I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to my Mom's Kula Devata, the Veeraraghava Perumal Vishnu Temple in Thiruvallore. Many things have happened in this location over the ages, including Vishnu reteaching the Vedas to Brahma after he forgot it due to his fifth head being cut off (which I discuss here). My question is about another incident that happened here, the one that gave it the name "Veeraraghava."

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The story as I understand it goes roughly as follows. Rama decides to perform an Ashwamedha Yagna to free himself from the sin of killing a Brahmin (namely Ravana). But you can't perform an Ashwamedha Yagna without your wife, and Sita had already departed the Earth. Rama's advisors urge him to marry someone else, but he refuses because he has taken an Ekapatni Vrata (a vow to marry only one wife). Instead, he places a golden statue of Sita next to him as he performs the Yagna. But then he has a dream where Sita appears and tells him something like "Rama, how could you? I am your wife and you are putting a golden statue next to you? If so, you should marry that statue in a future birth!" And indeed, in the Kali Yuga the golden statue is reborn as Vasumati, daughter of the king Dharmasena. Then Vishnu comes again in the form of Rama and marries her. In any case, to this day the statue of Vasumati in the temple is referred to as "Swarnasita", or golden Sita.

Now the story of Rama performing Yagnas next to a golden statue of Sita is well-known; it's described in this chapter of the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. But my question is, are there any scriptures that describe the golden statue being reborn as Dharmasena's daughter Vasumati? Is the story of Vishnu marrying Vasumati even mentioned in any Hindu scripture?

By the way, Thiruvallur is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which I discuss here.

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    My Grandmother used to visit this temple of Veera Raghava Swamy in Tiruvallur. She once told me this story which i vaguely remembered. This question is like recollecting my memory.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 10:15
  • And what's story behind name "Veera Raghava" Swamy? Is Raghava related to "Raghu", ancestor of Rama?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 10:39
  • @AnilKumar Yeah, Raghava means "descendant of Raghu", so Veera Raghava means "the brave descendant of Raghu", i.e. Rama. Of course, the temple has nothing to do with his bravery as such, it's just being used as an epithet for Rama. Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 13:31
  • was there any ancestor of Rama who was avatar of Vishnu?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 13:40
  • @AnilKumar Yeah, there was Mandhata, whom I discuss in this question: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7221/36 Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 13:43


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