Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a prominent and historic Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in Thirubuvanai village, Pondicherry. It is 8 kms away from Puducherry city center.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a fine example of Dravidian style of architecture. Varadharaja Perumal Temple is enclosed by a granite wall and has a five tiered rajagopuram - the gateway tower. The rajagopuram is 100 ft high. Varadharaja Perumal Temple was built by the Cholas during 11th century, later it was expanded by the Pandyas. The temple has an image of Varadharaja Perumal in standing posture along with idols of both sridevi and bhudevi on the side. The temple has separate shrine of lord Narasimha behind the main deity.
Four daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at Varadharaja Perumal Temple. The ten days annual Brahmotsavam during Tamil month of chittirai (April - May) and five day pavitrotsavam , and 25 days ramar festival being the most imperative. The water in the temple tank is considered to be medicinal, devotees take a dip to cure for common illness. During the festival of Ramanavami, the festive images of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman are taken around the streets in the temple chariot drawn by thousands of devotees.
Devotees come here for the ritual Annaprasana for their infants. It is a practice of making their infants to write the first alphabet in the plate of rice. And they'll feed infants for the first time in front of the deity, which they considered as a blessing for the kid. Varadharaja Perumal Temple can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Saturday is considered as a special day here.