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Koodalazhagar Madurai

This temple is located amongst the city of Madurai in the parallel road of Meenakshi Amman temple .

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu , the Koodal Azhagar Temple, located in the centre of Madurai city is one among the Pandiyanadu divyadeshams . Goddess Lakshmi as Mathuravalli . Beautifully sculpted and carved by adding different shades of colour, the majestic temple imposes itself in the eyes of the beholder .

According to a legend, Vishnuchitha who is considered to the foremost among the twelve Alwars, mystical saints, who used to praise lord Vishnu presence in temple in their poems. Vishnuchitha was known for quoting from vedic texts and his arguments on the sovereignty of Lord Narayana. Once he was invited to Madurai at the Pandya King court where he established the greatness of lord throughout his convincing arguments, after which a miracle happened which even made the King celebrate his divine victory.

Vishnuchitha was honoured by being placed on a royal elephant, accompanied by Vedic pundits. Pleased with his display of devotion, Lord Koodal Azhagar himself appeared before the grand procession, seated on the shoulders of Garuda and blessed Vishnuchitha. His joy knew no bounds, he blessed the Lord and conveyed his wishes in the form of twelve verses in Tamil called ‘Thirupallandu’. He recited hem in tune with the ringing of the elephant bells and offered Mangalasanam at the holy feet of the lord.

Vishnuchitha gained the name of ‘Periyalwar’ from Lord Vishnu himself. He is regarded as the most prominent of the twelve alwar saints of the Vaishnava sect. Thirupallandu is still recited to this day as starting prayer offerings to the deity.

Moolavar is Kalamegha Perumal and Thayar is Goddess Meghavalli .

Thirumangai alwar and Thirumazhisai alwar has sung praising this Lord .

Here the Lord is in 3 postures one can climb to see the other 2 postures of the Lord standing and sayana kolam .


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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