Thiruvenkatamudayan temple, Ariyakudi

About the temple

Ariyakudi is synonymous with the famous Ariyakudi Ramanujar Iyengar and the perumal temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Thiruvenkatamudayan with Sridevi and Bhoodevi thayar. There is a seperate sannadhi for Alarmelmangai thayar in the temple. The temple is popular as Then Tirupathi meaning Tirupathi of the South. The temple is around 400-500 years old and there is a story associated with it.

A devotee used to walk all the way to Tirupathi once a year to visit the temple and deposit the amount given by many other devotees. As he grew old, once while he was walking, he fainted and was unable to walk further. The Lord appeared in his thoughts and told him that he neednt walk anymore and directed him to a nearby place. When he reached there, he found a coconut and tulsi plant as an indication to build a temple there. When the land was being dug up for the construction, the Lord's idol surfaced. The same was installed in the temple and hence the Lord in the temple is a swayambu moorthy.

The temple is famous for fulfilling the wishes of the devotees relating to education, marriage and children. The garuda in the outer prakaram has two lions besides. There is a Narasimhar temple right opposite the main temple.

How to reach

The temple is around 5 kms from Karaikudi and easily acessible through bus and private vehicles.


Alarmel mangai thayar
Senai mudaliyar, Chakratazhwar and Vishwaksenar
Garuda (one in outer prakaram too)

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 7.30 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Temples in proximity

Thirukosthiyur, Thirumayam, Pillaiyarpatti Vinayagar temple, Kundrakudi Murugan temple


chitra said...

That is surely a nice temple, have visited a couple of times.

Anonymous said...

"Thiruvengadamudaiyaan" God is so powerfulI. have visited many times...
peaceful & Often pleasant.......

Anonymous said...

"Thiruvengadamudaiyan" God is very powerful... have visited many times... peaseful & Often pleasant

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