Location: Madurai. It is in the heart of the city. 1.5 km away from the Periyar Bus Stand.
- Koodal Azhagar is believed to have appeared to slay the demon Somuka who abducted the four Vedas. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship.
- As per Hindu legend, a ruler named Vallabhadeva went incognito everyday to know about the lives of people under him. During one of his visits, a scholar told him that the ultimate goal in life is to “collect provisions in summer and save for winter”, which also meant that one should work during his younger days and save for his old age. Vallabadeva was not convinced and he set this as a competition among scholars to make him realize the true value of life. Vishnucitta, who would later go on to become Periazhwar, one of the twelve most revered saints of Vaishnava sect, came to Madurai from Srivilliputhur. He was believed to have been directed by the heavenly words of Vishnu and he expouned the sacred verses. He explained the concepts of Hitham and Purushartham from Vedas and proclaimed that attained the feet of Narayana could lead to salvation. Vallabhadeva was pleased with the explanation and he awarded a bag of gold to Visnucitta. It is believed that the current gopuram of Srivilliputhur Temple, was built by Periazhwar with the gold won.
- The vimana, the shrine over the sanctum is Ashtanga in architecture, which has eight parts, namely, Adhistana (base), three Padas(struct), Prashthana (limb), Griva(leading struct), Shikara (cylindrical holder) and Stupi (top portion)
- The vimana, the shrine over the sanctum is Ashtanga in architecture, which has eight parts, namely, Adhistana (base), three Padas(struct), Prashthana (limb), Griva(leading struct), Shikara (cylindrical holder) and Stupi (top portion). The Ashtanga Vimana is found in only three places, namely, the Uthiramerur, Thirukoshtiyur and Cheranmadevi temples.
In the month of May, I had traveled to these places. Back-to-back. Having Coimbatore as my hometown proved very beneficial in visiting these temples. Traveling by car made it much more easier. The train conveyance, though available, is not so convenient to visit these two temples. You need to start at very early at 0330 hours to catch a train at Podanur Junction (This is a different station and is pretty far from the Coimbatore Junction). Traveling by buses is definitely not a best option unless you are planning to have a night stay near the temple premises.
The sacrament of the idols in the Thirumittakode temple is believed to have been personally conducted by the Pandavas. Each Pandavas have individually carried on rituals for their respective idols. This temple is situated near the banks of a river and this would be a scenic view for the devotees.
Thiruvithuvakode Temple – Google View
Another view of Thiruvithuvakode Temple
One big surprise or you may call it wonder is that, devotees need to enter the grabha griha (sanctum sanctorum) by crossing over a small stone barricade. Though the reason for this is unknown, it is believed to have been there since the time of the temple erection. This is the first time I have come across such a entrance for a temple.
The other temple which is around 35 km far from Thiruvittakode is Thirunaavya. This too is situated across on the banks of Bharathapuzha river. This temple is pretty well-known, guessing by the footfalls I had seen during my visit. The former temple had very few footfalls.
From Coimbatore, it will take a minimum of 3 hours to reach to these two temples. Starting around 5 a.m from Coimbatore, would enable one to visit both the temples by afternoon.
One can very well rely on Google Maps to locate both the temples.
Another important thing that one must always keep in mind is that entry for men into any Kerala temple would be permitted only if he wears a dhoti with a towel wrapped around his shoulders. Sarees, salwars are the garments that would be accepted. Jeans, trousers and shorts would not be entertained.
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