Today enroute to Kanchipuram I made a brief stop over at Mangaadu and had a darshan of this very ancient temple.
How to Reach:
Enter Mangadu and take a turn towards the Kamakshi temple when you are directed to the parking lot proceed straight to the end of the road and take a right turn at the end.Follow this road for a furlong and you will land in front of the temple.This temple is behind the kamakshi temple
Legend associated with the temple:
Kamakshi was directed by shiva to be born on earth and to do penence to marry him as she had once playfully closed his eyes and caused total darkness to the whole universe.When she came here she found Sukracharya the guru of the asuras already doing penence here for atoning his sin in preventing Bali chakravarthy from donating three feet of land to Maha vishnu in the Vamana avatara. Since shiva could not move from here he directed parvathy to wait for him in Kanchi where he marries her.Velli is another name for Sukra hence the name velleshwarar,
Vinayaka in this temple is called Mangani vinayaka ( mango shoot) as he has a mango in his right hand and paddy in his left hand. (The name Mangadu means mango groove) This is the mango he won from narada the Gnanapazham(fruit of knowledge)
As you enter from the east you see nandi with a cage in front which encloses the paadam (feet) of Kamakshi who came here and left for her temple( you can see the cage on the right in the pic below)
Entrance to the temple is from the south .There are no dwara palakas .The sanctum has a huge Sivalinga mounted on a stage here Chatura peeta unlike the usual aavudiar .There is no seperate sannidhi for parvathy here as Kamakshi temple is nearby..
Outside the main prahara you see shrines for Vinayaga, murugan, Kasi viswanathan , Visalakshi and Veerabhadrar .
Veerabhadra was created from siva’s sweat in anger at Daksha’s yagna and Veerabhadra be heads Daksha. who is later fixed with is fixed with a sheeps head and you can see a sheep headed daksha kneeling before the Veerabhadrar (see below)
( veerabhadra sannidhi)
(lingothbhavar with Brahma and Vishnu on either side )
Goddess Durga is also installed with her discus near Lingodhbava. Durga with a Prayoga Chakara (discus) This is the speciality in the temple.
Maangani vinayakar and guru
There is also a sannidhi for Kalasamhara murthy and balambikai near the durga and chandishwarar sannidhi
well maintained garden
A visit to the temple is said to propitiate Venus (sukhran) and also help ameliorate eye conditions