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Appakudathan Thirupernagar ( Koviladi )

Kovil means temple and Adi means old or first and hence the Koviladi. The Moolavar is Appakudathan and the Urchavar is Appala Ranganathar. His Consort (Thayar) is known by the names Indira Devi and Kamalavalli. The sthala vriksham is Purasa tree or Vilva maram. The holy water or theertham is Indira Pushkarni or Mrityu Vinasini Theertham. Periazhwar, Tirumazhisai Azhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar have sung in praise of the Lord here.

The lord faces the west and is in the lying down posture with his hand on the appa kudam raised to bless King Ubarishravas  who is seated below. Bhumadevi thayar is found kneeling  near his foot .The utsava vigraham has a balakrishnan and people pray here for begetting children .

Appam is prepared as a daily offering to the deity here.

There is a separate shrine for Kamalavalli Thaayar The thayar is in an east facing sanctum which is in the first praharam itself.. There are also shrines for Ganesha, Nammazhwar, Ramanujar, Lakshmi Narayanar and Venugopalan. .

The Legend connected to the temple is King Upamanyu or Ubharisaravasu was a pious king was in deep meditation . Sage Durvasa known for his short temper was passing by. Since the King was in meditation he did not take notice of the Sage. The Sage felt insulted and cursed the King to lose all his powers . The King immediately asked for his forgiveness and the Sage asked him to go to Thirupernagar which was then called Palasavanam because it was richly populated with Palasa maram , and feed one lakh people there. The King accordingly shifted his base to Thirupernagar and started the annadanam. One fine day , the Lord decided to test the resoluteness of the King , He appeared there as an old Brahmin and consumed all the food that was prepared for the day. However , the King remained calm and asked the old man reverently if he wanted anything else . The Lord who was in guise of the old man replied that He wanted at pot full of appam (a sweet preparation). The King organised the same at the earliest possible time and gave it to the old man . As soon as the Lord received the Kudam (pot) full of appam , the King was absolved of his curse and the Lord gave the King His darshan . Since the Lord asked the King for a kudam (pot) of appam , He is known as Appakudathan . The Lord can be seen holding on to a pot with His right hand in this temple . Appam is the offering made to the Lord at this temple . Even we tasted the appam from madapalli .

Sage Markandeya was saved from death by Lord Shiva at Thirukadaiyur. His fear of death however remained and haunted him . Lord is said to have driven out the fear of death from Sage Markandeya at Koviladi . The theertham here is therefore known as Mrityu Vinasini theertham .

Worship benefit at Appakudathan Temple, Koviladi includes progeny, absolution of sins, removal of all obstacles in attaining your desires, relief from malefic effects of adverse planetary positions, and development of a pleasant and humble personality.

It is one of the Pancha Rangams and ranks next to Adirangam at Srirangapattinam near Mysore, which is the first of the Pancha Rangams. The Pancharangams in order are

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Srirangapattinam, near Mysore

Sri Appakudathan Temple, Koviladi near Trichy

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Srirangam

Sarangapani Temple at Kumbakonam

Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple at Indalur, Mayiladuthurai

Appakudathan temple
Front entrance
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
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Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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