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Sri Appakudathan temple
 
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Moolavar: Appakudathan
  Urchavar: Appala Ranganathar
  Amman / Thayar: Indiradevi, Kamalavalli
  Thala Virutcham: Purasa tree
  Theertham: Indira Pushkarini
  Agamam / Pooja : Pancharatra Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirupair
  City: Koviladi
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The Lord of the temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymns of Saints Periazhwar, Tirumazhisai Azhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar  
     
 Festival:
     
  Car festival on Panguni Uthiram star day Theerthavari in March-April; Vaikunta Ekadasi in December-January; Navarathri in September-October and the butter pot breaking utsav-Uri Adi- are the festivals celebrated in the temple  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The temple is one among the Divya Desas of Lord Perumal and also one of the five Pancharanga Sthalas  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 8.30 a.m. and 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Appakudathan Temple, Koviladi (Tirupair)-613 105, Thanjavur district  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4362 - 281 488, 281 460, 281 304 
    
 General Information:
     
  Lord, in His Bhujanga Sayana-reclining posture is facing west.  The Vimana above the sanctum is of Indira Vimana design.  Lord Vazhikatti Vinanayaka (Guiding Vinayaka) graces the place.  Upamanyu and Sage Parasara had the darshan of Lord Appakudathan here  
     
 
Prayers
    
  Those seeking child boon, freedom from fear of death, to develop qualities of humility, for relief from adverse planetary aspects, sins and curses, facing endless problems, pray to Perumal for solutions 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and offer vastras 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Appam is a sweet preparation offered to Gods as nivedhana.  Perumal got the name Appakudathan as He received the pot of Appam from king Upamanyu.  Perumal appears embracing the pot by one hand.  Perumal destroyed the pride of Indira, saved Sage Markandeya from fear of death and relieved king Upari Siravasu from sins and curses in this ancient place.  It is also said that this temple (Kovil) came into being even before the Srirangam temple that followed next.  Adi in Tamil means foundation or forerunner.  Hence, the place is named Koviladi, it is explained by scriptures.

 

This is the temple from where Saint Periazhwar left for Lord’s Abode after singing his last Mangalasasanam.  Hence, the belief is that one worshipping Perumal here is sure to reach Vaikunta.  Mother and Lord are facing each other.  Tirumangai Azhwar praised Perumal in his hymns. Lord Appakudathan followed Azhwar to Tiruvellarai where too he sang his praise again.

 

Koviladi-Appala Rangam is one among the Pancha Ranga sthala occupies the second place.  Other four are Adhirangam in Sriranga Pattinam in Mysore, Madhya Rangam in Sri Rangam, Chaturtha Rangam in Kumbakonam and Pancha Rangam in Indalur-Mayiladuthurai,  It may be noted that Srirangam comes third after Koviladi.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  King Upamanyu lost his powers due to the curse of Sage Durvasa.  When begged for pardon and relief, the sage said that the king should feed one lakh people in this place, then known as Palasavanam and he would be relieved of the curse.  The king built a palace nearby and commenced the feeding.  One day, Lord Sriman Narayanan-Perumal came there in the guise of an aged Brahmin.  He was served food.  To test the determination of the king, Lord consumed the entire quantity of food prepared for the day.  King politely asked the Brahmin if He wanted anything more.  The Brahmin replied He wanted one pot of Appam.  Sooner He received Appam pot from the king, his curse vanished, says the Sthala Purana  
     
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