The Manthurai temple is a very ancient temple .It is one of the Paadal petra sthalams The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirugnanasambandar and in Tirupugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar. This is the 58th Lord Shiva shrine on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
How to Reach:
On the Trichy Lalgudi road after crossing Valadi just before lalgudi about 14 kms from the toll gate look for the left turning to the temple it is about 500 metres away.
(ayyanar koil in front)
Legends of the temple:
it is an ancient parihara sthalam where Surya did tapas and redeemed himself of his curse and took back Samygna devi who could not bear his heat,( She was the daughter of Vishwakarma the architect)
Indra got salvation for his misbehavior with Ahalya,
This is one of the Pancha (five) Shiva Temples in lalgudi region.The others being Thirumangalam, Nagar,Anbil and Lalgudi
Mrikandu Munivar (father of Markandeya) as a deer is said to have worshipped Shiva under a mango tree here, and this legend is illustrated in stucco in the temple.
Once the rishi was cursed to be born as a deer in this forest. His parents(deers) were also cursed demons who were killed by Siva and Parvathy and given salvation. The Deer cub was also taken care of by parvathy and ultimately relieved of the curse here. ( Manthurai can mean forest of mango trees or area where Deer roam)
Brahma is said to have brought the Gayatri Nadi at the completion of his worship here, and his act of having made the false claim of having seen the top of the column of fire in which Shiva had manifested himself, was absolved here.
As you enter the Main gopuram you see the main praharam which houses the sanctum of Sri Amravaneeshwarar in front facing the east and ambal Valambika on the right facing North
The outer praharam has bhikshandar, Adishankarar, Narthana ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy.
maha vishnu in the back
There are two separate shrines for murugan
In one the songs of arunagirinathar are sculpted
There is another Murugan shrine and one for gajalakshmi on the right
Durgai can be seen below
There is a seperate Suryan as well as a navagraha where in Suryan has his Samygna devi by his side . There is a bhairavar next to the suryan
The festivals celebrated in the temple.
Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November,
Tirukarthikai Deepan in November-December
Sri Adi Sankaracharya Jayanti in Vaikasi-May-June Temple's Speciality:
Sun God worships Lord Shiva in the temple in Panguni month –March-April by spreading His rays on the Lord.
There is no Dwaja sthambam in this temple