In this divya desam, vekka, the moolavar (presiding deity) is seen reclining on Anandha (five headed snake, popularly known as Adhiseshan) with his thiruvadi (lotus feet) to devotees’ left, unlike any other temple. In the sanctum sanctorum the lord is seen with Saraswathi and Taayaar Komalavalli Nachiyaar.
Reason for the change in position of the lord:
The king called up Kani Kannan, who was a great disciple of Thirumazhisai Alwar, and asked that Thirumazhisai Alwar should come to his palace and should sing a poem on praising him. On hearing this, Kani Kannan said that all the poems and songs that comes from the mouth of Thirumazhisai Alwar belongs to Emperuman and it is impossible for him to come to the palace and sing a poem on praising the king.
Since the Perumal obeyed the words of Thirumazhisai Alwar and did what he said, he is called as "Sonna Vannam seitha perumal". Sonna vannam seitha means obeying and doing the same what was told to him. This name became famous and the lord is identified by this name only. Some call the lord as Yathothagari, which in Sanskrit means the same.
As a proof that the lord went out and came back, he is reclining from right to left.
- Poigai Alwar has sung 1 pasuram (2158)
- Pei Alwar has sung 4 pasurams (2307, 2343, 2345, 2357)
- Thirumazhisai Alwar has sung 3 pasurams (814, 815, 2417)
- Nam Alwar has sung 1 pasuram (2503)
- Thirumangai Alwar has sung 6 pasurams (1854, 2059, 2064, 2065, 2673(70), 2674 (127)
Location: This divya desam is located in Kanchipuram, which is about 50 Kms. from Chennai, very near Varadarajan temple.