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|Thirukoshtiyur temple, Narashimhar. Tamilnadu Tourism|
forms of standing, sitting and resting posture at Thirukoshtiur. Since Vishnu showed his form through the hardship (in Tamil: Thirukkai) of Devas, the place came to be known as Thirukoshtiur
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The temple covering 2 acres of land has a 5 tier entrance gopuram. The temple is enclosed within
the boundary walls made of granite. The main sanctum houses the image of the presiding deity, Uragamellayan Perumal in reclining posture on a serpent's coiled bed - Adishesha similar to that of Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple. Also present are the images of Sridevi and Bhudevi. There are two life size images of Narasimha, the avatar of Vishnu. One of them is shown holding the demon Hiranyakshipu and other slaying him.
Here, the festival deity is Sowmya Narayana Perumal and the idol is made of panchaloha (a combination of many metals, including gold).
The vimana, the shrine over the sanctum is Ashtanga in architecture style, which has eight parts. It is a rare piece of Hindu temple architecture. Though the Dravidian architecture is followed here, the Astanga Vimana is a rare style. Here, the vimana raising to a height of 25 m (82 ft), is taller than the gopuram of the temple, such a feature is seldom found in Dravidian temples.
As for the shrine of Lord's consort, Thirumamagal it is located to the south of the main shrine. Close to the sanctum are the small shrines dedicated to Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Andal, Manavala Munigal, etc. The shrines of Garuda, Anjaneya, Ramanuja, Vedanta Desika and Azhwars are in the second prakara. A rare feature in a Vishnu temple is the presence of Shivalinga Lord Subramanya and Vinayaga -
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The positioning of sub-deities in this temple is almost similar to those at Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple at Koviladi, Veeraraghava Perumal temple at Thiruvallur, Rajagopalaswamy temple at Mannargudi and Rangantha temple at Srirangapatna.
02. It is to be noted that the Ashtanga Vimana that we have here in this temple, is found in only three places, namely, the Uthiramerur, Koodal Azhagar Temple and Cheranmadevi temples.