- May 21, 2021
🛕 Aadhi Chokkanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Simmakkal to the North of Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Chokkanathar and Mother is called as Meenakshi. The Temple is believed to be 1000 years old. Of the 64 divine events (Tiruvilayadal) described in the sacred epic Tiruvilayadal Puranam by Saint Paranjothi Munivar, this temple is about marking the boundaries of Madurai.
🛕 The place is also called as Vada Thiru Aalavai. Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Madurai refers to five temples dedicated to Shiva, each representing a manifestation of the five prime elements of nature: land, water, air, sky, and fire. Pancha indicates five, Bhoota means elements, and Sthalam means place. Of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalams in Madurai, this temple represents Agayam-Sky. Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Madurai are as follows;
🛕 Kuchela Pandya ruling Madurai then was an erudite scholar. To pay his tributes to the king, Tamil poet Idaikadar, a close friend of eminent poet Kabilar, came to his place and praised him with a verse. The king grew jealous of the poet’s excellence and was indifferent to the visitor. Pained by the king’s indifference, Idaikadar went to the temple and spoke to the Lord of his experience and said to Lord that he was unable to understand whether the king humiliated him or Lord himself.
🛕 He left the temple and went northward angrily. Lord came out of his Linga form and set out towards north with Mother Uma Devi and came to a temple south of River Vaigai. He granted darshan to Idaikadar and promised to teach a lesson to Pandya king. Next morning, when devotees came for the morning darshan of Lord – Thiru Palli Ezhuchi darshan in Tamil – they were shocked that the Shivalinga was missing and informed the king.
🛕 King rushed to the temple and begged the Lord to tell him what wrong he did and why he left the temple with Mother Uma Devi. A voice said that Lord left the place as the king humiliated poet Idaikadar. Meantime, devotees rushed to king saying that Lord and Mother were in the temple south of River Vaigai. Pandya rushed to the temple and implored the Lord praying for pardon.
🛕 Pleased with the appeal of the King, Lord said that Thiru Aalavai was supreme of all sacred places and the particular Linga had more significance than others though he was in other Linga too, because this one was worshipped by Kubera. Since now, this place would be revered as Uthara Aalavai, Lord added. The temple is also known as Adhi Chokkanathar Koil and the Place Vada Thiru Aalavai.
🛕 Kubera the deity-authority of wealth himself prayed Lord Chokkanatha in the Linga form for the growth of his wealth and installed this Shivalinga – Adhi Chokkanathar in this temple. Of the many Shivalingas worshipped by Kubera the deity of wealth, the one in this temple-presiding deity Lord Adhi Chokkanathar is considered supreme above others.
🛕 As Planet Budha – Mercury worshipped in this temple, this is considered as Budha Sthala Kshetra since the beginning.
🛕 Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Chokkanathar and Mother is called as Meenakshi. Sthala Vriksham is Kadamba Tree. Theertham associated with this Temple is Pottramarai Kulam.
🛕 The Temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
🛕 Aipasi Poornima-full moon day in October-November; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Navarathri in September-October and Poornima-full moon day Santhabishekam and special pujas are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
🛕 It is the firm belief of the devotees that their prayers for wedding and child boon would be responded by Lord within 48 days – a Mandalam. Those seeking relief from Budha planet adverse aspects, offer a preparation made of green corn – Pasi Payaru in Tamil – as Nivedhana, green clothing and Marikozhundhu garland – all green.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Simmakkal Bus Stop, 600 meters from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 2 Kms from Koodal Azhagar Temple, 2 Kms from Periyar Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 2 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 9 Kms from Thiruparankundram and 12 Kms from Madurai International Airport. Town buses are available from Periyar Bus Stand and from Mattuthavani Bus Stand.
Adhi Chokkanathar Temple,
Madurai District – 625 001,
Phone: +91 452 234 4360.