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108 DivyaDesam Vishnu Temple History – 02 Woraiyur (Thirukkozhi)

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Woraiyur Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple is the Second temple in 108 Divyadesa Temples and Chola Nadu Divyadesam. This temple is located in woraiyur, Trichy, This temple is also called Alagiya Manavalan Temple by devotees of Trichy.


Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar temple is one of the very amazing temples of Lord Vishnu, The Moolavar Perumal Idol name is Azhagiya Manavalan and the Utsavar Perumal Idol name is Namperumal (Srirangam) and the Lakshmi Thayar Idol name is Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar. the other name of this temple is MichilaPuri, Woraiyur, Thirukkozhi, Kozhi.

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In the olden days, Woraiyur was the capital of the Chola dynasty, For so many years, Kings Administrated the whole Kingdom from Woraiyur. Woraiyur is the birthplace of Sri Thiruppan Alwar, who is one of the famous Alwars who devoted Perumal and followed Sri Vaishnava, Kamalavalli Nachiyar temple has one pond called Surya Pushkarani and the Vimanam called Kalyana Vimanam. Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar and Sri Azhagiya Manavalan were faced towards the south direction.


Kozhiyum kudalum koyil konda *

Kovalare oppar kunram anna *

Pazhiyantholum or nangudaiyar *

Pandu ivar thammaiyum kandariyom **

Vazhiyaro ivar vannam ennil *

Makadal ponrular kaiyil veyya *

Azhi onrendhi or sangku patri *

Achcho oruvar azhagiyava!

- Periya Thirumozhi, Thirumangai Alwar


The Meaning of Woraiyur is The holy place where Lord Sri Lakshmi Thayar will reside, stay, take rest, and her living place is called Woraiyur.

This temple have got poems from Sri Thirumangai Alwar and Sri Kulasekra Alwar.


History of Woraiyur Temple -

The Kings of the Chola Dynasty had done many services to Lord Vishnu. King Nandha Chola is a great human, a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, he also done many services to Sri Renganatha Swamy Temple of Srirangam. But the King doesn't have any child so devoted and requested a child to Lord Ranganathan. One day while the king was going hunting, he saw a girl baby over a lotus in the pond in the forest King saw that the baby girl has the features of Lakshmi thayar and returned to the palace.


King named that baby girl Kamalavalli, In Sanskrit Kamalavalli, means A Bridge that connects a Soul of a Devotee to Lord Vishnu. After some days Kamalavalli got the age of marriage and with great love and devotion, she has married Lord Namperumal. So Namperumal had kept his representative idol as Azhagiya Manavalan but Namperumal is orginal perumal of this Divyadesam.


One in a year, On the sixth day of the Panguni Aadhi Bramotsavam Festival Srirangam Namperumal will arrive at Woraiyur Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple and conducts Sethi Festival where Sri Namperumal and Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar will sit on one bench and showers the blessings to Devotees, this is one of the most important festivals of Srirangam. In Woraiyur temple Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar and Sri Azhagiya Manavala

Perumal was faced towards the south direction.


The Kamalavalli Nachiyar temple was built by King Nandha Chola. . Woraiyur is the birthplace of Sri Thiruppan Alwar, who is one of the famous Alwars who worshipped Sri Renganatha Swamy and devoted 10 songs and named it as Amalanaadhipiran. One of the Devotees of Sri Ramanuja called Pillai Urangavalli Dasar and his wife Ponnachiyar has lived here and did many services to Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar.


Sri Kalmalavalli Nachiyar is the second wife of Sri Namperumal. One of the amazing facts is, Till today if we go for the darshan of Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar will have looks very young as a newly married woman. One of the other names of Woraiyur is Kozhi, the reason for this name is once the elephant of Chola king arrived at this place and started to destroy the city, A Rooster got angry and which got blessings from lord shiva and defeated the elephant which run away from the village, the courage of the Rooster becomes a name as Kozhi in Tamil.


Alli mamalar mangkai nathan *arangkan meyyadiyargal tham *

Ellaiyil adimaith thiraththinil enrum mevu manaththanam *

Kollikavalan kudalnayagan * kozhikkon kulasekaran *

Sollin inthamizh malai vallavar * thondar thondargal avare **

- Perumal Thirumozhi, Kulaseka Alwar


Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha !!!

Srimathe Varavaramunaye Namaha!!!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!!

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