Presiding deity: Prananadeswarar
Speciality: Exists of its own
Native tree: Kongu Ilavu
Reputation of the place:
Devotees set to Suriyanar Temple to worship the Sun God should visit this place for relief of adverse effects of the nine planets (Navagrahas). Women are blessed with full marital prosperity (Deerga Sumangali Bagyam), getting the Mangal Sutra from the blessingful hands of Mother Goddess are the glories of the temple. Relief from planetary problems, best marriage alliances, getting children, relief from enemy fears, relief from theft fears are the boons the devotees achieve by their prayers to the Lord and the Goddess in the temple.
The devotee, seeking relief from various problems, should offer Curd Rice for 11 Sundays continuously on the Vellerukku leaf and partake in the puja proceedings of the temple devotionally. This relieves him/her from all planetary afflictions.
GIRLS AWAITING MARRIAGES BUT DELAYED, SHOULD PRAY TO Mangalambika for five Fridays continuously are relieved of afflictions by the planets, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn paving way for early and happy settlement of an alliance. Here, the devotees offer Sarees, Mangal Sutra to the Goddess and also Vasthras to the God. They also offer Blouse bits, bangles, Kumkum, flowers, betel nuts, comb and Mangal Sutra thread to Five women seeking their blessings.
The devotees offer Abishek (bathing) to Lord Prananadeswarar with gingely oil, sweet powders, turmeric powder, panchamirta, honey, curd, fruits juices, tender coconut, sandal, sacred ash and also offer abishek to Kalasas and feed the devotees visiting the temple.
Speciality of the Temple:
Thirumangalakudi is known as Panchamangala Kshetra. The name of the place is Mangalakudi. The Goddess is Mangalambika. The tower is Mangala Vimanam. The Holy Water is Mangala Theertham. The Vinayaka is Mangala Vinayaka. Everything in the temple is but Mangala – Prosperity.
Lord Prananadeswara is a Swayambu exsisting of His own. Goddess is all blessingful. There is no special place for the Navagrahas here. It is believed that the the planets in the Suriyanar Temple are the ones belonging to this temple. It is in Thirumangalakudi temple that even the Planets got relieved of their curses. The Lord has three faces representing human, animal and birdis own forms, a rare one not found in other temples. Here, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Protector, Sage Agasthya, Sun, Akashvani, Mother Earth worshipped the Lord. There are two holy waters here called Chandra theertham and Suriya Theertham. There are two Nataraja Sannidhis here. This was renovated by Kualothunga Chozha in the 5th Century. The temple is administered by Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam.
Thirumangalakudi is 2 Kms far from Adhuthurai, 15 from Kumbakonam, Thirupandal 8, Thanjavur 55, and Trichy, 100 Kms. The devotees have accommodation facilities in Kumbakonam in the lodges, the charges ranging from Rs. 150 to Rs. 600. There are also Lodges in the district headquarters Thanjavur, Hotel Tamilnadu-phone 21421, 21024,21325 – Hotel Ganesh phone 22789 – Hotel Sangam phone 24895, Hotel Parisuddham, phone 212466 – Hotel Oriental Towers Phone 31467, charges ranging from 200 to Rs. 2000.
Thirumangalakudi is 8 Kms. from Thirupanandal on the Chennai-Kumbakonam Road. Conveyance available from Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai. One can reach Thirumangalakudi. easily from Thirupanandal and Aduthurai. Nearest Airport is Trichy.
Panguni Uthiram 10 days – Thirukalyanam on the second day of Brahmmotsavam is grandly celebrated. This is the most important festival of this temple. Sankatahara Chaturthi and Kruthikas are also observed. Bairava worship on the Astami (8th day from the full moon) is also observed. There will be huge crowd in the temple during the Pradosha days. Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New year days also are observed.
Minister Alaivanar was ordered to be beheaded by King Kulothunga in the 11th Century for building a temple from the revenues of the country without obtaining the his permission. The minister requested that he be cremated in Thirumangalakudi. His body was brought to the place as wished by him. His wife went to the Mangalambikai temple and sought the grace of the Goddess for getting back her husband which was responded by a sound from the air. The minister came alive. He went to the temple, embraced the Lord calling him Prananadeswara. As prosperity means a married life till the end (Mangalam) and as it was granted to the woman in distress, the Goddess is known as Mangalambika.