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Sri Moovar temple
 
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Moolavar: Lord Shiva
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Parvathi
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Alagappan Nagar
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Vaikasi-May-June is a festival month. Special pujas and abishek are held on Margazhi Tiruvadhirai day in December-January.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The shrine of Lord Shiva is so beautifully structured reminding the wedding of Mother Meenakshi with Lord Shiva. Any one truly pious are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum to function as a priest.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 5.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Moovar Tirukoil, Sundarar Street, Alagappan Nagar, Madurai-625 003.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 94431 06262 
    
 General Information:
     
 

This is a temple of the people, by the people and for the people, for almost all temple duties are shared by them.  The pujas are conducted by women on Tuesdays and Fridays while men perform this duty on other days.  They cook in the temple kitchen, sweep and clean the temple, make garlands, draw rangolis, strike the bells and all such other jobs.

 

There are shrines for Lords Balamuruga, Aiyappan, Dakshinamurthy,  Nandeeswara, Venkatachalapathi, Chakkarathazhwar, Kala Bhairava, Nagalingam and subdeities as Karuppanasami.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Prayers are submitted here for the welfare and prosperity of devotees.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Starting from Lord Vinayaka to Hanuman, every deity in the temple looks smiling as if they are listening to our appeals with care.  Mother Kanaka Durga shrine reminds us of Her shrine in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.  Those who worship Her in Rahu Kala succeed in their endeavours.

 

King Rajasekhara Pandya felt that the legs of Lord Nataraja would be paining much if He continued His cosmic dance without a break.  He begged the Lord to change legs, otherwise he would kill himself.  Responding to the prayer of the king, Lord changed His legs in Madurai and continued His cosmic dance.  A similar shrine called Velli Ambalam – stage made of Silver is built in this temple also representing this event.  Special pujas are conducted here on Tiruvadhirai day.

 

There are shrines for Thevaram and Tiruvasagam saints – Tiruganasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar along with Saint Vallalar who propagated the philosophy of Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga.  A puja is conducted on the last Sunday of the each English month for Saint Tirunavukkarasar who served the Lord with his spade instrument cleaning the pathways to Shiva temples for the convenience of the devotees.  He followed the Dasya Marga – servicing to Lord and devotees.  Devotees enthusiastically participate in this cleaning service. 

 

A prize also is given to the devotees in recognition of their service to the temple during the Vaikasi festival.

 

A temple with a difference: There is no hundi in the temple.  The temple administration bears the expenses of lighting deepas (lamps) in the shrines.  Abishek is performed to all deities every day changing the clothes.  Considering the importance of cleanliness of the temple, others are not permitted to do this.  The temple is not closed on eclipse time and other days caused by any untoward incident around the place.

 

The sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way resembling the Meenakshi Sundareswarar wedding festival followed in Madurai.  Behind the Shivalinga in the sanctum, are Lord Vishnu, Mother Meenakshi and Lord Shiv gracing in a sitting form.  Lord Shiva is decorated on Pradosham days falling on a Saturday and on Shivrathri day with Golden Nagabaranam – the divine snake ornament above the head of the Linga. Both men and women are permitted to enter the sanctum and do pujas if they are truly devout.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The temple tells the story of three Lords and their actions.  Lord Brahmma creates, Lord Vishnu protects and Lord Shiva destroys, hence all the three (Moovar) Lords are gracing in the temple together.  There also shrines for Their consorts – Saraswthi-Brahmma, Mahalakshmi – Vishnu and Parvathi-Shiva.  Lord Vinayaka is praised in the name of Selva Siddhi Vinayaka – Vinayaka who grants prosperity to devotees.

 
     
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