Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi

Aadhi Varaha Perumal, Kallidaikurichi

Vaishnavite Temples - Tirunelveli District


Aadhi Varaha Perumal, facing east


Sreedevi and Bhoodevi in separate shrines, facing east

Other Deities

Garudan, Lakshmi Narayanan, Dasavataram, Vishwaksenar, 12 Azhwars

Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi looks small from the outside, but the temple is quite large once you enter. There are 2 Prakarams and a cloistered corridor Mantapam runs around the outer Prakaram and the shrines of Sreedevi and Bhoodevi on the south and north corners of the western side. The covered inner prakaram consists of a Maha Mantapam, Ardha Mantapam, Antralaya, and the Sanctum Sanctorum. The idol of Moola Garudan faces the lord here. The Mantapams have beautifully carved pillars all around. The inner prakaram runs as a circumambulatory path around the Sanctum Sanctorum. Garuda is carved on the west sidewall. Lord Vishnu in his Varaha Avatar is seen sitting with Mahalakshmi on his lap, folded left leg and right leg on the ground. Water from the Tamiraparani River is brought for the Lord’s ablution every day. Garuda Sevai for the lord here is performed about 40 times a year which is said to be one of the highest. As the lord is seen with his consort on his lap he is also called Nithya Kalyana Perumal and the place as Kalyanapuri. The Vimaanam above the Sanctum Sanctorum here at Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi has Lord Vishnu in the Sayana (sleeping) Posture in a separate sanctum at the first level. He is seen reclining on Aadhisesha the multiheaded snake, along with his consorts, Brahma, Sage Markandeya, Sage Arunan, and Garuda. The vimaanam also has paintings with herbal colors. The processional deity here is Lakshmipathi with his consorts. The other old names of this place are Silamathya Hrusvam, Salipuram, Thirukaranthai, Karanthayar Palayam, and Kalyanapuri.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Tamiraparani River

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi is an old temple as is evident from the architecture and other details of the sculptures. Inscriptions between 1478 and 1523 CE mention various donations of land, grain, and other items to Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi and other temples. It is said that several dynasties including the Nayak Kings have contributed to the temple which is about 850 years old. Muthuswamy Dikshithar (1775 – 1835 CE) has composed Lakshmi Varaha Bajaham Krithis (in Abhogi Raga) about the Lord here at Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi where he refers to him as ‘Tamiraparani Theera Kubera Prathistitham’.


Kubera, the custodian of wealth, is believed to have undertaken a penance here and the lord appeared out of a floating box that came in the Tamiraparani. He then installed the main deity here and worshiped here at Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi. Kal Idai Kurichi meaning village in between rocks or hills used to be a forest frequented by hunters in the ancient days and finds mention in the Tamiraparani Mahatmaeyam of Matsya Purana. Another legend mentioned in the Tamiraparani Mahatmaeyam says that a king called Vishnudarman was performing Ashwameda Yaga in the presence of all gods and devas. As the Yaga concluded and all the guests left, Kubera advised the king to install the deity of Lord Varaha Murthy and worship him. As he did so the vessels that were used in the ritual transformed into idols also. Another legend is that the idol of the lord was discovered in the Aadhi Varaha Theertham here by King Veerasena that was installed by Kubera. But all legends mention that Kubera has worshiped the Lord here at Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi.


Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kallidaikurichi is in the center if Kallidaikurichi village which is 32 kilometers west of Tirunelveli and just before Ambasamudram. Kallidaikurichi is famous for its Appalams (Poppadams) and can be bought in the Agraharam (street) in front of the temple.

Stay and Food

None locally except tea and snack shops. Ambasamudram is the closest.

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