Monday, August 20, 2018

Aadhi Chokkanathar Temple, Simmakkal, Madurai

Aadhi Chokkanathar Temple, Simmakkal, Madurai
Aadhi Chokkanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Simmakkal to the North of Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Chokkanathar and Mother is called as Meenakshi. The Temple is believed to be 1000 years old. Of the 64 divine events (Tiruvilayadal) described in the sacred epic Tiruvilayadal Puranam by Saint Paranjothi Munivar, this temple is about marking the boundaries of Madurai.




The place is also called as Vada Thiru Aalavai. Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Madurai refers to five temples dedicated to Shiva, each representing a manifestation of the five prime elements of nature: land, water, air, sky, and fire. Pancha indicates five, Bhoota means elements, and Sthalam means place. Of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalams in Madurai, this temple represents Agayam-Sky. Pancha Bhoota Sthalams of Madurai are as follows;
·        Sellur Aappudayar Temple (Water)
·        Immayilum Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, West Masi Street (Land)
·        Theppakulam Muktheeswarar Temple (Air)
·        Simmakkal Chokkanathar Temple (Sky)
·        Then Thiru Aalavai Temple South Masi Street (Fire)
Legends
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The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Chokkanathar and Mother is called as Meenakshi. Sthala Vriksham is Kadamba Tree. Theertham associated with this Temple is Pottramarai Kulam.



Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Festivals
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.
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. 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.
Contact
Adhi Chokkanathar Temple,
Simmakkal, Madurai
Madurai District – 625 001
Phone: +91 452 234 4360
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Simmakkal Bus Stop, 600 meters from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 2 Kms from Koodal Azhagar Temple, 2 Kms from Periyar Bus Stand, 5 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 2 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 9 Kms from Thiruparankundram and 12 Kms from Madurai International Airport. Town buses are available from Periyar Bus Stand and from Mattuthavani Bus Stand. 
Location

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