- May 28, 2021
🛕 Veda Narayana Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Kodikulam near Yanaimalai in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. The temple is situated in an isolated beautiful environment of hill and pond in the backdrop of Yanaimalai. The Temple is believed to be built during 13th Century AD. The Temple is located at northern most corner of the Yanaimalai hill. This place was called as Jotishkudi in olden days. Pillai Lokacharyar attained salvation here.
🛕 Legend goes that once two demons by name Madhu and Kaidaba stole the Vedas or Holy Scriptures from Brahma thus the entire process of creation came to stand still. Maha Vishnu destroyed the demons and rescued the Vedas but did not give them to Brahma. Transforming himself as a Brahmin with a single head Brahma performed intensive penance to God Vishnu who appeared as Hayagriva Murthy and gave the Vedas back to him. Thus, the God is called as Veda Narayana Perumal here.
🛕 Pandavas, during their exile, are said to have come here and had the big rocks at this place as their sleep beds.
🛕 In the 14th century AD, it is believed that this temple slid into ruins under the reign of Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I and was later renovated by Sundara Pandyan, a Chieftain. Inscriptions at the Thiru Mohur Divya Desam refer to this place as Thungavanam Kshetram on the banks of Brahmma Theertham.
🛕 There was a saint managing the Srirangam temple named Nampillai praised by the Vaishnava world as Lokacharyar. He had a devout disciple Vallal Vadakku Thiru Veedhi Pillai who was blessed with a male child in 1205 in Aipasi (October-November) on Tiruvonam star day. He named his child as Pillai Lokacharyar in remembrance of his Guru. The child grew in learning and was devoted to the service of the Lord.
🛕 During the Muslim Invasion of Srirangam, Muslims targeted the Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy Temple. Pillai Lokacharyar was 118 then. Despite his age, he wanted to save the procession deity Azhagia Manavalan. He covered the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity by a wall, installed some idols there and carried the real procession deities in a covered palanquin and moved towards south with his disciples. He came to Kodikulam enduring untold sufferings. He worshipped Lord Vedanarayana, hid Azhagia Manavalar and performed pujas.
🛕 The invaders came to this place too. Lokacharyar took the Perumal and reached the top of the hill. When he came down holding the plants and trees for support, he fell down. Even at such a critical time, Lokacharyar held Perumal closely on his chest to avoid any injury to him and fell down with his back to the ground. He was seriously injured. He lived just three days then and attained salvation on Jeshta Suddha Dwadasi in the month of Aani (June-July). Small creatures as flies and ants that had his touch also attained salvation.
🛕 His disciples used the garlands and the vastras on Lord for his funeral and buried him there itself. They stayed there for a month and completed the rituals as per rules. They returned to Srirangam after 48 years with the procession deity. Later, a separate shrine was built for Pillai Lokacharyar in Kodikulam. On Tiruvonam star days, being the birth of the saint, special pujas are performed in the shrine.
🛕 Presiding Deity is called as Vedanarayana Perumal. Lord Vedanarayana is in a small shrine alone without his consorts. Brahmma performed penance here as a Brahmin with one head. He is seen near Perumal. The cave where the procession deity Azhagia Manavalan was hidden earlier from invasion, has the feet of the Lord now. With a view to keep the sacredness of the water of the Brahmma Theertham clean and free from pollution, no one is permitted to bathe or clean their hands and legs in this tank. Devotees strongly believe that if they take this water and mix it while bathing, skin problems are completely solved.
🛕 A thirteenth century inscription (Kulasekara Pandya, A.D. 1288) engraved on the rock by the side of the tank mentions about the existence of a temple garden in the name of Alagiyamanavalan.
🛕 The temple remains open from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. only. For darshan during other hours, the devotee has to get in touch with the telephone numbers indicated in Contact Details.
🛕 Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and Aipasi Thiruvonam star day being the birth day of Pillai Lokachacharya in October-November are celebrated in a grand scale. On other monthly Tiruvonam star days also special pujas are performed in the shrine. During hunting festival Kalamega Perumal used to visit this place and took part in the celebration.
🛕 Devotees strongly believe that if they take this water and mix it while bathing, skin problems are completely solved. Devotees perform Tirumanjanam and donate vastras to Perumal.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 800 meters from Kodikulam Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Kodikulam Vilakku Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Yanaimalai Yoga Narasimha Perumal Swamy Temple, 5 Kms from Othakadai, 8 Kms from Thirumohur, 8 Kms from Thirumohoor Kala Megha Perumal Temple, 13 Kms from Madurai, 15 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 8 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 15 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 14 Kms from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and 25 Kms from Madurai International Airport. Mini bus facility is available from Kodikulam Vilakku. There are number of mini buses available from Othakadai to Kodikulam.
Vedanarayana Perumal Temple,
Kodikulam, Madurai – 625 104
Phone: +91 452 2423 444
Mobile: +91 98420 24866 / 94426 22181.