He got his name because a gigantic modhakam is given as an offering to him on the Vinaayakar Chathurthi Festival.This moOdhakam is made with 3 kuRuNis of rice.A kuRuNi is a type of measure. It is equivalent to 4 padis. MukkuRuNi is 3 X 4 = 12 padis of rice.12 measures of rice is taken and cleaned well with water. Then it is soaked. It is then pounded in a 'ural' - mortar. 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 bundle. It is then steamed in a giant 'kopparai' - steamer which was made especially for this purpose. When appropriately cooked, it becomes a gigantic 'MOdhakam'.The MukkuRuNi Vinaayakar is said have been found in a place called VaNdiyuur.Tirumalai Nayakkar wanted to build a very beautiful and huge Palace for himself in Madurai. So he procured large plot of land which occupied the south-eastern sector of the Madurai city within the confines of the fortress. 'Procure' means 'just take'.The construction of the palace needed a lot of suitable soil, earth and sand. A site where all these could be found was chosen. It was near the VaNdiyuur Mariyamman Temple. The river Vaigai flowed very near the site. The site itself has been traversed by the River Vagai and had been a river bed on and off.
The evacuation of large amount of earth in that place caused a huge pit.Thirumalai converted this pit into a beautiful tank with a central islet.There he built with a beautiful mandapam and vimanam with four smaller mandapams with towers. This is the famous 'Maiya MaNdapam'.During Thaipusam, the Thappa Thiruvilza takes place.
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