Koodal Azhagar Temple
Main Deity : Koodal Azhagar
Ambal : Mathuravalli, Marakathavalli
Holy Water : Hemapushkarani
Temple Tree : Kadhali
Prominence of the Shrine : This place is believed to have importance in all the 4 Yougas (Krutha, Threta, Dwapara and Kali yugas).The Lord Vishnu blesses the devotees in his sitting posture in the first sanctum sanctorum, in Standing posture in the second, and in the lying posture in the third one. It is the belief that one fulfils his / her desires by circumambulating the Lord in these unique three postures, for one ‘mandalam’ (48 days). He is believed to receive the devotees saying ‘Welcome’ and provide ‘Asylum’ and Blessing; thus He is also known as ‘Abhaya Thirukkarathan’ to the devotees.
Temple history : This temple hails from the earliest Age of Sangam period. There are references of this temple in Paripadal and Silappadikaram(two important old tamil literatures). The presiding deity was praised and worshipped by the Sangam tamil Poets as the president and guardian deity of the Sangam and called him by the name "Thuvarikoman" (the King who ruled over from Dwaraka) and Koodal Alagar. Koodal refers to the assembly of Poets and scholars.
Temple Timings : 5.30 am to 12.30 noon (and up to 1:00 pm on Saturdays) ; 4:00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Pooja Details : Six times pooja
Temple Festivals :
Chithirai month: 10 days festival with procession On the Thiruvathira day (the holy day of Lord Shiva).
On the 7th day, the procession is in the lying posture
On the Tiruvathira day in Avani month, festival only
In the month of Thai – (exchange of garlands between the God and Goddess)
In the month of Mashi – Temple Tank festival –for 12 days.
Nearest Town : Madurai
Address : Sri Koodal Azhagar Thirukovil, Madurai - 625 001.
Telephone Number : 0452 – 2338542.
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