Pandavadhootar Temple is located in Kanchipuram , Tamil Nadu and it is also one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desam. The deity is huge. We have to really bend to see him. Krishna is very beautiful. There is a story behind this too.
The temple has been built by Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar kings. The temple has three inscriptions in its two rock-cut caves, two dating from the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1070–1120 CE) and one to that of Rajadhiraja Chola (1018-54 CE).
The stalapurana is as follows
Pandavas had sent lord Krishna as a messenger of peace, so that many people would not be killed in the Mahabharata war. Dhuriyodhana knew that if he should be able to win the war, Lord Krishna should not be alive. As a result he made a throne of bamboo and there were thousand soldiers under it. Lord Krishna was aware of this and took a massive form (Vishwaroopam). The bamboo throne fell down and massive lord Krishna came down with it killing all the soldiers.
Here the God gives ‘Aham Bhakta Paradeenan’ that is He will do anything for His bhakthas. His pride is to be a messenger for the Pandavas at Pandava Dhootar temple.
There will be a board saying ‘Pandava dhootha Perumal temple’. There is a four tiered Rajagopuram at the entrance.After entering into the ‘Gopura vasal’ there is a huge dwajhasthambam and can enter the temple precincts after worshipping Garudazhwar and Anjaneya who are in the same sannidhi. Then there is a sixteen pillared mandapam. There are boards displaying the sthala puranam and stotrams and pasurams. As we step into the sanctum and then we can see azhwars and acharyas and the divyamangala vigraham of Arulalaperumal Emperumanar.
In that small garbhagriham we stood can see the gigantic form of the God seated in ardha padmasana (One Feet folded and the other dangling) posture almost 30 feet in height. His Right Hand is in Abhayahasta (Palm points to us in blessing) and His Left in Varada hasta. (Palm points to His Feet). His two Arms look like wings and sparks seem to emanate from His Tirumeni.
Facing East His Tall Crown, Tiruman and beautiful Lotus Eyes, the necklaces and chains and the rings on His Fingers are all sculpted and the beautiful carvings on His Tirumeni are astounding. After crossing this mandapam we can visit Thayar Sannidhi . There is an elephant on either side of the mandapam and at the top of the mandapam we saw Gajalakshmi flanked by Garudazhwar on either side. The temple is considered one of three oldest temples in Kanchipuram.
Will recomend anyone to visit and get blessed. The kind of peace you get and the vibration you feel in this temple cannot be explained but only can be experienced. So Make it a point to atleast go there ones and receive the blessings of Padava Dhoodha Perumal. Jai Sri Krishna.Author: Vaishnavi Dilipan on May 23, 2018