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Sri Adhi Chokkanathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Chokkanathar, Meenakashi
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Kadamba tree
  Theertham: Pottramarai
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Uthara Alavai – Vada Alavai in Tamil
  City: Simmakkal
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  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.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  It is said that of the Shivalingas worshipped by Kubera, the one in this temple has a special significance. As Planet Budha – Mercury worshipped in this temple, this is considered as Budha Sthala Kshetra since the beginning.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Adhi Chokkanathar Temple, Simmakkal, Madurai-625 001.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 452 2344360 
    
 General Information:
     
 

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.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

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.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  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. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Of the many Shivalingas worshipped by Kubera the deity of wealth, the one in this temple-presiding deity Lord Adhi Chokkanatha is considered supreme above others.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
  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 Alavai 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 Alavai, Lord added.  The temple is also known as Adhi Chokkanathar Koil and the Place Vada Alavai.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: It is said that of the Shivalingas worshipped by Kubera, the one in this temple has a special significance. As Planet Budha – Mercury worshipped in this temple, this is considered as Budha Sthala Kshetra since the beginning.
 
     
 
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