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.
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 is
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.
- Koodal Azhagar Sitting Posture East Facing
Goddess - Madhura Valli
Paasurams - Thirumangai Azhvaar(1),
05.30 AM - 12.00 PM
Evening - 04.00 PM - 09.00
Viswa Roopa Darshanam
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