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Mottai Vinayagar Temple (மொட்டை விநாயகர் கோயில்) Madurai

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Mottai Vinayagar ,Madurai,Madurai

Moolavar : Vinayagar
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : –
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500 years Historical Name : –
City : Madurai
District : Madurai
State : Tamil Nadu


vinayaka chaturthi

Temple’s Speciality:

Mottai Vinayagar

Opening Time:

The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.


Sri Mottai Vinayagar Temple, Madurai-625 001.

General Information:

Many doctors in the area offer coconuts to this Vinayaka before doing a surgery.


Students pray for distinction in results and traders pray for business development.

Thanks giving:

Devotees perform grass archanas and offer vastras to Lord vinayaga.

Greatness Of Temple:

Traders use to place the key of their business houses in his shrine before proceeding to open their shops and offices. They believe that their business growth depends on Ganapathy’s grace. Hence this Vinayaka is also known as Vyapara Pillayar. Before starting any work, devotees seek His permission placing two chits before him. Many doctors in the area offer coconuts to this Vinayaka before doing a surgery.

Temple History:

Mother Parvathi created a youth for her security and named him Ganapathy. She appointed him as the security for Her kingdom. When Devas came to her kingdom for worship, Ganapathy refused to let them in. When they tried to trespass, Ganapathi fought and drove them away.

The Devas went to Lord Shiva and appealed to Him to enable them to worship Parvathi. Lord Shiva came to Ganapathy and held talks with him. Ganapathy maintained his determination and refused entry to Lord Shiva too. Angry Shiva chopped off the head of Lord Ganapathy. Mother Parvathi pleaded with the Lord to give her son life again. Lord Shiva fixed the head of an elephant and elevated him to the highest status of being Number One and ordered that all must worship the deities in the temples only after worshipping Lord Vinayaka. Lord Shiva also made Ganapathy the Head of His Ganas – security force.

As a token of this incident, Lord Vinayaka appears in this temple without head as Mottai Ganapathy.

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