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Koodal Alagar Temple Madurai

Koodal Alagar Temple MaduraiOne of the most ancient temples in Madurai, Koodal Azhagar temple One of the 108 Divyadesams of the Vaishnavites is dedicated to lord Vishnu. located about 2 km west of the city. You can see three altars in the temple, one on top of the other, in which Lord Vishnu is in three different poses: sitting, standing, and reclining. The main deity of the temple is Koodal Alagar, who is in a sitting posture. Above the shrine are the altars of Sri Ranganatha, in a reclining pose, and Sri Surya-Narayan Perumal, in a standing pose. Some of the handiwork especially the carvings of Lord Rama's coronation is spectacular. The shadow of the vimanam (gopuram) never falls on the ground. It is one of the few temples in the country built in tiers.

Koodal Alagar Temple MaduraiThis temple covers an area of about 2.5 acres. This is a beautiful temple, with interesting stone grills and sculptures. One can climb up and take a closer look at the Ashtanga Vimanam which enshrines Pallikonda Perumal in one of its levels, and Surya Narayanan in a standing posture in the other. This aspect of a vimanam enshrining three different postures of Vishnu is similar to that at the Vaikuntha Perumaal temple at Kanchipuram. This vimanam which dwarfs the rajagopuram (as in Tirukkoshtiyur) is of great beauty; stucco images depicting scenes from the epics are noteworthy. Imposing stone walls surround the temple. There are also shrines to Lakshminarasimhar, Ramar, Krishnar, Andal. The Navagrahams are enshrined here, a feature not seen in Vaishnavite temples.

This Divya Desam is located in the heart of Madurai. Madurai is known primarily for its grand temple dedicated to Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, which overshadows the Tevarastalam Tiru Aappanoor and the Divya Desam Tirukkoodal. is one of the gopurams of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple (Tirukkoodalaalavaai). Tirumangaialwar mentions Kozhi (Uraiyur) and Koodal in a verse while Tirumazhisai Alwar mentions Koodal along with Tiruvenkatam in a verse. Perialwar is said to have sung Pallandu at Koodal. Kallazhagar is enshrined at Azhagar Koyil, and Srivilliputtur enshrines Kattazhagar, while Madurai enshrines Koodalazhagar.

The Moolavar here is Koodalazhagar in a seated posture facing east, while Taayaar isKoodal Alagar Temple Madurai Madhuravalli in a separate sanctum. The name Koodal stems from the legend that at the behest of Vishnu, four clouds gathered at Madurai in the form of tall buildings, and prevented a deluge from overpowering the city.

Six worship services are offered each day. The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi, during which Dasavataram is enacted. Also celebrated are the Maasi Teppa Utsavam, Aadi Pooram, Krishna Jayanti, Purattasi Garuda Sevai, Navaratri, Kartikai, Panguni Uthiram and Vaikuntha Ekadasi.

Moolavar       - Koodal Azhagar Sitting Posture East Facing
Goddess        - Madhura Valli Thaayar
Paasurams     - Thirumangai Azhvaar(1), ThiruMazhisaiAzhvaar (1)

Morning  -       05.30 AM - 12.00 PM
Evening   -      04.00 PM - 09.00 PM


S.No                                     Pooja Name                                        Pooja Timing
1                                   Viswa Roopa Darshanam                06.00 AM.
2                                   Kaala santhi                                08.00 AM.
3                                   Upasanthi                                   10.00 AM.
4                                   Uchikaalam                                  12.00 PM.
5                                   Saayaratchai                               05.00 PM.
6                                   Rathiri upasanthi                           07.00 PM.
7                                   Arthajaamam                                09.00 PM.

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