Sri Appakudathaan perumal, Thirupper nagar

About the temple

The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Srivaishnavas and comes under Choza naatu divyadesams. The presiding deity is Lord Appakkudatan or Lord Appala Ranganathan in reclining posture with a pot full of appam (a sweet) besides him and thayar is called Indradevi or Kamalavalli thayar.  Nammazhwar is said to have recited his last paasuram in praise of the Lord in this temple before attaining moksham. The temple is said to be older than Srirangam Ranganathar temple. It is called Koviladi as it
is believed that Sri Appala Ranganatha perumal measured the steps for the periya kovil from here. The temple is among the Pancha Ranga kshetram, the others being Srirangam, Thiru Indalur, Srirangapatnam and Kumbakonam.

A King used to feed around a lakh people everyday to get free from a curse and get back his powers. Once, Lord Vishnu disguised himself and came for food. After eating
the entire day, he asked the king to give him a pot full of Appam which is a sweet made of rice in South India. Once the Lord had it, he freed the king from the curse and hence he came to be known as Appakudathan wherein kudam means pot in tamil. Even today, the Lord is offered Appam as prasad daily. One can get the prasadam from the 2nd house on the left side of the road just in front of the temple.

How to reach

The temple is around 10 kms from Lalgudi and 25 kms from Trichy. To travel by bus one should go to Kallanai and take another bus from there. The local name for the place is Koviladi. From Thiru Anbil divyadesam, go to Poondi, cross the bridge and travel around 6 kms on the left to reach Koviladi.


Lord Appakudathan
Kamalavalli thayar
Alwars and acharyas

Temple pushkarni and vimanam

The temple tank is called Indra theertham and Vimanam is Indra Vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 7 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Temples in proximity

Thiru Anbil Vadivazhagiya nambi

1 comment:

chitra said...

The temple looks renovated.When I went the work was in progress.The deity of Appakudathan was mesmerising.

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