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Brief History Of This Temple

The Govindaraja shrine is dedicated to Vishnu and is one of the 108 holy temples of Lord Vishnu called Divya Desam, revered by the 7th-9th-century saint poets of Vaishnava tradition, always. Kulasekara alwar mentions this temple as Tillai Chitrakutam and equates Chitrakuta of Ramayana fame with this shrine. King Kulothunga Chola II is believed to have uprooted the presiding Govindraja image from the shrine. The shrine has close connections with the Govindaraja temple in Tirupati dating back to saint Ramanuja of the 11-12th century.Ramanujar fled to Tirupati with the utsava of the temple to escape punishment.

In the 16th century, king Krishnappa Nayak was instrumental in installing the image of Govindaraja back in the temple. There was a lot of resistance from the Shaivites against placing the Vishnu image in a revered Shiva temple, but the king was unmoved and the image was installed in the present form.There is no satisfactory evidence of co-existence of the Shiva and Vishnu shrines within the same temple built during the same time – there was a dispute in 1849 regarding the rights on the Govindaraja idol and Alwar Sannidhi between Vaishnavas and Dikshitars and the position of Vaishnavas was upheld by the district court

Temple Legend

Temple Legend

Legents related to This Temple

As per legend, Govindarajan is believed to have descended for sage Kanvar and the 3,000 Dikshidars of the Thillai Natarajar temple.The temple is one of the two rare Divyadesams, with the other being Nilathingal Thundam Perumal temple, that is housed in a Shiva temple.

Temple Events

Temple Events

Events related to this Temple

10 day Chithirai Vasanth Utsav in April-May and Gajendra Moksha are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

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Govindaraja Perumal Temple Chidambaram

This temple belonging to the faith, Hinduism is in Cuddalore
Temple Timings

Temple Timings

Timings Of this Temple

6.30 to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

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