Madurai Divya Desam Temples

There are Eight Divya Desam Temples of Lord Vishnu in and around Madurai ,Three Divya Desam temple in Madurai are  Sri Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple, Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple , Sri Kaalamegha Perumal Temple,  Two Divya Desam Temples in Virudhunagar about  60 kms are Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple, Sri Vadabhatra Saayi Perumal Temple , Two Divya Desam Temples  in Pudukkottai about 110 kms from Madurai are Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple ,  Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple ,  One Divya Desam temple in Rameswaram  about 175 kms from Madurai are  Sri Kalyana Jagannatha Perumal Temple .

Thirukkoodal Sri Koodal Azhagar Perumal 
Temple Koodal Azhagar Koil is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the center of the city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Koodal is another name for Madurai and Azhaghar means The beautiful one, in Tamil. The temple is an ancient one and very close to the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. Koodal Azhagar Koil is revered as one of the 108 divyadesams the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu.

Legend Sri Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple Brahmanda Purana vividly describes this kshetra in seven chapters. Sri Koodal Alagar is seated in the Ashtanga vimana flanked by his consorts. The legendary Kings Prithu, Malaydioaja workshipped Sri Koodal Alagar, who bestowed them with prosperity and attainment of moksha at the end.

Alwars are mystical saints who glorified the presence of Narayana in temples by their hymns. Among them vishnu chittha has a unique position. He was invited to visit the Pandya Court at Madurai in order to settle the disputes among the various religious sects. Vishnuchitha established the supremacy of Sriman Narayana by quoting profusely the vedic texts in support of his argument. At the end of his argument a miracle happened. The purse containing gold coins suspended in a pole landed down in the hand of Vishnuchittha.

This was a divine acceptance!. The King celebrated this victory by seating Vishnuchittha on the decorated throne placed on the back of royal elephant and he himself led the procession accompanied by the vedic Pandits. Sri Koodal Alagar pleased by the grand victory appeared before the procession seated on the shoulders of Garuda the divine vehicle and blessed Vishnuchittha. Vishnuchittha got himself immered in the infinite beauty of the lord, regaining his senses he blessed the lord, with a long life of thousands of years by expressing his wishes in the form of twelve verses in tamil known as Thirupallandu.

Vishnuchittha recited the verse in tune with the ringing of the bells tied to the elephant. He offered Mangalasasanam at the holy feet of Sri Koodal Alagar. Thirupallandu is recited even today as the starting invocations in the shrines. The Pandya King praised Vishnuchittha as "Pattar piran" while the lord gave him the name "Periyalwar". Vishnuchitta is regarded as the foremost among the twelve Alwars by the merit of his infinite love and utterance of Pallandu, which was given the foremost place in the recital of Divya Prabandam by Nathamuni who confided the Naalayira divya prabandam.

Thirumaalirunsolai Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple  Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple of Maha Vishnu in the form of Lord Vishnu is one of the 108 divya desam,Temple. The important event that is celebrated , crossing of the vaigai river by Azhagar during Chithirai Thiruvizha which is about Meenakshi's (Azhakar's Sister) Marriage and Azhakar itself. First 15 days is about Meenakshi and her marriage and next 15 days is about Azhakar. This Temple is called as "Dhakshina Tirupathi". Azhagar also gives his seva in same Nindra Thirukkolam on the foot hill (Malaiyadi vaaram) of Azhagar Malai.. The temple is protected by the Karuppar who is said to be Kaaval Deivam (protecting God).  Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple  is  revered as one of the 108 divyadesams the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu.

Legend OF Sri Kallazhagar Perumal Temple - According to the legend,Sage Suthapas (Munivar) was bathing in Nupura Gangai at Azhakar Hill and did not pay respect to Durvasar Maharishi, who was passing by.The angry Durvasar cursed Suthapas that he would turn into a frog until he is redeemed of his curse by Lord Sundararajar  known as Kallazhakar.

The Suthapas Maharishi, who is named as ‘Mandooga maharisi’ munivar because of his frog status, performed ‘thapas’  on the banks of river Vaigai, which is otherwise known as Vegavathi, at Thenur. The Lord Kallazhakar comes from his abode in Azhakar Hill to release Mandooga Maharishi from his curse, when he is praying.

It is believed that the Lord Kallazhakar comes to Thenur via Malaipatti, Alanganallur and Vayalur. In Mandap, the lord redeems the sage of his curse and leaves for his abode

03-Thiru Moghur Sri Kaalamegha Perumal Temple Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located near Melur, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is one of the "108 divya desams", and is located 12 km north-east of Madurai. It is also known as Mohanapuram and Mohanakshetram.

The temple is accessible by the town bus services available from Madurai.The temple is situated on a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) land area, and has a 5 tier rajagopuram. The temple is more than 2000 years old and has been referred to in akananuru, Padhitrupathu, maduraikanchi and also in one of the five great epics of Tamil literature, silappatikaram.

