Friday, June 23, 2017

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple, Woraiyur, Trichy

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple, Woraiyur, Trichy
Azhagiya Manavalan Perumal Temple (also called Thirukozhi or Nachiyar Koil) in Woraiyur, a suburb Tiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th – 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Azhagiya Manavalan and his consort Lakshmi as Kamalavalli. This is the only Divya Desam where Thaayar is seen facing North.

A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and bodies of water. The temple has a 5-tiered Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower. The place has the reputation of being the birth place of Saint Tirupanazhwar one among the celebrated 12 Vaishanavite saints. Among the Saivite saints, Pugazh Chalar and Kochengata Cholan were also born here. Ramanuja composed Gadhya Thraya on Panguni Uthiram in front of the Serthi Mandapam.

Azhagiya Manavalan is believed to have appeared to Kamalavalli, the daughter of Chola king Nanda Cholan, in this place to marry her. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the chariot festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the most prominent. The temple is believed to have been built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from later PandyasVijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.

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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings
·        Ushathkala pooja – 7 a.m.
·        Kalasanthi pooja – 8:00 a.m.
·        Uchikala pooja – 12:00 p.m.
·        Sayarakshai pooja – 6:00 p.m.
·        Irandam kala pooja – 7:00 p.m.
·        Ardha Jaama pooja – 8:00 p.m.
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Religious Practices
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Religious Significance
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Saint Tirumangai Azwar in his hymn wonders how to speak of the handsomeness of Lord Azhagiya Manavalar holding the discus and the conch, His shoulders as those of hills with all masculine features. How handsome you are My Lord, he wonders.
In his praise of Woraiyur Lord, Thirumangai Azhvaar refers to this place as Kozhiyur and the Lord as being truly handsome.
கோழியும் கடலும் கோயில் கொண்ட கோவலரே யொப்பர் குன்றமன்ன
பாழியும் டோழுமொரே நான் குடையார்
பண்டிவர் தம்மயாம் கண்டறி யோம்
வாழிய ரோ விவர் வண்ண மென்னில்
மாகடல் போன்றுளர் கையில் வெய்ய
அழியோன் றேந்தியோர் சங்கு பற்றி
அச்சோ ஒருவர் அழகிய வா
Devotees pray for unity among the couples. Devotees perform special Tirumanjanam for Mother.
Azhagiya Manavalan Perumal Temple (Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple),
Woraiyur, Trichy – 620 003
Phone: +91 – 431 – 2762 446 / 2437605
Mobile: +91 – 94431 88716 / 94433 07605
Woraiyur is located at about 7 Kms from Trichy Center, 3 kms from Trichy Railway junction, 2 Kms from Chathram Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Trichy Central Bus Stand and 10 Kms from Trichy Airport. Plenty of town buses are available from Chatram bus stand or the central bus stand. Auto rickshaws charge around Rs 50 to Rs 100 (max). If you drive your car, it is easily accessible. Nearest Railway Station and Airport are located at Trichy.

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