Vinayaka Chathurthi

Madurai Mukkuruni Pillaiyar

The famous Mukkuruni Pillaiyar, found in the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, is said to have been found in a place called Vandiyur, in Madurai.

A gigantic modhakam is offered to him during the Vinayaka Chathurthi festival. This modhakam is made with three kurunis – a type of measure - of rice. A kuruni is equivalent to four padis.

So, in this case, 12 padis of rice is taken and cleaned with water. Then it is soaked. It is then pounded in a ural. The flour is mixed with gram, coconut, cane sugar, salt, cardamom, etc. It is then moulded and wrapped in a cloth and made into a huge bundle. It is then steamed in a giant kopparai made especially for this purpose. When appropriately cooked, it becomes a gigantic modhakam.

All devotees visiting the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple first pray to the imposing Mukkuruni Pillaiyar before entering the sanctum sanctorum and thousands of devotees throng the shrine during the Vinayaka Chathurthi festival.

King Tirumalai Nayak wanted to build a very beautiful and huge palace for himself in Madurai. So, he procured a large plot of land which occupied the south-eastern sector of the Madurai city within the confines of the fortress.

While digging for a large amount of earth for the construction near the Vandiyur Mariamman temple, the giant idol of Vinayaka was found. While the pit was converted into a beautiful tank, the idol was consecrated as Mukkuruni Vinayaka inside the Meenakshi Amman temple.

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