Presiding deity : Sangaranyeswarar
Goddess : Soundaryanayaki
Festival Lord: Somaskandar
Vinayakar : Vianayakar
Holy tree: Purasu
Holy water : Sangu theertham
Sung by: Thirugnanasambandar
Antiquity: 2500 years
Offer (Nivedhana) : Curd rice, pure plain rice
Scriptural name : Thalai Pathu Udayavar Koil
Women come here seeking boons for children. They undertake fasting here during the full moon days and consume a little sandalwood applied on the Goddess and pray to Her to bless them with a child.
The temple is in the shape of a conch (Sangu). Devotees get the Darshan of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma in a single Shiva temple here. The presiding deity and the Pradosha detity are housed separately. The richest of the world Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi receive the devotees at the entrance.
Kochengannan was the king who built a number of Shiva temples. He had built some temples with narrow entrance space in which elephants cannot enter. Sangaranyeswarar temple is one such.
One can see hairs on the presiding deity in lamp light pouring oil on the idol. It is also noteworthy that the temple is designed in the shape of Somaskanda – Shiva on the left, Muruga in the middle and Goddess Parvathi on the right. Thiruthalaichangadu is one among the Thiruvengadu, Thiruchaikadu, Thirumaraikadu and Thiruthalaiangadu. This Thalaichangadu temple is celebrated among the Sangaranyam, Swedaranyam, Vedaranyam, Vilvaranyam, Vadavaranyam temples.
Women devotees throng this temple mainly seeking boons for children. They submit their prayers to Mother Soundaryanayaki. They express their gratitude to the Goddess by adoring Her with sandalwood paste sooner they are blessed with a child.
The temple telephone No. 04364 – 280 757
Thalaichangadu is east of Mayiladuthurai at a distance of 22 Kms and north of Thirukadayur within 8 Kms. Lodgings are available in Mayiladuthurai and Thirukadayur.
All buses plying between Nagapattinam and Chennai pass through Thalaichangadu and also buses from Mayiladuthurai and Poompuhar also stop at Thalaichangadu. Nearest railway station is Mayiladuthurai and airport Trichy.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Laksharchana is performed during Skandasashti. Visakam festival during Vaikasi Tamil month (May-June) is celebrated grandly for five days.
It is in Thalaichangadu; Lord Vishnu performed Pujas to Lord Sangaranyeswara and got his Conch Panchajanyam to protect the world. There is a special house in the temple for Lord Vishnu.
It may be found from ancient Tamil literatures that people named places after plants and trees. Thalai + Sangu + Kadu shows that the place was full of Sangu flower plants. Sangu flower is considered especially important for Shiva Poojas. According to engravings found here, it is said that the name should have been derived from the Sangu plants.