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Sri Veeraraghava Perumal temple

Moolavar : Veeraraghava Perumal
Urchavar : Veeraraghavaperumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi
Amman / Thayar : Kanakavalli
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Madurai
District : Madurai
State : Tamil Nadu




   Chitra Poornima (April-May), Aadi Pooram (July-August), Navarathri (September-October), Vaikunda Ekadasi (December-January) and Panguni Uthiram (March-April) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Veeraraghava Perumal has the honour to receive the first welcome (Mudhal Mariyadhai) from Kallazhagar when He descends on the Vaigai river on the Chitra Poornima day. Lord Vishnu graces in this temple in a standing form as Veeraraghava Perumal, sitting form as Yoga Narasimhar and lying form as Sri Ranganathar.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Veeraraghava Perumal, temple, Veeraraghava Perumal Temple Street, Ezhuthanikara Street Junction, South Masi Street, Madurai ? 625 001.


   91 452 2338542

General Information:

   The temple was built during the period of Chokkappa Naicker. There are shrines for Mother Kanakavalli, Sri Andal, Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Sri Ranganathar in the lying form, Chakarathazhwar, Garuda, Anjaneya, Manavala Mamunigal and Navagrahas the nine planets.Though Saturday is important in Vishnu temples, the crowd is huge here on Fridays.


   Prayers are submitted to Lord for child boon, marriage, trade development, success in litigations, removal of fear from enemies, good understanding between the couples and for relief from planetary adverse effects.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer special abishek to Sri Ranganatha on Fridays at Sukra Hora time before 8-9 p.m. Tirumanjanam is offered on Poornima days (full moon day) to Veeraraghava Perumal and to Pallikonda Ranganathar (lying form) on new moon days (Amavasya).

Greatness Of Temple:

   Veeraraghavaperumal: Kallazhagar will come to Vaigai river on a golden yellow horse. Earlier, Veeraraghava Perumal would come to the place on his silver horse moving this way and that way in a dancing manner which people call ?Vaiyazhi Nadai?. He will greet Kallazhagar saying "Hellow Brother come". Kallazhagar would be seated in a mandap, Veeraraghava Perumal would go around Him thrice. Veeraraghava Perumal would receive the first honour from Kallazhagar with Theertham, Parivattam (silk turban) and a garland. Then Veeraraghava Perumal graces dharsan from the mandap to the devotees.

Temple History:

   Many years ago, the festival of Kallazhagar coming to the river was celebrated at Thenur near Solavandan. The festival mandaps were made of paddy straws. Once, during the festival, the paddy straws caught fire. The devotees including the king moved away from the fire for protection. But, a priest by name Amudha jumped into the fire risking his life, took the idol from flames and threw it on the river sand and fainted. The King told the priest that though he enjoyed receiving the first honour, he only thought of saving himself from fire. The King said that the priest would have the honour in future. The priest replied saying that he was not for the honour and the Veeraraghava Perumal whom he was serving should get the title in future. Following this event, even after change of venue of the festival, when Kallazhagar comes in his golden horse to Vaigai, the first honour is accorded to Veeraraghava Perumal.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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