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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruppaadakam

Location :  Kancheepuram  
Perumaal :  Pandava Dhoothapperumaal
Thaayaar :  Rukmini, Satyabhama
Theertham : Matsya Theertham
Paasuram  : ThirumangaiAzhwar, Thirumazhisai, BhootathAzhwar, PeyAzhwar Vimaanam : Bhadra Vimanam
Travel Base : Chennai, Kancheepuram

Description: This Dhivya Desam is located in Chinna Kancheepuram. The Dhivya Desams revered by the Azhwars in Perumaal Kanchi are Attigiri (the vast Varadharaja Perumal Temple), Ashtabuyakaram, Thiruttankaa, Thiruvelukkai and Thiruvegkaa, while those in Shiva  Kanchi are Thiru Oorakam (Ulagalanda Perumaal Koyil) , Thiru Neeragam, Thiruppaatakam, Nilaattingal Tundam, Thirukkaaragam, Thirukkaarvaanam, Thirukkalvanur, Thiruppavalavannam and Parameswara Vinnagaram. The vast Ekambreswarar Temple(Prithvi Stalam)  revered by the Thevaram hymns, is located in Periya (Shiva) Kanchi, as are the Kamakshiamman and the Kumara Kottam Temples.

 

Deities: The Moolavar here is Pandava Dhootar (the messenger of the Pandavas) in a seated posture facing East - an imposing 28 feet high image. Rukmini and Satyabhama are also enshrined here.  There is a separate shrine for Rukmani. This is an East facing Temple with a 3-tiered rajagopuram. The Temple tank is located within the Temple precincts. There are shrines to Ganesha, the Azhwars, Ramanujacharyar and Manavaala maamuni.

 

Legend has it that the descendant of the Pandavas Janamejayan, heard of the the legend of the great epic Mahabharatam from Vaisampayana, and was fascinated by the epic instance of Krishna proceeding to Hastinapuram as a messanger of the Pandavas. He is believed to have performed the Aswamedha sacrifice, and meditated upon Krishna and at the conclusion of the sacrifice, Krishna is said to have appeared before him as Pandava Dhootar at Kancheepuram.