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Madurai Veeraraghava Perumal Temple: Chitirai Paurnami

Sri Veeraraghava Perumal is located in Veeraraghava Perumal Temple Street, Ezhuthanikara Street Junction, South Masi Street, in Madurai district in the state of Tamil Nadu. The primary deity of this temple is Veeraraghava Perumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi plus mother Goddess is Kanakavalli. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old.

The main festival of this temple is Chitra Poornima (April-May), Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Navarathri (September-October), Aadi Pooram (July-August) and Vaikunda Ekadasi (December-January).

According to the local legends, “Veeraraghava Perumal has the honour to receive the first welcome (Mudhal Mariyadhai) from Kallazhagar when He descends on the Vaigai river on the Chitra Poornima day”. On the other hand, in this temple Lord Vishnu graces in lying form as Sri Ranganathar, a standing form as Veeraraghava Perumal and sitting form as Yoga Narasimhar.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, during the period of Chokkappa Naicker, the temple was built. The other important shires in the temple premises beongs to Navagrahas the nine planets, Sri Ranganathar in the lying form, Manavala, Mamunigal, Sri Andal, Anjaneya, Sridevi, Chakarathazhwar, Bhoodevi and Garuda.

In most of the Vishnu temples, Saturday is an important day but in this temple, huge crowd is witnessed on Fridays. Devotees visit this particular temple for removal of fear from enemies, for child boon, good understanding between the couples, early marriage, for relief from planetary adverse effects, trade development and success in litigations. Special prayers and rituals are conducted on the day of Chitra purnima that is witnessed by large number of devotees.

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