Book Travels Madurai - Madurai Koodal Azhagar Temple.
Koodal Azhagar Temple in Madurai, a city in the South Indian territory of Tamil Nadu, is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu. Built in the Dravidian style of design, the sanctuary is celebrated in the Divya Prabandha, the early archaic Tamil standard of the Azhwar holy people from the sixth ninth hundreds of years AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesams devoted to Vishnu, who is adored as Viyooga Sundarrajan and his partner Lakshmi as Mathuravalli.
A rock divider encompasses the sanctuary, encasing every one of its holy places. The sanctuary has a five-layered rajagopuram, the passage tower. The sanctuary is initially accepted to be worked by the Pandyas, with later augmentations by the Vijayanagara domain and Madurai Nayaks rulers who charged pillared corridors and significant hallowed places of the sanctuary during the sixteenth 100 years.Koodal Azhagar is accepted to have seemed to kill the evil spirit Somuka who kidnapped the four Vedas. The sanctuary follows Thenkalai custom of love. Four everyday customs and three yearly celebrations are held at the sanctuary, of which the fourteen-day yearly Brahmotsavam during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May - June) being the most conspicuous. The sanctuary is kept up with and managed by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu..
The engravings in the sanctuary allude the directing divinity as Koodal Azhagiya Perumal. There are engravings in the sanctuary demonstrating liberal gifts and enrichments as land, houses and gold to keep up with and regulate the sanctuary. An engraving from the eighth century demonstrates the gift of rock stones for the development of Ardha Mandapa. The sanctuary was extended during the standard of Madurai Nayaks in the sixteenth hundred years. The Dwajasthambam mandap (banner staff) and mandap before the Hema Pushkarani were built by the Nayaks. The Mathuravalli Thayar Shrine (Thayar) was built and The sanctuary was redesigned by Muthu K.R.V. Alagappa Chettiar of Devakottai in 1923. From that point forward, the sanctuary is kept up with and controlled by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Koodal Azhagar sanctuary covers an area of around 2 sections of land (0.81 hectares) and has a five-layered gopuram (entryway tower) raising to a level of 125 ft (38 m). The sanctuary is encased in a rectangular nook with enormous stone dividers. The focal altar has a raised design and houses the pictures of the directing god, Koodal Azhagar, in three structures, to be specific sitting, standing and leaning back postures. The picture made of rock is worn in sitting stance and 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. The pictures of Sridevi and Bhudevi are available in either sides of Koodal Azhagar. The celebration god is named Vyuga Sundararajar and the picture is 4 ft (1.2 m) tall made of panchaloha.
The sanctuary of the partner of Koodal Azhagar, Mathuravalli, is situated toward the south of the primary altar. There are more modest holy places of Lakshmi Narasimha, Rama, Lakshmi Narayana and Krishna found near the sanctum. The holy places of Andal, Narasimha and Manavala Mamunigal are tracked down in isolated altars around the main region. The hallowed place of Andal has painting portraying puranic stories and engravings enumerating reflection writing. The hallowed places of Garuda, Anjaneya, Ramanuja, Vedanta Desika and Azhwars are tracked down in the subsequent region. The support points in the lobbies prompting the sanctum have little models, in the subsequent area. The subsequent floor has a sanctum devoted to Suryanarayana remaining alongside Devis. The Teppakulam, the sanctuary tank, is situated external the sanctuary premises. It has a middle lobby made of stone.
The vimana, the hallowed place over the sanctum is Ashtanga in design, which has eight sections, in particular, Adhistana (base), three Padas (struct), Prashthana (appendage), Griva (driving struct), Shikara (tube shaped holder) and Stupi (top piece). The external pieces of the vimana has plaster pictures of sages, Dasavatara, Bhuvaraha, Lakshmi Narasimha, Lakshmi Narayana and Narayanamoorthy. The vimana is accepted to be crafted by Vishwakarma, the heavenly designer. The shadow of the vimana doesn't fall on the ground. The Ashtanga Vimana is found in Mannar Koil Ambasamudram Uthiramerur, Thirukoshtiyur and Cheranmadevi sanctuaries. The internal dividers of the sanctum has works of art of Ashtadikpalagas.
W477+PGC, Koodal Alagar Perumal Koil Street Near Periyar Bus Stand, Periyar, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001.
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64, Thennolai Kara Main Street, Periyar, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001