Thursday, June 7, 2018

Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Madurai

Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Madurai
Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. The temple is under the patronage of Sourashtra Sabha, is located at the South Krishnan Koil street branching out from the South Masi Street and to the east of Sri Koodal Alagar Perumal Temple.

Association of Thirumalai Naicker with this Temple:
Thirumalai Naicker who ruled Madurai in 18th century, was a great devotee of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal. It is said that by God’s holy direction, he had a glimpse of the Krishna Jyoti (divine light) from this temple during one of his evening walks and hence after he had generously contributed for building various structures of this holy temple.
Suyambhu Krishna Idol:
In days of yore, a Vishnu devotee made a small idol of Lord Krishna and was worshipping him as a child. He had a desire to have a big Krishna idol and have his darshan. Lord appeared in his dream and said that he was in the form of his wish near Vaigai River. The devotee found the idol and installed it here. In course of time, this idol became the presiding deity of the temple.
Thirumalai Naicker, who ruled Madurai in 18th century, was a great devotee of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal. Rani Mangammal (the successor of Naicker) had also visited this temple and had offered a lotus made out of pearl along with other precious ornaments to the Lord. She had also offered two villages for the festival celebrations.

The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal / Krishnar Srinivasa Perumal. Lord Perumal in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Lord Venkatesa Perumal as a replica in Tirupathi graces from the sanctum sanctorum. There is a shrine for Lord Krishna at the front mandapam appearing in a Nardana-dancing posture. As he is the first deity of the temple, all pujas are dedicated to him first. Lord Navaneethakrishnan is the procession deity. He comes in procession in a cradle on each Rohini Star day.  Devotees offer flake porridge, butter and dry ginger as Nivedhana and offer Tulsi garlands seeking boon of wise children. 

Lord Perumal grants darshan sitting on Bhagwan Garuda on Purattasi Saturdays in September-October. He visits River Vaigai on the Masi full moon day in February-March granting the Gajendra Moksha episode darshan. He also visits Vaigai for Theerthavari on Panguni Uthiram day in March-April. Mother is called as Alarmel Mangai.

Lord Vaishnava Vignesha shrine is at the entrance of the temple. As a tradition, Lord Vinayaka appears with one tusk in temples as he used one for writing the great Epic Mahabharata dictated by Sage Vyasa.  But he graces with two tusks in this temple. Hence, he is celebrated as a Vinayaka belonging to the period prior to the writing of Mahabharata. Also, he appears differently from other temples in a standing posture with discus and conch as paying respect to Uncle Lord Perumal. Garuda Bhagwan is seen in a worshipping form near Vinayaka. 

There is a separate shrine for Lord Lakshmi Hayagriva. There is a shrine for Mother Andal. On the Aadi Pooram day, to the delight of the devotees, Andal is dressed as Perumal and Lord as Andal called Mattru Tirukola Sevai – alternate appearance. There are shrines in the temple for Anjali Anjaneya, Azhwars saints and Sudharsana, Lords Perumal in reclining form, Panduranga with Mother Raghumayi, Rama, Narasimha and Mother Natana Gopala Nayaki in the temple. Theertham is Sarva Abishta Theertham.

Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m.
Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Sri Rama Navami; Krishna Jayanthi in August-September; Ratha Sapthami in January and Purattasi Saturdays in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated in the temple on the Krishna Jayanti day. It is followed by a procession of Child Krishna in a golden cradle and also Uriyadi festival – breaking the butter pot. 
People pray for child boon offering sweetened flakes and porridge (Payasam in Tamil) to Lord Krishna. Students seek blessings of Lord to excel in studies. Besides offering Tirumanjanam to Lord Perumal, devotees offer to Lord Lakshmi Hayagriva on Thursdays Nivedhanas of sugar candy, dates, with Tulsi and cardamom garlands.
Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple (Navaneethakrishna Temple),
South Masi Street, Madurai – 625 001
Phone: +91 452 233 2138
Mobile: +91 99421 19165
The Temple is located at about 350 meters from Koodal Azhagar Temple, 700 meters from Complex Bus Stand, 750 meters from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 700 meters from Periyar Bus Stand, 7 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 1.5 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction and 10 Kms from Madurai International Airport. The temple is situated in the South Krishna Temple street branching from South Masi Street. It is very close to the Madurai Central bus stand and can be easily reached by walk. People know the temple as Krishnar Temple.