Madurai - Koodal Azhagar Perumal and Inmayi Nammai Tharuvar Temple

Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple:

Temple Timings: 5:30 am to 12 noon and  4 pm to 9 pm

This lovely temple is one of the 108 Divya Deshams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is located near by Periyar Bus stand and Madurai Railway station. As mentioned in our previous post titled Madurai - Thoonga Nagaram (the city that never sleeps), when marriage was fixed between Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswar, Lord Kallazhagar was asked to come and give as kannika dhanam. But was not able to come to the marriage as there was a flood. Hence, during an auspicious hours the marriage took place with the help of Koodal Azhagar Perumal.

Koodal Azhagar Perumal is in the gigantic seating posture along with Sridevi and Boodevi. If you want to have a closer view of the deities then buy ₹ 5 ticket. The unique feature of this temple is Ashtaanga Vimanam (tower above the Sanctum sanctorum in a Hindu temple). The other one is at ThiruKostiyur. The sanctum sanctorums are seen one above the another. Don't forget to have darshan of Ashtanga vimanam. Theppotsava festival (need to buy ticket for this) is done on the day of Maasi magam (Feburary - March) .

In Ashtanga vimanam, Lord Surya Narayanan is in standing pose at the first tier and at the second tier Lord Ksheerabdir Perumal is in the reclining pose. There are beautiful wall paintings inside the Ashtanga vimanam.

The speciality of this temple is that the Lord is seen in different posture (sitting , standing and sleeping) under one vimanam while in other Divyadesham we see either sitting, standing or sleeping posture.

Here Maduravalli thayar is in Padmasana (sitting) posture and she is said to be Padhi Thanda Patni (one who does not leave the confines of the her sanctum).

Nearer to this temple lies Immayil Nammai Tharuvar Temple.

Immayil Nammai Tharuvaar Temple:

Lord Shiva  reliefs  the sin done by his devotees in this birth itself. One need not wait for the another birth to get rid of the sins. Hence the name Inmayil Nammai Tharuvaar.

During the month of Margazhi (December - January) it is opened and closed earlier than the time mentioned above. It would be better to get temple timing details before you plan for the visit.

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