The Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is situated in Uraiyur, Trichy. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples.
About the Temple
The temple is also called Thirukozhi or Nachiyar Koil and is constructed in Dravidian style. The temple is surrounded by a granite wall that encloses all its shrines and has a five- tiered Rajagopuram which is said to have been built in the 8th century AD by Cholas.
About the Deity
The temple houses separate shrines for Ramanujar and Nammazhwar (one of the 12 Azhwars) in this temple. The inner walls of this temple contain the paintings of Nammazhwar and also contain the images of all the 12 Azhwars, Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is said to be the second temple among 108 Divya Desam temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is said to be glorified as Divya Prabandha in the Tamil literatures.
Legend and Stories
Legend goes that King Nanda Chola was ruling Uraiyur at that time. He was so worried that he had no children and he worshipped Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was pleased by the Worship made by Nanda Chola and asked Goddess Lakshmi, His consort, to born as a daughter for the childless King Nanda Chola. Goddess Lakshmi, as a child, was found by the king Nanda Chola on a lotus tank while he went for hunting. And as the child was found on a lotus, the child was named Kamalavalli. Years passed, and Kamalavalli, a beautiful young girl, fell in love with Lord Ranganathar (the presiding deity of Srirangam Ranganatha Swami temple). The king Nanda Chola instantly made arrangements and got her married to Lord Ranganathar, who blessed the king Nanda Chola with child. As a celebration, the king Nanda Chola built a temple at Uraiyur. Since Lord Vishnu was in the form of a beautiful groom, he named the temple as Azhagiya Manavalan Temple.
Serthi Sevai – March or April
Dolostava – March or April
Vasanthothsava (spring festival) – March or April
Navaratri – October
Ushathkala pooja – 7 a.m.
Kalasanthi pooja – 8:00 a.m.
Uchikala pooja – 12:00 p.m.
Sayarakshai pooja – 6:00 p.m.
Irandamkala pooja – 7:00 p.m.
Ardha Jaama pooja – 8:00 p.m.
Nearby Place To VisitSri Ranganathaswamy Temple
- Sri Purushothaman Perumal Temple
- Sri Vadivazhagiya Nambi Perumal Temple
- Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple
Trichy/Tiruchirapalli is well connected to cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, and Colombo. The Trichy airport is about 7 km from the city. Tiruchirappalli is an important Railway junction of the Southern Railways. It connects many important cities and towns of South India such as Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai and Chidambaram. Tiruchirappalli is well connected by road to Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry and Thanjavur/Tanjore.
Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple
Uraiyur, Trichy district
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.