One of the Divya Desams in Kanchipuram.
Location: Kanchipuram (Tondai Naadu)
Travel Base:Chennai, Kanchipuram.
Famous as the birthplace of the venerable Sri Vaishnavite Acharya Vedantha Desika. Sri Vedantha Desika was an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Hayagriva – the manifestation of Vishnu with the head of a horse. Lord Hayagriva is the personification of intelligence and knowledge.
It is quite natural that, as a devotee of Lord Sri Hayagriva, Sri Vedantha Desika was a scholar with a peerless intellect. In his celebrated work – the Hayagriva Stotram, Sri Desika prays:
“Harathu anthar dvaantham hesha hala hala”
[Lord! May the Divine sound of your wondrous voice remove our inner darkness]
The Thaayar is Sri Maragathavalli.The Lord at Thiruthankaa has a wonderful Thiru-naamam- Deepa Prakaasar [in Tamil, this translates to Vilakkoli Perumal].
Everything associated with this Divya Desam is related to aspects of knowledge. The Theertham here is called the Saraswathi Theertham. Naturally, there are Sannidhis for Vedantha Desika and Lord Sri Hayagriva.