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Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

25. Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - North of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Uthvakanatha Swamy, Sri Arulvallanatha Swamy, Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar
Name of Goddess : Sri Kokilambal
Holy water (Theertham) : Saptha Sagaram.
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : Karu Oomathai.
Thevaram : Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. and from 03:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m.

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This is the 25th sthalam on the northern side of river Cauvery. This temple has got the Thiru Ganasambandar and Appar Devara Pathikam. It is firmly believed even today that those men and women whose marriages are getting delayed due to various circumstances, will soon get married if they come to this Sthalam and worship God Shiva. Manmadhan is believed to have worshiped God Shiva at this sthalam. The shrine of Thirumananjeri is closely associated with legends that tell the story of Shiva's marriage to Parvati.

The temple is crowded at all times of the year, showing the importance of marriage in our community. One is supposed to offer special prayers to the lord, after which we are given the garlands worn by the god and goddess. We are supposed to keep this carefully till we get married, and then after the marriage, come back to the temple with one’s spouse, wearing the same garlands, and once again offer prayers as thanksgiving.

3 day Chithirai wedding festival of Lord is grandly celebrated in April-May on the Poosam star day when the whole place will be in a wedding mood. The devotee crowd in the temple is huge on Pradosha days each month, Aadi Pooram in July-August, Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Tirukarthikai in November-December are other festivals celebrated in the temple. Special pujas are performed on Deepavali in October-November, Pongal almost falling on January 14 and Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14.

History / Legend:

This temple is located 6 Kms from Kutthalam. Thirumanancheri is one among the popular temples of Lord Shiva, where He is devotedly worshiped as Kalyanasundareswarar and His consort, mother Parvati as Kokilaambal. The lord in Sanskrit is also called as Uthvaanganathar. In Tamil they are addressed as 'Arul Vallal' and 'Kuyilinmenmozhiammai'. Thirumanancheri temple is where the divine marriage of Shiva and Parvati took place, and today, people flock to this temple, praying for an early marriage, thanking the lord for their marriage, and praying for children. Thirumanancheri is about 6 Kms from Kuttalam, and about 12 Kms from Kanjanur and in the town of Kuttalam, about 26 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Mayiladudurai.

This temple is constructed by Chola Queen Sembiyanmadevi during Chola Dynasty. Its being referred Thevara song by the Gnanasambandhar and Thirunavukarasar. This story behind God and Goddess took birth in this earth and wedded, once God Udhvaganathar got angry and cursed Kokilambal and she incarnates the daughter of Bharatvajrishi and married Lord.

Parvati once expresses her desire to have the experience of an earthly wedding to Shiva. This story is believed to be in fulfillment of this wish expressed by her. A dispute in Mount Kailash occured over a game of chess. In accordance with the verdict of Shiva, Parvati recedes to an earthly life and amidst her wandering reaches a place called Komal, where Lord Vishnu assumes a form of a cowherd to take care of his sister. He releases her from the clutch of the curse in a place called 'Thiruvaaduthurai' and Parvati sheds her assumed cow's form and takes Her normal form in 'Kuthaalam' in the sacrificial fire of Sage Bharata Muni. Shiva and Parvati then unite in marriage in Thirumanancheri. Shiva is also called as 'Sonavaararivaar' for keeping up His word.

God Vishnu, upset over the events, wanted to reconcile the couple. He went to Shiva to justify his case. Shiva told Vishnu about Parvati's wish to experience a wedding on earth and assured Vishnu that all events would lead to that end. He also told Vishnu to take the cow to bathe in the Cauvery so she could regain her original form. Vishnu did so and soon Parvati was herself again.

Parvathi was then instructed to go and live as the daughter of Bharata Muni, a saint living nearby. The story goes that Bharata Muni approached Shiva for his hand in marriage to Parvati, thereby granting her wish that she be married on earth.

Udhvaganathar looks as groom in this moolasthanam and Ambal is bride, God and Goddess exhibits their view of newly married couple status in the south prakaram. Mangala Ragu God exhibits his view of with his full body near Lord Durgadevi in the north prakaram. This scene are giving significance of this temple. In this place Rathi and Manmathan join together. By grace of lord Uthvaganathar Rathi gets Mangalya Pitchai it's hightly belived who ever adorn with garland to the Lord Udhvaganathar and Goddess Kokilambal are relieved from their curse and sin besides gets wedding in an earlier stage.

