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Re: varadaraja perumal

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sun Jun 03 2001 - 03:46:10 PDT

At 01:52 AM 6/3/01 -0700, you wrote:
>dear all
>i have heard that the perumal of kaancheepuram is
>known as ATHHI VARADAR, since the moolavar is made of
>athhi wood. is it true, can any body give information
>about this 
Yes, the PerumAL at Kanchi is known by the name of
Atthigiri AruLAlar . Although the Moola BhEram of
Sri VaradarAja PerumAL resting in the PushkaraNi 
is made from Atthi wood and is brought out every
twelve (?) years for worship, the real reason
of linking the Prefix of Atthi has to do with
the word "Hasthi" in Sanskrit , which has changed to
Atthi in Tamil. Hasthi means Elephant .The small hillock
on which the Lord stands is known as Hasthigiri. 
All of this relates to SthalapurANam , where Brahma 
performed a Major Yaj~nam to have the darsanam of 
the Lord , who appeared out of the Agni Kuntam under
PuNyakOti VimAnam .

There are material in the archives dating to Feb 2000
on Kanchi PerumAL that you may wish to refer to.


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