About Temples

Varagur is a beautiful small village on the bank of river Kudamurutti,near Thiruvayauru in Tanjore district.

The moolavar (main deity) of the Sri Venkatesa Perumal temple is Sri Narayanan, known here as Sri Venkatesa Perumal. Moolavar Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal also known as Venkatesa Perumal is seen in a seated position with thayar Lakshmi in His lap.

According to archaelogical records, this deity was originally instituted as Sri Lakshmi Narayana by the Paranthaka Chola King also known as Veera Narayanan. The moolavar, utsavar deities are from the Chola period of architecture. Sri Narayana Theertha Swamigal an ardent devotee of sri Narayana, came to this village from Andhra Pradesh, following the banks of the river Kudamurutti. He stayed at a place called Nadu Cauvery for the night. Narayana Theerthar was suffering from acute stomach ailment. That night in his dream an old brahmin appeared and asked him to follow the first living being he sees on waking up. He sudenly woke up and saw a ‘swetha Varaham’ (white pig). He followed the pig through a small village. The pig went inside the Venkatesa Perumal temple and disappeared. Narayan Theerthar realised that it was the bhagawan Himself who came in the form of Varaham and showed him way to this temple. He realised that his stomach ache had also disappeared. Since his visit, the village came to be known as Varahapuri (வராஹபுரி), which later came to be known as Varagur (வரகூர்).

To him Srinivasa perumal appeared to be Sri Krishna with Rukmini and Bhama. He heard a heavenly voice asking him to sing in praise of sri Krishna about Krishna’s leela with gopikais. Till this date Sri Narayana Theerthar’s Sri Krishna Leela Tharangini is sung and celeberated in a grand manner during the month of ‘Thai’ (mid January) every year.

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