It is a holy place where the God and Goddes weds. Goddess Arulmigu Kokilambal born as a cow due to the curse of God Uthvaganathasamy. The cow then born as a daughter of saint Bharatwaja Rishi by worship the God Uthvaganathar. Then she chosen the Lord as her husband and got married as per the local ceremonies and formalities in this place. They have not set eyes on each other but they had set their hearts union.

The both present themselves as divine couples, stand with monarc on the south side of the temple, and blessing the devotees. The unmarried bribe and groom devotees who pray the divine couples for the arrangement of their marriage and the same will be settled by the Divine couples at an earliest possible by removing the obstructions which causes for the delayed marriage.

The Lord Kalyanasundarar stands as bridegroom and blessing the devotees. The Goddess Kokilambal seen the foot steps of the Lord by bowing her head with shyness. We can see such as glorious scenes only at this place.

And also the Lord gave 'Mangalya Pichai' to the 'Rathi Devi' and combined the both 'Manmathan and Rathi Devi' in this place.

The Durgai Amman stands in the north side of the Goddess Kokilambal facing north direction. And the 'Raghu Bhagavan' who gave graces for the birth of child stands in the left side.

It is an eye faced truth that the devotees who pray the Lord by offering garlands to the divine couples for wedding ambition the eternal couples bless the devotees with grace to attain their ambition with in a short period after their prayers.

This temple is constructed by Chola Queen Sembiyanmadevi during Chola Dynasty. Its being referred Thevara song by the Gnanasambandhar and Thirunavukarasar. This story behind God and Goddess took birth in this earth and wedded, once God Udhvaganathar got angry and cursed Kokilambal and she incarnates the daughter of Bharatvajrishi and married Lord.

The unmarried youths and Ladies should pray the divine couples with whole hearted by offering Garlands to the devotees. Then the obstacles stands for the delayed marriage will be solved by removing the hindrances and their marriage will be settled at an earliest possible by the grace of the divine couples.

After marriage the married couples should come once again to this place and complete their prayer by worshiping the Lord Kalyanasundarar.

The married couples who were separated from their married life for various reasons may also come and pray the Lord Kalyanasundara for their unity. This kind of prayer is also conducted in this temple.

Every month during New moon day(Amavasai) only in front of 'Raghu Bhagavan' sanctum from morning 8 a.m To 1 p.m. prayers will be conducted for the birth of a child to the married couples. The married couples to the present on the auspicious day by offering garlands to the 'Raghu Bhagavan' and should take part in the prayer for the fulfillment of their ambition.

In this temple there is no 'Raghu Kalam', Emagandam, Ashtami and Navami thithis. In all days the devotees may take part in the devotional prayers.

Arulmigu Uthvaganathasamy Temple is a holy shirine of Lord Kalyanasundarar. This temple is facing East. As soon as we enter the Sanctum after leaving Rajagopuram Lord GAnapathi has embodied himself. Then we can see Thuvajasthambam, Balipeedam, Mahanandhi and Mandapam(Great Hall)

After leaving Kattagopuram Varasihi Vinayagar bestow hiw good will infront of Vinayagar Shobana Manadpam.

Inside the sanctum Arulmighy Sri Uthvaganathar (Arulvallanathat) bestows his Goodwill in a beautiful manner in Thuvara Mandapam with Thuvara Balagar and Nandhi.

In Niruththa Mandapam Sherr Natarajar Bestows his goodwill in a dancing exposure. In front of Natarajar in the south Praharam Lord Kalyanasundarar stands by embodied the Goddess Ambigai with a laughing expose facing east. The Kalyana Sundarar is the king of monarc and Hero of Lord in the temple.

After getting their good wishes shree Kokilambal Ambigai Sitting in Suhasanam poisture as a bride in the wedding platform. It is a great feast to our eyes to look after and worship the Goddess.

When we enter to the Inner Praharam we can see the sanctum of four dieties of Samayakkuravar's who propagate salvate in this country in front of the Natarajar Sabai.

In the South side of the Devakushtam Pichadanar, Balaganapathi, Natarajar, Dakshinamoorthi in a yoga poisture were found. In the west side Lingothpavar, and in North side Brahman, RAghuBhagan and Sri Durga have been installed ina seperate sanctum.

In the Kannaimoolai a beautiful Lord vinayagar sannadhi in the western side Karuvarai along with Upaya Nachiar Lord Mahavishnu, Lakshmi sannadhi and also the Idols of Baharatha Maharishi, Sembian Madevi, Mallappa Naicker were installed in the four directions of Karuvarai.

