The grand image of Varadaraja Perumal, enshrined atop the Hastigiri hill, is believed to have emerged from a yaga conducted by Brahma.
Varadaraja Perumal is also associated with the Gajendra Moksha episode wherein Vishnu saved an elephantdevotee from the clutches of a crocodile.
The important preceptors (acharyas) connected with this temple are Thirukkachi Nambi, Ramanujacharya, Kurattazhvan and Vedanta Desika.
The original image of this temple was Atthi Varadar, made from the wood of the fig tree.
This magnificent deity is kept at the bottom of the temple tank called anantasaras and taken out for worship for 48 days once in 40 years.
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