Tirukkoodal

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Location : Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Presiding Deity: Koodalazhagar
Festivals Celebrated: Annual Festival During May-June, Maasi Teppa Utsavam, Aadi Pooram, Krishna Jayanti, Purattasi Garuda Sevai, Navaratri, Kartikai And Vaikuntha Ekadasi

Madurai is one of the important pilgrim centres of Tamil Nadu, Tirukkodoal is a Divya Desam located in the heart of Madurai. Tirumangaialwar mentions Kozi (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.

The Legend
It is believed the place got its name Koodal, at the behest of Vishnu, four clouds gathered at Madurai in the form of tall buildings, and prevented a deluge from overpowering the city.

Deities
The main deity is Koodalazhagar in a seated posture facing east, while his consort is called "Madhuravalli", who is seated, in a separate sanctum.

AboutThe Temple
The temple complex covers an area of about 2.5 acres with imposing stone walls around the temple. Tirukkoodal is a beautiful temple, with interesting stone grills and sculptures. Visitors can climb up and take a closer look at the Ashtanga Vimanam, which dwarfs the Rajagopuram is of great beauty. It enshrines Pallikonda Perumal in one of its levels and Surya Narayanan in a standing posture in the other.

One can also see noteworthy stucco images depicting scenes from the epics. Other shrines devoted to Lakshminarasimha, Rama, Krishna, Andal are also found in the temple complex.

Services And Festivities
Every day six worship services are offered at the temple. The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi (May-June), during which Dasavataram is enacted. Other festivals celebrated here are the Maasi Teppa Utsavam, Aadi Pooram, Krishna Jayanti, Purattasi Garuda Sevai, Navaratri, Kartikai and Vaikuntha Ekadasi.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Madurai has an airport.
Rail: Madurai is an important railway junction on Southern railway.
Road: Madurai being an important pilgrimage centre is well served by Tamil Nadu State government buses and other private buses.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the star and economy class hotels, lodges, hostels, devasthanam cottages and choultries in Madurai.



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