How to reach:
About 5 kms away from the manthurai temple as you reach Lalgudi there is a left turning with a big board announcing the route to the temple. Travel 4 kms in this narrow village road and you will reach the temple. The same road takes you to Nagar temple in another 1 Km which is also one of the old Sivastalams around Lalgudi. Visiting manthurai, Nagar, Anbil, Tirumangalam and Saptharishi temple in Lalgudi in one day is considered auspicious. All are ancient and built by the Cholas more than 2000 years ago.
Legend of the temple:
Sri Parashurama prayed to the lord here to be absolved of the sin of hacking his mother.
Goddess Lakshmi worshiped Shiva here hence the place is called Thiru mangalam
Chandikeswarar worshiped Shiva here to get rid of Pithru hathi dosha for killing his father, and attained moksham.
Saint Jaimuni classified and interpreted Sama Veda in the precincts of this temple.
Thiru anayana nayanar was born here and attained moksha here. He had the job of taking care of the temple cattle. He was an exquisite flute player and mesmerised all with his bhakthi.. A statue of the Nayanar is seen inside along with that of other nayanmars who visited the temple. .
Sundarar,Nambianda nambigal and Sekkhiar also have sung about this lord so it is a padal petra sthalam.
There is a beautiful multi stepped natural waterfall near by called gaya phalguni river created by Shiva himself in response to a prayer by a rishi.Ravikuravi
As you enter the huge temple complex you can see three praharams
There are exquisite carvings on the pilars
The three praharas are well seen here above
The main sannidhi here is the sivan sannidhi where the lingam is facing east.
The ambal sannidhi is in the second praharam facing south
The kosta vigrahas are all unique.There is a Bhikshandar and a fruit laden Sthala vruksham
Dakashina moorthy is here with abhaya mudra. that is right hand showing benediction
The back has shankara Narayanan
Lingam worshipped by Parashurama is also here
Subramanya swamy is known as Kalyana Subramanyar. As a unique thing, we can see Valli on peacock with Subramanya and Devayanai standing beside her. Arumuga peruman is seen with six faces and four hands as a shatru samhara moorthy. .
There is a gajalakshmi sannidhi next to the murugan sannidhi
Durga here is Vishnu Durgai on Simha vahana.and not on the mahishasura Hence is a shanta durga.
The Nayanmars are all represented here so also Chandikeshwarar
Bhairavar and Kala bhairavar are also special here. The Vibhuti prasadam from the Bhairavar is said to cure many ills. it should be taken and applied without speaking.They are seen below
Next to the bhairavar/Kala bhairavar is Suryan in the red vastram . Next to him is Sanishwara The Crow of Sanishwara here is facing north hence he is known to help in retrieving losses in land, business etc.,.
This temple is a parihara sthalam for Doshas incurred from neglecting ancestors as seen by Parashurama, Chandikeshwara, You can get cured of ills by the Bhairavar here. You can retrieve losses by prayers to Sanishwara here.
Adhikara Nandiwith his spouse
The temple legends