Thiru Ooragam

We have seen the lord in different pose in various temples. He would give his dharshan in Nindra thirukolam (Standing pose), Kidhanda thirukolam (Sleeping pose) or Irundha thirukolam (Sitting pose) or even as he is walking (temples where the lord is depicted as Thivikraman). In this Divya Desam emperuman is unique in all counts.

Emperuman has manifested in the form of Adhiseshan, the five headed snake in this temple. He is present in a seperate sannidhi next to Ulagalandha perumal in Thiru Ooragam. Ooragam signifies snake and lord Vishnu gave dharshan to Mahabali as the serpent lord, this place came to be called Ooragam and the lord is called Ooragathan.



Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. This is one of the oldest temples located on east side of Sri Kamakshi Temple of Kanchi. The main idol of Lord Trivikrama is 35ft and there are sannidhis dedicated to Karakathan, Oorakathan, Neerakathan and Karvanathan within the temple premise.


Mahabali Chakravarthy, the grandson of Prahaladhan, did a very big yagam (or) homam to get the Devendra logam, which is referred to as “Swargham”. But, the lokam belongs to Indiran, who is the King of that lokam. Being a great devotee of Sriman Narayanan, he was capitulated by temptation and deceided to acquire the Devendra Lokam. To make him understand and to punish him, Sriman Narayanan took the Vaamana avathar (dwarf) and asked for 3 feets of his land. On hearing this, Mahabali said that he can take 3 feets of his land. But as a surprise to Mahabali, Sriman Narayanan who came there as Vaamanan (dwarf) grew up in height, and his head touched the sky. Using the first step, he measured the sky and earth and with the second feet or step, he covered the heaven and more tha it. Finally, he asked for the third feet of land. For this, Mahabali surrenders his own head as the third feet and was finally bleassed by Sriman Narayanan.

When his head was stamped by Emperumaan’s feet, he could not get the dharshan of Thirivikraman. Mahabali saw the lord only as Vamanan and wanted to see the lord as Trivikraman. He undertook penance at this divya desam, lord was pleased and gave his dharshan as Trivikraman, as the lord was towering he was not able to see the lord fully, up on his request lord gave his dharshan as Aadiseshan (Ooragathan) which can be seen next to Ulagalandha Perumal.

The moral that is explained by the Perumal is that all the things that are in exisit in this world belongs to Emperumaan, Sriman Narayanan and this is cleary explained throught the Ulagalandhan (Thirivikrama) Perumal.

All the living things (Jeeva raasis) and its Aathmaas belong to the Emperumaan’s feet and it is explained through “Thiru Ooragathaan”.


Ulagalandha Perumal


Perumal/Lord/Presiding Deity

The moolavar of this sthalam is Ulagalandha Perumal; Utsavar is Sri LokaNathan; NINDRA Thirukkolam giving his seva and facing his thirumugam in west direction. Prathyaksham for Aadiseshan.


        Amrutha Valli Tayar


Sara Srikara Vimanam


Naga Theertham


Thirumazhisai Alwar – 2 Pasurams

Tirumangai Alwar – 4 Pasuram


In this Sthalam, Ulagalandha Perumal, Thirivikraman gave his Prathyaksham for Ooragam, who is the Aadhiseshan. Both Aadiseshan and Thirivikraman are the other ways the Emperumaan giving seva in this sthalam.

Over 30 feet in height of Ulagalandha Perumal
Left leg is seen lifted at a right angle(to the body), parallel to the ground.
Right leg is seen placed on Mahabali’s head
2 fingers on his left hand stretched out referring to the two steps he took to measure this world
1 stretched finger on his right hand indicates the question the Lord posed to MahaBali as to where he could place his 3rd step

The gigantic Ulagalantha Perumal is special to Kanchipuram and a Lord of this size, and in this form, cannot be seen in any other Divya Desam.

Temple and Sannidhis

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Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Utsavar (Sri LokaNathan)
Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Utsavar (Sri LokaNathan)


In Thai month (mid of January month to mid of febraury month) a very big utsavam is done.

Garuda seva is the special Vaaganam of this temple.



Inside this Sthalam, other 3 divyadesams namely, Neeragam, Karagam and Kaaravannam are found.

There is no Utsava murthy (processional deity) nor any thaayaar.

Doing Thirumanjanam (divine bath to Perumal) for Ooragathaan is said to cure all sorts of problems.

It is believed that this Lord fulfils the prayers of unwedded girls and childless couples.

One popular belief is that this lord fulfils prayers of unwedded girls for early marriage. A framed picture of this lord can be found on the inner prakaram of Perundevi thaayaar(thaayaar sannidhi in Varadarajar temple – Kanchipuram), the picture is identified as ‘Kalyana Naagar’. You can notice devotees tracing the profile of the lord with manjal(turmeric) prasadam.



Located in Ulagalandha perumal temple in Kanchipuram. The temple is on the way to Sri Kamakshi Temple  from Kancheepuram bus stand.


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