Name of the Temple
Sri Sonnavannam seitha perumal temple
Period of origin
Before 2000 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: YaaThoth Gaari Perumal or Sonna Vannam Seitha Perumal
Thayar: Komalavalli Thaayar
Pushkarani: Poigai ,Vegavathi River
Vimanam: Vedasara Vimanam.
Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumazhisai Alwar, Thirumangai Alwar , Poigai Alwar, Nammalwar
Once in Brahma logam, there was an argument that who is greater between Saraswathi and Sri Lakshmi. Brahma said that it is Lakshmi who is found on the heart of Sri Vishnu is the greatest. Next, Saraswathi asked which river is the big river. But, unfortunately Brahma answered that the greatest river is River Ganga which is originating from the feet of Sri Vishnu is the greatest. On hearing this, Saraswathi got angry and quit from the disappeared and went along the banks of river Ganga and started doing Tapas. Naan mughan, Brahma wanted to do the great Ashwametha Yagam in Kanchipuram and wanted Saraswathi to be along with him. So, he sent his son Vashistan to make Saraswathi come back to him. But, Saraswathi refused to come along with him. After this, Brahma devan started the Yagam keeping Savithri and all of his wives with him.
On seeing this, the Asuraas wanted to destroy the Yagam and went to Saraswathi and made her angry by telling her what is happening. She got angry on Brahma devan and started as “Vegavathi” river along the south direction and flow across the place of the Yagam to destroy it . But, Sriman Narayanan wanted to stop Vegavadhi river and protect the Yagam from her. So, he stoped the river by lying across the river on Aadhiseshan. Because of this, this perumal is also named as “Vega Sethu”. This Vega Sethu then became Vegavanai and then finally named as “Vekkanai” and finally became “Vekka”. Hence this place called as “TiruVekka”.
Once ThirumazhisaiAzhvaar’s disciple KaniKannan was heard singing praise of the Lord. Pleased with his voice, the king ordered that KaniKannan sing praise of him too. KaniKannan refused stating that he would sing praise only of the Lord and not of others. An upset king banished him from the kingdom. KanniKannan narrated the happening to his guru Thirumazhisai Azhvaar who decided to accompany him out of the kingdom. Thirumazhisai Azhvaar went up to the Lord and requested him too to join them on their journey. And the three left the place- This action plunged the entire kingdom into darkness. Realizing his mistake, the king reached out to Thirumazhisai Azhvaar and requested that the three of them come back to the kingdom. Thirumazhisai Azhvaar asked the Lord to return to his residing place. The Lord is said to have followed this instruction immediately and in this hurried return is said to have slept in the opposite direction
As one enters the Sannidhi, one feels that there is something different, that one is not normally used to seeing in Vishnu temples. Here at ThiruVekka, is seen in a different sleeping posture from right to left (Maaru Sayanam) with his head resting on the left hand. In all other Divya Desams, where the Lord is represented in a sleeping posture, he can be seen sleeping from left to right with his head resting on his right hand.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Yathothakaari. Other names are Sonnavannam seitha Perumal and Vegasethu. Moolavar is in Kidantha Kolam (Bhujanga Sayanam), facing in West direction. Prathyaksham for Brahma Devan, Poigai, Bootham Alwar, Kanikannan.
The Garuda Seva in this Kshetra, which is conducted annually in the month of Vaikasi(May-June), starting in the star of Thiruvonam is very famous all over the world. The Sanctum Sanctorum runs to about 1200 ft in length and 800 ft in width. A 100-pillared mantapam in front of the sanctum sanctorum is very famous
This is the Birth Place of great sage Poigai Alwar
1 Km away from Sri Varadharajar temple, 2 km from Vishnu Kanchibus stop, Opposite to Asthabhujam Temple,The Temple is accessible from the Kanchipuram Railway station which is situated en route Chengelput – Arakkonam Railway line.
Temple Telephone Number:
044 -37209752, 37209705
Sri Son vannam seitha perumal temple