Tiruchirappalli – Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple

This temple is also called Thirukozhi or Nachiyar Koil dedicated to lord Vishnu and one of the 108 divyadeshams located in Uraiyur, Tiruchirappalli.

Deities: Azhagiya Manavalan and his consort Kamalavalli (Lakshmi)

Azhagiya Manavala Perumal TempleFACTS:

  • Built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD and later contributions from Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks.
  • 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.
  • 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 maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

As per Hindu legend, Vishnu was pleased by the worship of the childless Chola king Nanda Chola and blessed the king that Lakshmi, his consort, would be born to him and at appropriate age, he would get married with her. The king found the child in a lotus tank while hunting in a forest. Since the child was born out of lotus, she was named Kamalvalli by the king. Time came when Kamalavalli fell in love with Vishnu in the form of Ranganathar, the presiding deity of Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple. The Chola king readily got her married to Ranganathar. He built a temple to commemorate the occasion. The event is celebrated as Serthi Sevai festival every year. Since Vishnu appeared as Azhagiya Manavalan, meaning a beautiful groom, the temple is called Azhagiya Manavalan Temple.

  • The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Thiruppaan Alvar, one of the twelve Azhwar saints belonging to the 6th-8th centuries.

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