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Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple

Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple of Kanchipuram is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is believed to be the birthplace of Ramanuja, the exponent of Vishishtadvaita philosophy. The temple has six daily rituals at various times of the day. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The temple is one among the 108 Divyadesas of Perumal. This is the only Perumal temple where the Lord appears with 8 hands-bhujas.

Temple architecture
The temple has a rectangular plan surrounded by 10 ft high walls, pierced by a seven-tier gopuram, which is the gateway tower. The main deity of the temple is housed in the sanctum, and is an image made of granite in standing posture. The central shrine of the temple is approached through a worship hall and a narrow Ardha mandapam.

The worship hall also has images of Azhwars on both sides, and the shrine of Yathirajavalli is located in the second precinct. The gold plated hall in front of the shrine of Ramanuja was gifted by the Maharaja of Mysore. There is a Bhoodakal hall where the festive images of the presiding deity and is consort are housed during the festival.

Rituals and Festivals
The Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple is open from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The temple rituals (pujas) are performed on regular basis and during the festivals on daily basis. The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Ushathkalam at 8 a.m., Kalasanthi at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 7:00 p.m.

The temple celebrated various festivals, with Chitirai Brahmotsavam, Masi Pooram festival during February - March and Panguni Uthiram festival during March - April being the most prominent. During the Chittirai Brahmotsavam, the temple car carrying the festival deities of Adikesava and Yathiraja natha valli is drawn around the streets of Sriperumbudur. The festival is followed by Thiruavadara Utsavam of Ramanuja, the birthday festival of the saint.

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