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Thiru Manikoodam
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Thirumanikoodam
Thiru Manikoodam Varadaraja Perumal Temple

This temple is in the village of Thiru Nangur and called as ThiruManikoodam.It's about 5 miles (8 kms) away from Seerkazhi. It is one among the eleven divyadesams of Thirunangur Tirupathis.

As with the other temples in Thiru Nangur, the same legend that says that Vishnu took eleven forms as requeusted by Lord Shiva and have been blessing the devotees.

Another legend says that Krishna and his consort Sathya Bhama chose this location for their garden as it was looking like the one in the palace of the Lord Indra.

Seven temples of Thirunangur, Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram,Thiru Vanpurushotaman,Vaikuntha Vinnagaram,Thiru Thetriyambalam,Thiru Thevanar Thiruthogai,Thiru Manikoodam, Thiru Kavalampadi are adminstered under one adheenam and has direct patronage by Sri Sri Maharanyam Muralidhara Swamigal.

The Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam celebrated annually during the day next of Thai Amavasai (New moon day in mid January) is the major festival called Garuda seva during which the utsavars (festival images) of the eleven Thirunangur Tirupathis are brought on mount designed like Garuda, called Garuda Vahana, and all the eleven utsavars culminate at Thiru manimadakoil.

Thirumanikoodam
Temple praharam

Moolavar of this sthalam is  Sri Varadaraja perumal, also known as Manikooda Nayagan in Nindra Thirukkolam (Standing posture) facing east.

Prathyaksham for Periya Thiruvadi,Chandran.

Thayaar in this sthalam is Thirumamahal Nachiyaar(Sridevi),Bhoodevi.

Pushkarani(holy tank) of this place is Chandra pushkarani.

Mangalasasanams The temple is revered by the verses of Tirumangai azhwar

Temple location It is situated in Thiru Nangur, a village accessible via Sirkazhi or Mayavaram.

Temple Timings It is normally open from 7 am – 10 am and 5pm-7 pm. After the Garuda seva which goes beyond midnight to dawn, the temple may not open on time the next day. There is no seperate archakar here and he has to come from Thiru Manimaadakoil.

How to reach?
It is situated around 10 kms from Sirkazhi. There are buses from Mayavaram/ Sirkazhi that goes past Thiru Nangur. Direct special buses are available only on special occassions.If you drive your car it is 20 kms from Mayavaram and 10 kms from Sirkazhi. The road leading to this village is narrow and you might miss the turning from the main road if you are not watchful.

Where to Stay?There are no hotels in Thiru Nangur. Mayavaram or Sirkazhi is the place to stay
Where to Eat?There are no big restaurants here. You can reach Mayavaram or Sirkazhi town for lunch / dinner.
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Useful data
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Mayavaram
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Languages: English,Tamil
Best Season: Throughout the year. Summer( from May to July) could be very hot and dry when the mercury shoots to 40 degree celsius.
Weather: Summer 33-42°C, Winter 16-28°C
Altitude: Sea level
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