Friday, May 22, 2015

Thirumangalakudi Prananatheshwara Mangalambikai temple–A padalpetra sthalam

This is an ancient temple where the the Lord on the ambals wishes granted back life to a dead devotee.Lord Vishnu, Brahma,  Kali,Ambica, Akashavani, Bhooma Devi, Sage Agasthya and Sun God had worshipped in this temple.
The temple is praised as Pancha Mangala Kshetra. 
1) The name of the place is Thiru Mangala Kudi,
2) name of the Mother is Mangalambica,
3) the sacred spring is Mangala Theertham,
4) The Vimana –Mangala Vimana and
5) Lord Vinayaka is praised as Mangala Vinayaka, all auspicious. 
People visiting Suriyanar koil seldom visit this temple which is actually a sub temple of this main temple .
How to reach:
The temple is about 1 km from Suriyanar koil  off Aduthurai om the Kumbakonam mayiladuthurai road close to Kanjanur,Govindapuram
Legends of the temple:
The Navagrahas prevented leprosy to befall on Kalama Muni.  Angry Brahma cursed planets with that disease.  They came to this place, performed penance on the Swayambu Linga Shiva and got relieved of the curse.  So there is no Navagraha statues in this temple but are housed at Suriyanar koil.
A prime minister of the kingdom diverted funds to build this temple  when the king found out he ordered the person to be beheaded.When the body reached this place for cremation due to the fervent prayers of the deceased’s wife, goddess Mangalambikai restored the husband to life and gave mangalyam to the wife.
I visited at night hence the pics are not too clearIMG_20150520_184802_HDR
As you enter the first praharam Nandi is seen in the fore court
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The main praharam houses the Shivalingam who is tall, taller than the Avudiar(Pedestal). it is called a Baana lingam.The entrance is flanked by Lakshmi and saraswathi on either side . both are in Padmasana and Saraswathy is with out her veena.IMG_20150520_190446_HDR
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The Outer courtyard has the Koshta vigrahas and various sannidhis as belowIMG_20150520_185942_HDRIMG_20150520_185737_HDRIMG_20150520_185915_HDRIMG_20150520_185925_HDRIMG_20150520_190057
There are both Vishnu durga as well as Shiva durga both in this temple
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The Sthalavruksham is the silk cotton tree. The Erukka tree is also held in reverence here
The theerthams are Surya theertham in the well and the semi-circular Chandra theertham on the left
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There are peculiarVahanams here like the purushamrugamIMG_20150520_190549_HDRIMG_20150520_190542_HDR
The boodha and Boodhini vahanamIMG_20150520_190600
There is a statue for the Prime  minister and his wife

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The temple sells mangalasutras for 3 Rs.each which is much sought after with the mothers blessings