There are four prakarams(closed precincts of a temple) inside the temple. The main deity (Moolavar) is Kalamegaperumal in panchayudha kolam and in a standing posture, Thayar Mogavalli, Utsavar Thirumogur Aabthan, Theertham  Kshirabtha Pushkarini, Thala Viruksham  Vilvam and Vimanam Kethaki Vimanam. The Prathanasayana appearance of the main deity is not found anywhere in 108 divya desam temples. The Sudarshana Chakra of deity is famous. Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple, is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam Temple of Lord Vishnu .

As the legend goes, when the devas were churning the ocean for Amrut, a drop of that Amrut is believed to have fallen into this temple tank and the lord appeared to the south of this tank. The front of the Sudarshana Chakra is Chakrathazhvar and the back side is Narasingha Perumal, situated amidst 48 fairies and inside the six circles there are 16 aayuthams with 154 letters. Perumal is depicted with 16 hands and three eyes glowing like fire. Nammazhvar and Thirumangaiazhvar have sung the mangalaasaasanams for the deity here.

Thiruthankaal Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple :- Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple, also named as ‘Thiruthangalappan Perumal Kovil’ is located at Thiruthangal, Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu . Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thiruthangal Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional songs) were sang by the 12 azhwar saints.

Legend Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple The legend says that once Goddess Sridevi, Goddess Bhoodevi, and Goddess Neeladevi had an argument of about the superiority among them. Finally Goddess Sridevi got angry and left the adobe of Lord Sriman Narayanan and came to Thiruthangal and performed penance towards Lord Sriman Narayanan.

Pleased by Her devotion, Lord Sriman Narayanan gave Goddess Sridevi a boon that She would be the Hamsam of Goddess Annapoorani, who offers food and shelter to the people.Later Goddess Bhoodevi and Goddess Neeladevi also joined Goddess Sridevi at Thiruthangal. Since Thirumagal Goddess Sridevi stayed at this sacred place, this temple is called as ‘Thiruthangal’. (Thangal mean

Sri Villiputhoor Sri Vadabhatra Saayi Perumal Temple  :- Thiruvilliputhoor also known as Sri Vadabhatra Saayi Perumal Temple Divya Desam is a popular 2000-year-old Hindu temple and and revered one of the 108 Divya Desams  of Lord Vishnu , the most important abodes of Lord Vishnu. It is the birthplace of two of the most important alvars (saints) in the Vaishnavite tradition: Periyazhvar and Andal. The temple is in the town of Srivilliputtur, about 74 km from Madurai, India.

Legend Sri Vadabhatra Saayi Perumal Temple- As per Hindu legend, the land around Srivilliputhur was under the rule of Queen Malli. The queen had two sons called Villi and Kandan. While the two were hunting in a forest, a tiger killed Kandan. Unaware of this, Villi searched for his brother, got tired and fell asleep.

In his dream, divinity narrated to him what happened to his brother. By divine orders, Villi founded a city. The city is originally named after its founder, Villi forming the word Sri-Villi-Puthur. Thiru is the Tamil salutation and an alternative to Sanskrit word "Sri" and hence Srivilliputhur is also called Thiruvilliputhur. Book A Tour Package to  Virudhunagar Divya Desam Temples

Thirukkotiyoor Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple 
:-Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple also called as Sri Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Temple is located in the village of Thirukkoshtiyur, Tirupathur, Sivagangai district of Tamilnadu. Thirukkoshtiyur Sri Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirukkoshtiyur temple is considered to be the holy abode of Vaishnavites and has more importance among them.

Legend Sri Uraga Mellanayaan Perumal Temple - The mythology says that during the Satya Yuga (the age of Truth), one of the ages of life, the Devas (deities) and sages were abused by the demon Hiranyakashipu. And it was said that the death of the demon was in the hands of Lord Vishnu, who kills the demon in His Varaha (form of a boar) avatar. All the Devas and the sages approached Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma for the solution. Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, and all other deities with sages searched for a place to discuss regarding the solution. Finally they chose this place and they all came in a group to the spot and hence from then the place is called as ‘Thirukkoshtiyur’. The word ‘Koshti’ refers to a group. And later it came to be called as Thirukkotiyoor. In Periazhwar Thirumozhi, a Vaishnava canon contributed by Periazhwar (one of the twelve azhwar saints of South India), predicts Thirukkotiyoor as the birth place of Lord Krishna.

Thirumeyyam - Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple
 :-Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple is located at Thirumayam, Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu. This Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thirumeyyam’. The presiding deity of this Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple is Lord Sathyagiri Nathan (Lord Vishnu) also called as Lord Sathya Murthi, stands at a height of seven feet on a rock, along with His consorts. There is a sculpture of Lord Vishnu in sleeping posture called Ari Thuyil, sleeping with a sense of knowing what is going on at present.

The other deities of this Sri Sathyagiri Natha Perumal Temple are Lord Meyyappar perumal, Lord Narasimhar, Goddess Ujjeevana, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ramar, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana, Lord Krishna, Lord Anjaneya, Chakratazhwar, Goddess Andal, Garuda (the mount of Lord Vishnu), and Azhwars. This is the temple which locates the largest statue of Lord Vishnu in reclining pose, which is called as ‘Anantasayanam’, In India. Book A Tour Package to Pudukkottai Divya Desam Temples

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