Varadaraja Perumal (Vishnu) Temple, Kanchipuram - with Golden Lizard
Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. It is an ancient temple and one of the 108 divyadesams, the holy abodes of Vishnu. It is located in part of Kanchipuram called the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for a lot of famous Vishnu temples, including this one. One of the greatest Vaishnava saints, Sri Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple. In one of the upper chambers is a giant golden lizard. Makeshift ladders permit devotees to touch the lizard. Devotees believe that touching the lizard in this sanctified chamber absolves us of the sin of previously hurting lizards; it also protects us from future harm by lizards. There is a legend of a prince from Ayodhya and his wife who were turned to lizards by a curse. On praying at this temple, they regained their human form. People who suffer from skin ailments or those who have inadvertently killed animals like lizards or snakes should offer worship at this temple as prayaschittam. Parihara.com brings you a golden opportunity to offer worship at this Divyadesam temple. The prasadam box sent to you will contain the famous Kanchi kumkumam, chandanam, sacred thread (raksha), photo of the deity and kalkandu sugar prasadam offered on your behalf.