Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Vinayakar||Ambal / Thayar:||–|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Kodikulam||District:||Madurai|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Madurai (16 km)||Sivaganga (23 km)|
|Dindigul (60 km)||Virudhunagar (64 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
Kodikulam, located on the north-eastern side of the Yanai Malai hill just outside Othakadai in Madurai, is home to temples for Vinayakar and Veda Narayana Perumal, and a separate shrine for Pillai Lokacharyar.
Frequented mostly by locals, this small Vinayakar temple does not have a sthala puranam of its own, but is meant as a first stop before visiting the Veda Narayana Perumal temple and the Pillai Lokacharyar Tiruvarasu shrine.
The temple is at a slight elevation of a few steps, and is located in an area densely populated by peepul trees. The local belief is that worshipping Vinayakar here will bring the devotee all they wish for. Devotees often tie bells to a pole beside the shrine, which can be see even from the road.
Interestingly, there is a Nandi in addition to Vinayakar’s vehicle, the rat, in front of the shrine. Inside the shrine is also a murti for Naagar. There is a toranam depicting Gajalakshmi at the entrance to the shrine.
Given the relative newness of the Vinayakar murti here, and considering the other indications (such as the Nandi, Gajalakshmi Toranam, and the depiction of Vinayakar and the OM symbol (representing Murugan) to the left and right of the toranam, it may be possible that this used to be a Siva temple earlier, and was later replaced with Vinayakar in the garbhagriham. However, there are no koshtam deities, as this is a single room shrine.
Other information for your visit
The temple is open throughout the day, and is cared for by the locals.