As per the Legends, Lord Brahma performed Yajna here to purify himself with His Consorts Gayatri and Savitri by ignoring Goddess Saraswathi. Enraged by this, Goddess Saraswathi took the form as a fast-flowing river Vegavathi and tried to sweep the whole region with high tides. On request of Lord Brahma, Lord Maha Vishnu laid himself in reclining position to check the floods. When Lord Brahma's Yajna was conculded, Lord Vishnu emerged dazzling with the sparkling of Thousand suns from the Yajna fire.
Iravath (God Indra's Vehicle) lifted Lord Varadaraja as a mount, Athi mount. There are 24 steps to Atthigiri Temple.
This temple was built by chola kings in 1053 A.D and it was expanded by Chola King Kulutthunga Chola I and Vikra Cholas during 1075 - 1135 AD. Later, temple was renovated by Vijayanagar Kings in 12th century A.D. This temple has four Prakarams with two huge Gopuras. Main entrance Raja Gopuram ( Temple Tower) is of 96 ft Tall.
How to reach Varadaraja Perumal Temple
- Temple is 3.6 km from Kanchipuram bus station
- Temple is 4.8 km from Kanchipuram Railway station