glorified by the Azhwar saints of 6th–9th centuries AD. Here, Vishnu, is worshipped as Pandava Thoothar Perumal
and his consort is Lakshmi as Rukmini. Pada meaning big
and Agam meaning residence; ''Thirupadagam'' implies that
Sri Vishnu resides here with his giant form. The temple follows the Thenkalai Sambrathayam of Vaishnavite tradition and follows vaikanasa agama.
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brothers, hence the name. Three yearly festivals are given due importance and among them the Krishna Janmashtami festival, that is held in the Tamil month of Aavani (August–September) is quite popular and is celebrated with religious fervor and Bhakti.
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Vishvarupa - a giant form in the court. Dhritarashtra, blind father of Duryodhana was just overwhelmed and requested Krishna to make him blind again as he did not wish to see anything after this Vishwaroopa Darshanam. Janamajeya, the great-grandson of Arjuna was blessed with Vishwaroopa Darshanam in the later
The east facing shrine has a vimana called Bhadra Vimana. The preceding hall to the main sanctum, Mukha Mandapa, has bronze images of the festival deities (Utchavars) of the temple and Azhwars. The idol of Arulala Permula Emburamanar, the disciple of Ramanujais a unique one here. It is to be noted that his image is rarely found in other Vishnu temples. The Shrine dedicated of Rukmini, consort of Krishna is to the south of the main shrine. The temple, with all shrines and two bodies of water are enclosed by a granite wall
Azhwar saints such as Peyalvar, Bhoothathazhwar,
Thirumazhisai Aazhwar, Nammazhwar and Thirumangai
Azhwar have sung in praise of the different forms of Pandava Thoothar. An interesting feature is there is separate shrine for Saint Emperumalar who, it is believed, was born in this plac. Once he had a debate (Dhargam) with saint Ramanuja for 18 days and finally became his disciple.
Krishna Janmasthami, celebrated during the Tamil month of Aavani (August - September) is a major festival. The other major festival is during Bharani of Karthigai (November–December) in honour of Arulala Peruman Emperumanar.The temple, with all shrines and two bodies of water are enclosed by a granite wall.