Monday, March 16, 2015

Kurayur Venugopalaswamy Temple

Venugopalaswamy seen playing the flute at this Pandya Period Temple
Located 6kms East of Kallikudi off the Madurai-Tirunelveli NH is the Pandya period Venugopalaswamy temple in Kurayur, where the handsome Lord Venugopalan flanked by Rukmini and Satyabhama is seen in a standing posture playing the flute.  This is the Kula Deivam deity for many people including those from Srirangam.

Belief is also that this is a Guru Dosham liberation temple.

Old Inscription
There is an ancient inscription found inside the temple dating back a few centuries.

King Musukontha rested here at this place as he was down with an upset stomach. He was relieved from the stomach ailment immediately after he invoked the blessings of the Lord. As a thanks giving gesture, he installed the idol and built the temple at this place.

The Sthala Vriksham is Uranga Puli similar to the one at Azhvaar Tirunagari Divya Desam.

Festivals

In centuries gone by, Horse Vahana Procession on last Saturday of Puratasi and Garuda Seva on Sri Jayanthi were celebrated in a grand manner. A few decades ago, the Utsava Idol was stolen from the temple. 10years later the thieves confessed to having stolen and buried the idol in a nearby place. The idol was located and is now kept in safe custody at the Siva Temple in Thirumangalam.

Once the idol is returned back to the temple, it is hoped that the Vahana processions will restart once again, though the Vahanas are currently in a dilapidated state. 

Thirumanjanam on Rohini every month

The temple is open between 7am and 930 am in the morning and between 5pm and 7pm in the evening. Contact : Karthik Bhattar @ 91599 85284 / 0452 2342782

How to reach
The temple is about 15kms North of Virudhunagar (Bus No. 13C) and around 20kms from Thirumangalam (Bus Nos. 1, 1A, 48). Direct buses ply every hour from both places to the temple.


Share van @ Rs.10 from Kallikudi bus stand (on the Madurai-Virudhunagar Highway)

1 comment:

Murali Pitchai said...

Dear Prabhu.
Thanks for your posting about the Kurayur Sri Venugopalaswamy temple. I should visit this place. Kurayur happens to be my native village and I have never visited, my father K T R Pitchai (late) carried Kurayur as part of his initial. Though I lived in madurai, I never had visited the village, as all my relatives, apparently migrated from this place some time in early forties (1940 s) and stayed in another village called varalotti. Now I am in search and have a desire to reach to my native and looking for the temple which presumably my grand pa and great grand pas might have worshipped.
Your posting is really helpful. Will visit this place, worship the Lord and add my experiences.
Thanks a lot for this blog