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Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

Located in the beautiful town of Thadikombu, that is about 8 km north-west of Dindigul district on NH7 - Dindigul-Karur-Salem highway, Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple is regarded as a treasure house of Indian architecture and sculptures of uncommon craftsmanship.

Temple Tower of Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

The sacred Hindu temple is believed to be as blessed as the Kallazhagar Temple at Azhagar Malai near Madurai. Devotees having venduthal/kaanikai (personal prayer commitments) to Madurai Koodal Azhagar can offer their prayer commitments in Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple in Dindigul. Let's get to know more about the Thadikombu Soundarraja Perumal Temple in Dindigul.

History of Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple - Sthalapuranam

Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple Entrance

The sacred destination was once known as 'Thaalai Vana Kshetram' or Thaalamaapuri, indicating the lush palm orchards encompassing the Soundarraja Perumal Temple. With a considerable share of the Telugu speaking population, over the years, the name Thaalamaapuri came to be called as Thadikombu, which can be translated as 'the location of palm trees'.

Sanctum Tower Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

Manduga Maharishi who was in the form of a frog was undertaking penance (thavam) along the banks of Kumba River seeking a relief from his sins. Assaulted by Thalasuran Asura, Manduga Maharishi called for the help of Madurai Koodal Azhagar who responded to the Manduga Maharishi’s prayers by defeating the demonic power. A pleased maharishi also returned to his human figure is supposed to have quested Madurai Azhagar to offer his blessings to everybody in that location.

Car Festival at Thadikombu Perumal Temple

The almighty gave his nod to the request of the maharishi and therefore this is said to be the northern abode of Thirumaalirunsolai - Sri Kallazhagar (Kattazhagar Temple, Senbaga Thoappu, Srivilliputhur is supposed to be his southerly abode).

Significance of Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple is a special Hindu temple as the temple is the home of several rare Hindu deities who offer relief and solutions to troubles. The Vishnu temple is probably the only temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to have Goddess Saraswathi (Hindu goddess of knowledge, arts, music, learning and wisdom) and Lord Hayagreeva (a horse headed incarnation of Lord Vishnu) in the same shrine. The temple also houses a shrine of Lord Dhanvantari (doctor of gods) and people flock the temple on Amavasya days to get relief from health problems.

Prakaram in Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

Besides, it is believed that paying a sincere visit to the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy shrine on Pounami days (full moon days) is believed to aid devotees in money related troubles. Sri Chakkarathalwar shrine adorns with gods related to Gayatri Mantra. It is important to mention that Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple is possibly the only temple in the South India to have a separate shrine for the Hindu God of love Manmatha (aka kamadeva - Hindu god of attraction, love and sexuality) and Rathi which is stated to help couples of troubles in their marriage. Sri Venugopala Swamy shrine is frequented by childless couples and devotees on the Rohini Nakshatram day.

Architectural Magnificence of Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple

Sculptures in Thadikombu Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple
Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple is popularly regarded as a treasure house of Indian architecture and sculptures of uncommon workmanship. The Vishnu temple houses several intricately designed sculptures, which are considered as toughies to carve. Some of the most important sculptures of this temple include
  • Anjaneya (Hanumanji) carrying Lord Rama on his shoulder
  • Hiranya Samharam by the ferocious Lord Narasimha
  • Sri Maha Vishnu mounted on Garuda vahana
  • Lord Vishnu in sleeping posture atop Adhisesha (king of all serpent deities)
  • Seven beautifully designed musical pillars
  • Lord Ganapathi in standing posture

Quick Facts:

Location: Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Temple, Thadikombu, Dindigul - 624001 (10 km south of Dindigul)
Phone Number: +91- 451-255 7232
Temple Timings: 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM (all days of the week)
Main Deity (Moolavar):  Sri Soundarraja Perumal, east facing standing posture under the Somachandra vimaanam
Goddess (Thaayaar): Kalyana Soundara Valli Thaayar
Thala Virutcham: Vilwa Maram
Theertham: Kudaganaru River
Festivals: During the Tamil month Chithirai - Lord Azhagar will have 12 days of special poojas, Sri Soundarraja Perumal thiruvona natchaththira pooja, Sri Dhanvanthiri perumal ammavaasai pooja, Sri lakshmi narasimha swamy natchaththira pooja, Sri lakshmi narasimha pournami pooja, Sri venugopala swamy natchaththira pooja, Sri sorna atharshna bairavar theipirai ashtami pooja and so on
Prayers/Offerings: Devotees offer sarees to the Thaayaar (goddess) and thulasi malai (garland) to Arulmigu Soundarraja Perumal Swamy

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