A view infront of the Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple (Nachiyar Koil)
A view infront of the Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple (Nachiyar Koil)

Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is located in Uraiyur, Trichy district of Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is also called as ‘Thirukozhi’, ‘Nachiyar Koil’ and ‘Uraiyur Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple’. This temple is constructed in a Dravidian style. The temple is surrounded by granite wall which encloses all its shrines and has 5- tiered Rajagopuram, which is said to be built in the 8th century AD by Cholas.

The mythology is that King Nanda Chola who was ruling Uraiyur at that time was so worried that he had no children and he worshipped Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was pleased by the Worship made by Nanda Chola and asked Goddess Lakshmi, His consort, to born as a daughter for the childless King Nanda Chola. Goddess Lakshmi, as a child, was found by the king Nanda Chola on a lotus tank while he went for hunting. And as the child was found on a lotus, the child was named Kamalavalli.

Years passed, and Kamalavalli, a beautiful young girl, fell in love with Lord Ranganathar (the presiding deity of Srirangam Ranganatha Swami temple). The king Nanda Chola instantly made arrangements and got her married to Lord Ranganathar, who blessed the king Nanda Chola with child. As a celebration, the king Nanda Chola built a temple at Uraiyur. Since Lord Vishnu was in the form of a beautiful groom, he named the temple as Azhagiya Manavalan Temple.

Specialty

The presiding deities of this temple Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple are Azhagiya Manavalan (Lord Vishnu), Goddess Kamalavalli (Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu). Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is the only temple were Goddess Kamalavalli facing in the north direction. There are separate holy shrines found for Ramanujar and Nammazhwar (one of the 12 Azhwars) in this temple.

The inner walls of this temple contains the paintings of Nammazhwar and also contains the images of all the 12 Azhwars, Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple is said to be the second temple among 108 Divya Desam temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is said to be glorified as Divya Prabandha in the Tamil literatures.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkala pooja – 7:00 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikala pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkala pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jaama pooja – 8:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Serthi Sevai – March or April
  • Dolostava – March or April
  • Vasanthothsava (spring festival) – March or April
  • Navaratri – October
By Road

Tiruchirappalli is well connected by road to Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry and Thanjavur/Tanjore.


By Train

Tiruchirappalli is an important Railway junction of the Southern Railways. It connects many important cities and towns of South India such as Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai and Chidambaram.


By Air

Trichy/Tiruchirapalli is well connected to cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, and Colombo. The Trichy airport is about 7 km from the city.

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