The Koodalazhagar Temple is located at Madurai and is dedicated to God Vishnu. The city of Madurai is renowned for a grand temple that is dedicated to Meenakshi and Sundreswarar.
About The Temple
This temple is quite huge and it spans across an area of around 2.5 acres. The temples boasts of some amazing stone grills and sculptures along with two prakarams and a huge 5 floored Rajagopuram. Besides the chief deity, this temple has shrines for subdeities that include: Lakshminarasimhar, Ramar, Krishnar, Andal, navagrahams and acharayas.
About The Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Koodalazhagar who is in a sitting posture. The moolavar faces the East direction. The consort of Koodalazhagar can be seen in a different sanctum, she is named Madhuravalli.
Legend and Stories
This temple is quite ancient and it is known to have been existing since the period of Sangam. This temple has been mentioned in Paripadal and Silappadikaram. The presiding deity of this temple was worshipped a lot by the Sangam poets. It is also known that The Pandya rulers celebrated the famous Avani Onam festival here in praise of Sri Koodal Alagar for a time of 7 days. This festival has also been mentioned in the Maduraikkanchi in the ten long poems called Pathupattu. The Ilangovadigal has revered God as Needu Neer-Vaigai Nedumal which means God who has travelled the whole universe in just three strides.
In this temple, every day, six pujas happen. The major festivals celebrated in this temple include Maasi Teppa Utsavam, Aadi Pooram, Krishna Jayanti, Puratassi Garuda Sevai, Navaratri, Kartikai and Vaikuntha Ekadasi.
Nearby Place To Visit
People who visit this temple also visit the nearby places such as:
Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar
This temple is situated in a perfect location. It is located in the middle of the hub of the city and is easily accessible through the nearest bus stand.
The nearest railway station to this temple is Madurai railway station.
The nearest airport from this temple is in Madurai.
Near Periyar Bus Stand,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For wish fulfillment
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.4 p.m. to 9 p.m.