In the east Thirumalai row the following Idols were installed they are shree Saneeswara Bhagavanm Pachaiyappa Nathar, Rudravaneswarar, Pachaiammai and Nayagi Rudravaneswari.

In general this temple is having so many immortal and rate deities to worship and pray for the grant of mercy and blessings of Lords for the Good will of devotees in all aspects in fulfill their ambition.

Marriage Delay Pooja Procedure In Temple:

Buy archana thattu/bag INSIDE the temple, not in the outside shops though shopkeepers will keep pestering you.

Buy Archana tickets inside the temple in the counter:

For marriage parihara archana, for which you get a full set of items needed for pariharam including garlands.

Buy ghee dheepam thattu near the archana counter, not outside. If possible, take original ghee from home since ghee sold there may be dalda. Clay lamps are available there (or we can take from home).

Unmarried spouse should buy one set of archanai thattu/bag; there are two places where you can buy this thattu; there are ten shops just outside the temple which sell this thattu for boys and for girls [manjal kayiru is added] containing 2 garlands, 2 coconuts, one lemon, vetrilai paaku, kalkandu; the same thattu is available inside the temple also at Govt (HR&CE Dept)-fixed price sold by an HR&CE employee; always buy it inside the temple in Tanjore temples; there is local politics in selling these thattu at double the price; the shopkeepers outside tell you that the ones available inside are ‘used’ ones which is NOT true according to the authorities and is just a marketing gimmick; HR&CE is unable to do anything about this practice since the shopkeepers have local support; one more alternative is to buy everything at Tanjore or Kumbakonam where you halt overnight; garlands also can be bought there since ALL types of flowers including December Poo are acceptable at Thirumananjeri; Rs.15-20 per garland should suffice since all garlands are collected and redistributed and most probably what you get will not be your own garland.

Step-1: Go into the temple; you will see Selva Ganapathy on the left; pray him first.

Step-2: Then pray Lord Shiva (Sri Uthvaganatha Swami) and go to (Parvathi) Amman Sannithi on the right. Meenakshi Amman here appears as a 13-year old Kokilambal, head slanted to her right, with three bends (“naanikkoni’). This posture is before her marriage.

Step-3: On the left side of this huge Main mandapam is the most important Kalyana Sundareswarar Sannithi and Mandapam. Enter the mandapam and turn left; light the ghee deepams here, right opposite to the Kalyana Sundareswarar Sannithi (but do not light Raghu dosham’s deepams here; Mangala Raagu has a separate place for ghee dheepams); Kalyana Sundareswarar deities are in marriage kolam; Meenakshi is on his right looking at the floor in kalyana kolam; hence married girls should always stand on the right hand side of the groom during all auspicious functions; the priests perform the rituals here to remove our marriage obstacles. Details are given below.

Step-4: As soon as you light the dheepams, wait for the next batch; only girls and boys concerned are seated inside the enclosure and those accompanying should sit around this enclosure; couples who come after marriage to complete the rituals (and the parents of boys/girls who are unable to come in person also can sit inside the enclosure; if you are parent(s) inform the priest as soon as you enter the enclosure).

The priests brief you first regarding the Do’s and Don’ts; then collect all the garlands and the archana tickets first; they keep all garlands at the feet of the god, return one garland each to the spouse to be worn; [parents must keep it in their hands]; sangalpam is done and the thattu is taken away; [parents should tell the boy/girl’s gothram/name/star and not theirs]; archana follows, coconuts are broken, thattus are returned after aarthi as usual; drop Rs.10 or Rs.20 in the plate (thattu) for the priests.

Do’s and Don’ts as informed by priests here:

Vibuthi, kumkum (plus manjal for girls) are to be used, after prayers, for one mandalam (45 days or till they last) by the boys/girls only and NOT by others in the family.

Lemon should be drunk, without adding salt or sugar, by the boys/girls only and NOT by others; the next morning after bathing the boy/girl should pray wearing this garland and then drink the lemon juice with a little water.

Then retain the garland in a cloth bag (manjal pai), not in plastic bag, till marriage is over and come again with spouse; the same garland is finally put in the temple tank here.

Coconuts can be used by the entire family for cooking.

Step-5: After these rituals at the Kalyana sundareswarar sannithi, go and pray Shiva again. Normally no separate archana is done here.

Step-6: Pray Raagu. Mangala Raagu here in the north of inner praharam is special for puthira dosha nivarthi; normal ghee dheepam available near Raagu, should be lit only by the boy or the girl or one of the parents if the boy/girl has not come;

Full procedure for Puthira dosha pariharam: take bath in the thirukkulam nearby on amavasai day and take paal payasam for puthira bagyam; childless couple should offer ghee which is returned as prasadam which is to be taken at night for 48 days by the couple.

