2017-06-28 (2), Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar Temple, Kochadai, Madurai
2017-06-28 (2), Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar Temple, Kochadai, Madurai

Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar Temple, Kochadai, Madurai

Date built:
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivalsMahasivarathri

Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar / Sri Muthaiya Swamy TempleKochadai, Madurai District

Phone +91 452 6524201
Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Sastha, a Village Deity located at Kochadai, a suburb of Madurai City in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is also known as Muthaiya Swamy Temple. This Temple is believed to be belong to Pandya period.


Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 11.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. and 04.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m.


Mahasivarathri is celebrated for three days in the month of Masi, February-March. The other festival in Purattasi (September-October) is celebrated only by the villagers of Kochadai on getting the permission from a lizard sound from a palm tree in the month. If the approval is not obtained, the festival would be postponed to the next year. The tradition is followed even now. The Soolattu Puja festival for Rakkayi Amman and the Pavadai puja festival for Muthiahswami by the family trustees are very famous for all their pomp and splendour. This is a Murayeedu (submission) temple.


For removal of Naga Dosha, devotees pour milk to Nagamma under the tamarind tree. Those seeking wedding boon tie Mangal Sutras and those seeking child boon tie cradles with Saris in the tree. Devotees pour milk to Nagamma on realizing their wishes.

Legend / Local stories

Lord Shiva’s play at Kochadai:

The epic speaking the 64 blessingful events of Lord Shiva has a mention about Kochadai. With a view to take an old lady Vandhi by name, Lord Shiva caused heavy floods in River Vaigai. While one in each family was demanded to repair the breaches caused by the flood, as Vandhi had no one to offer for the job, Lord Shiva himself came to her rescue offering himself for the job, taking the pudding Vandhi was selling for his wage.

King Pandya, dissatisfied with his work caned him in anger – Kovichu Adi – in Tamil. The place also came to be known as Kovichu Adi which in course of time changed to Kochadai. There is a Chokkanatha temple near this place. It is said that this is the original place from where Mother Meenakshi graced devotees.

Muthiah Koil:

Muthiahswami came to Aiyanar in the earlier days looking for asylum. Later he became famous. As he became popular this place came to be known as Muthiah Koil.

Sage Patanjali performed penance here:

It is believed that Sage Patanjali performed penance here under the Tamarind Tree.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 800 meters from Mudakkusalai Bus Stop, 5 Kms from Madurai, 5 Kms from Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, 4 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, 4 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction and 15 Kms from Madurai International Airport.

Contact Details

Villayuthamudaya Ayyanar / Sri Muthaiya Swamy Temple

Kochadai, Madurai District

Phone: +91 452 6524201

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