It is a rarest of the rare form in this temple that the 25 feet tall Lord Krishna graces from the sanctum sanctorum in a sitting form
Sri Pandavadhoodha Perumal Temple, Tirupadagam, 28-B,
Pandava Dhoodha Perumal Koil Street, Kancheepuram, 631-502. Kancheepuram district.
Phone: +91 44-2723 1899
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Darmaputra lost his land to Duryodhana in gambling. According to a compromise the Pandavas had to get back their share after 13 years of a life in exile including one year incognito. Duryodhana refused to comply with the conditions of the pact when Pandavas claimed their right after fulfilling the conditions. To ensure peace and avoid perennial enmity, Lord Krishna took up a mission to Duryodhana to have at least five houses for Pandavas. Duryodhana was adamant and refused Krishna's suggestion. Also, as advised by Sakuni, he dug a deep pit, placed wrestlers in, covered the pit with blankets and placed a chair for Krishna. When Lord Krishna sat on the seat, as expected, the chair went in and the wrestlers began to work. But they were even collectively unable to bear the weight of Krishna and were killed. Krishna grew taller with anger and revealed His furious Vishwarupa to the blind Dritharashtira, father of the wicked Duryodhana and warned them of the consequences. Thus the Lord became Pandava Dhooda.
After the Kurukshetra war, Pandavas' grandson Pareekshit ascended the throne and begged Acharya Vysampayana to tell him the story of his ancestors. Sage Vysampayana explained this Vishwarupa episode to the king. He also sought the advice of the sage to have this darshan of the Lord. He came to this place, performed penance on Lord Krishna in Kancheepuram and achieved his wish of the Vishwarupa darshan in this sacred land.
Lord Krishna undertook the job of a messenger for Pandavas, the five brothers to speak to Duryodhana to get back their share of land. Hence, He is praised as Pandava Dhoodha. He revealed His Vishwarupa darshan to blind Dridharashtira (father of the wicked Duryodhana brothers misled by their uncle Sakuni) in this place. The epigraphy in the temple shows the Lord's name as Dhoodha Hari. This is the place where the Lord graces His devotees with His Viswapadhayoga powers pressing His feet on earth. Step by step and Angapradakshina circumbulating award the devotee with many benefits. Lord Krishna is 25 feet tall in a sitting form here.
The place also has the reputation of the presence of Sri Arulala Perumal Emperumanar Yagnamurthy who challenged Sri Ramanuja for a debate. The debate went on for 18 days. He finally surrendered to Sri Ramanuja and became an Acharya. Rohini Devi worshipped Lord here and got the hands of Moon God in marriage. Moon married Rohini first having 'wisdom powers' followed with Kruthika (also a star deity) having Agni (fire) powers. He married other star deities later. It is said that Rohini Devi is worshipping the Lord in this temple invisibly every day. Those born in Rohini star are advised to worship in this temple on the star days, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Ashtami days and on the 8th of each month.