Location: This temple is located 6 Kms from Kutthalam. Kutthalam is situated on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam bus route. Town bus services to Tirumananjeri is available from Mayiladuthurai. By engaging an auto at Kuththalam, one can visit all the 4 temples viz., Tiruthuruthi, Tiruvelvikudi, Tiruedhirkolpadi and Tirumananjeri easily within half a day.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmighu Arulvallal Nathar Temple
Tirumananjeri Post
Kuththalam S.O.
Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Nagapattinam District
PIN 609813
Phone: +91-04364-235002

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Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Udhvaganathar Temple, Thirumanancheri, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

24. Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - North of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Irathavareeswarar, Sri Madhyaneswarar
Name of Goddess : Sri Sugunth Gunthalambigai, Sri Malar Kuzhal Maadhu
Holy water (Theertham) : Iravadha Theertham.
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : -
Thevaram : Sundarar - 1
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

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This is the 24th sthalam on the northern side of river Cauvery. Sundarar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Ethirkolpadi is where Shiva was received by Bharatha Maharshi with the Poornakumbham, when he arrived for the marriage. However, this place has an earlier legend too, according to which, Airavata, the white elephant of Indra prayed to Shiva at this place. Hence, the main deity is called Airavateswarar and his consort is Malar Koozhal Nayaki.

It is believed that the Rajagopuram of the temple was built earlier by Mallappa Naicker. Presently it is a three tier structure facing east. Entering into the temple, there are the Balipeeta and the Kodimaram-flag post. Mother’s shrine is on the right of the front Mandap. Ambika is small in stature in a sitting posture. Presiding deity is just opposite. Lord Muruga, Naalvar the four Saivite saints, Mother Gajalakshmi, Lord Kala Bhairava and Sani Bagwan shrines are in the prakara. Lords Bikshadanar, Balaganapathi, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthi, Lingodhbava, Brahmma, planet Rahu and Mother Durga are in the goshta walls.

History / Legend:

Indira the king of Devas arrogantly neglected the garland presented to him by Sage Duruvasa. The garland was the one offered to Lord Shiva in pujas. His Iravadham elephant too was equally indifferent as its master. Angry Sage cursed Indira that his head would be chopped off by a weapon in the hands of Pandya king. Shocked and trembling, Indira sought the pardon of the sage. The sage said his crown would fall down saving his head.

Iravadham came down to earth and wandered among many places worshipping Lord Shiva and finally got relieved of the curse in this place. As Iravadha worshipped Lord Shiva here, He is praised as Iravada Easwarar. Mother is worshipped as Sugantha Kundalambika and Malar Kuzhal Nayaki in Tamil. Indira too got back his position. Don’t change your mind, be determined to worship Lord at Ethirkolpadi” says Saint Sundarar in his celebrated hymns. It is noteworthy that that the Bhakti relationship between Lord Shiva and Sundarar was as one between bosom friends. As Iravadham worshipped here, the sanctum sanctorum is vast enough that an elephant can enter in it. People organize wedding receptions in the temple hoping that the couple would be close to each other as Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi.

Sage Bharatha, as head priest, conducted the wedding of Lord and Mother at Tiruvelvikudi and invited them to his place Tirumananjeri. He arranged a grand reception to the divine couple. He welcomed (Ethir Kollal in Tamil) the divine couple with due honours. Hence, the place is named as Ethirkol Padi. Presently it is known as Melakoil.

Majority of the devotees pray for recovery of things lost, restoration of positions lost, those suffering from stomach problems and those for recovery of losses in business and facing delays in wedding matters. It is believed that Lord would relieve them from their sufferings as He did in the case of Indira and his Iravatha elephant.

Location: This sivasthalam temple is located very near to another paadal petra sthalam Tirumananjeri. Tiruedhirkollpaadi is known to local people as Melai Tirumananjeri. Bus services to Tirumananjeri is available from Mayiladuthurai. By engaging an auto at Kuththalam, one can visit all the 4 temples viz., Tiruthuruthi, Tiruvelvikudi, Tiruedhirkolpadi and Tirumananjeri easily within half a day.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmighu Airavatheswarar Temple
Melai Tirumanancheri
Tirumanancheri Post
Kuththalam S.O.
Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Nagapattinam District
PIN 609813
Phone: 04364 - 235 487

Glimpse Of Sri Airavatheswarar Temple:

Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Airavatheswarar Temple, Thiru Edhirkolpadi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples

23. Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai (Chola Nadu - North of Kaveri):

Names of God : Sri Gowthageeswarar, Sri Kalyanasundareswarar, Sri Manavaaleeswarar
Name of Goddess : Sri Parimala Sugantha Nayagi, Sri Kouthakesinarumchanthu Nayagi
Holy water (Theertham) : Mangala Theertham.
Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) : -
Thevaram : Sambandar, Sundarar
District : Nagapattinam.
Location : Mayiladuthurai.
Timings : 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

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This is the 23rd sthalam on the northern side of river Cauvery. This temple has got Thiruganasambandar and Sundarar Devara Pathikam. The temple is not a huge one as the temples around this village. It is a medium one with 3 tiers Gopuram (main entrance structure). Tiruvelvikkudi temple has 2 prakarams, an inner one and an outer one. A prakaram is an outer part to the Sanctum (the holy shrine where the deities are installed). This can be a closed one or an open one. While many temples have a closed one, some are having open prakaram or pragaram and some will have partially closed one. The Prakaram will have a path for circumambulation (walk around the shrine) for the devotees. It will also have normally at least a partially closed (wall and roof but not fully enclosed) place for doing namaskarams (prostrations), chanting stotras, cooking the offerings to the deities, dress chanting place for the Archaks (priests, poojaris), an office or counters for offering/prasad tickets etc. In addition to this prakaram there is also an outer pragaram (outer pathway around the temple complex) which is open around the prakaram around the shrine.

The outer walls of the sanctum have the carved images of the sub deities of the temple, Lord Ganapathy, Agasthya Maharishi, Dakshinamurthy (an aspect of Lord Siva representing the planet Guru - Jupiter), Lingodhbhavar (manifestation as Linga the symbol of Lord Siva), Chandrasekharar (Lord Siva with the crescent moon) and Ardhanareeswar (half woman and half man form of the Lord Siva symbolizing the unity of Siva and Sakti (power – energy). The temple walls have the inscriptions from the periods of Sembian, Mahadevi, Rajaraja and Parantaka Cholas.

Tiruvelvikkudi means thiru (a salutation attached to divine or holy or great personalities) velvi (wedding or marriage) kudi (house, dwelling place, temples). The temple place where a holy marriage took place. Whose marriage was that, that took place here? The earthly marriage of Lord Shiva as Kalyanasundarar and goddess Parvathy (goddess Uma) as Parimalasugandha Nayaki was the one referred. Kalyanasundarar means handsome personality in marriage attire. Parimalasugandha Nayaki means the great fragrant female personality. Parimala and sugandha means same thing as fragrance, scent.

History / Legend:

Though the name suggests that the marriage of the Lord Kalyana Sundarar (Siva) and goddess Parimalasugandha Nayaki (Uma) took place here, the marriage was performed at a nearby place called Thirumananjeri. However, the pre wedding Vedic rituals mainly of Homa related to wedding were done in the place Tiruvelvikkudi for the marriage of the divine couple – the Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathy. A temple was built in the place as it was sanctified by the Homa done which purified this place. Those who built the temple wanted the benefit of the divinity of the place to be available to all devotees who come here to offer worship. This is one of the ancient Siva temples in whose honour praising songs were composed and sung by the great Siva devotees Sambandar and Sundarar who along with about 64 are known as the ‘Nayanmar’. Naturally the main deities of this temple are the Kalyanasundarar and Parimalasugandha Nayaki.

As the place has the reputation of being the wedding venue of Lord, there is no shrine for Navagrahas the nine planets. Instead, Lord Himself is sitting the Easanya –northeast corner. Those facing delays in marriage due to planetary adversities, pray here lighting 48 lamps for relief.

Location: This temple is located near Tirumananjeri, another padal petra sthalam. It is situated at a distance of 5 Kms from Kutthalam which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam road. Bus services to Tiruvelvikkudi and Tirumananjeri are available from Mayiladuthurai. By engaging an auto at Kuththalam, one can visit all the 4 temples viz., Tiruthuruthi, Tiruvelvikudi, Tiruedhirkolpadi and Tirumananjeri easily within half a day.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmighu KalyanaSundareswarar Temple
Tiruvelvikudi
Kuththalam Post
Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Nagapattinam District
PIN 609801
Phone: 04364 - 235 462

Glimpse Of Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple:

Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples
Sri Kalyana Sundarar Temple, Thiruvelvikkudi, Mayiladuthurai - 275 Shiva Temples