first Deity : Kalyanasundarar
Presiding deity : Uthvaganathar
Goddess : Gokhila
Holy tree : Karuoomathai
Holy spring : Sapthasagaram (seven seas)
Hymn : Thevaram
Scriptural name : Mananjeri
District : Nagapattinam
For remey from : Adverse effect of Rahu planet
Any marriage getting delayed or not materializing due to unforeseen obstacles is solved once the devotee visit the shrine and pray for happy ends. They have to offer a garland to Kalyanasundaraperuman and perform an Archana. They are not let down.
The shrine is also noted for remedies of adverse effects of Rahu planet in one’s horoscope. Childless parents are blessed with children.
Couples, brothers and sisters separated both physically and sentimentally, join back with all love and affection The shrine unites broken relations.
Presiding deity Uthvaganathar ensures mental peace, employment opportunity, business development, promotions to those coming to his doors.
Those expecting to be married visit the temple, offer Kalyanamalai (wedding garland) to Kalyananathar. After marriage they visit again and perform Archanas to the Lord.
Those in need of a child, have a bath in the Sapthasagara theertham, offer Milk pudding to planet Raghu and consume it as Prasad of the Lord. They also light lamps for planet Saturn with Dil Oil or ghee.
People also offer clothing, abishek with turmeric powder, cosmetic powders, fragrant oils. milk, curd, sacred ashes, rose water, tender coconut, panchamirtham, lime, honey, sandal etc. The nivedhana offered to the Lord are distributed to the visitors. The affluent offer liberal donations for the maintenance and renovation projects of the temple.
An exceptional speciality:
The devotee, whose marriage is getting delayed for reasons not known to himself/herself, has one thing to do and that is to visit the temple and place the problem at the feet of the Thirumanjeri Lord. The marriage takes place at the very earliest, a fact proved by experience.
The Kalyana Archanai (appeal for the wedding) is very famous in the temple. The applicant devotee has to visit the temple both before and after the marriage with two garlands, two coconuts and turmeric,kumkum, camphor, betelnuts,lime, sugar and sugar crystals.
After praying all the deities in the temple, the devotees sit in the vast parlour of the temple in two rows, those to be married and were married. The priest collects the puja items from the devotees and offer the same to the Lord. The Garlands offered to the Lord are offered back to the devotees. The married ones exchange it between themselves and for the to be married, the priest place the garlands on the devotees. Then the priest tells the devotees on how they should continue the puja through a mike.
The lime given should be consumed the next day by the devotee making juice of it. The lime symbolizes health, garland happiness, sacred ashes fulfillment of the desire, kumkum blessing of the Goddess of Wealth, turmeric indicating the good news and events. The marriage will take place. The blessed should revisit the temple with the garland given to him/her and complete the worship.
Boon for Children:
The devotee should offer puja, abishek in milk on the new moon day and offer Milk Porridge (Paalpayasam) as nivedhana to Rahu planet here. After offering it to Rahu, the devotee should consume it. They are not disappointed. After getting the child, the couple come back with the child and offer anklets to Bhagwan Rahu. Some people offer bells and some bring Lamps (Kuthuvilakku). Many offer contributions in the hundi.
Cupid (Manmatha) was relieved of the curse of Lord Shiva here. He thought as the Lord of passions, he could kindle such feelings in Lord Shiva too and applied his flower arrows.on him. Disturbed at the interference to his Dhyana, Lord Shiva cast an angry look on the cupid which burnt him. Responding to his apologies, the Lord granted him grace from this temple only.
Therezhundur is a place connected with Thirumanjeri where the Goddess was wandering in the form of a cow. In Komal, Vishnu was grazing the cows. The Lord acknowledged the footprint of the cow (the goddess) and offered salvation in Thiruvaduthurai. InThirunthuruthi (Kuthalam) Uma appeared in the Yagna performed by Bharatha Maharishi. The Lord had the Kankanadharana (something like rakshabandan – here for a marriage) at Thiruvelvikudi, Palika sthapana in Kurumulaipalai, receiving at Ethirkolpadi, he tied the wedding knot to the Goddess.
Fame of Thirumanjeri:
This is a place for ensuring marriage proposals that are delayed due to many reasons. A wedding soil-Kalyana Kshetram. The cupid got back his life. Noted for relief from the adverse effects of planet Rahu. Rahu planet, generally headless and known as Dragon’s tail, is in full form in Thirumananjeri temple. There are no Navagrahas in the temple. The Goddess is seen here in a wedding pose with a shyness natural to the bride.
Besides Karu Oomathai, Vanni and Kondrai are also the holy trees. The sapathasagara theertha is the garland made of the seven seas adoring the Lord. The place is sung in the Thevaram hymns of Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.
Thirumanjeri is 18 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 75 from Nagapattinam. Those coming to the place may stay in lodges in Kumbakonam or Mayiladuthurai, charges ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500. Hotel Tamilnadu is a good lodging in the district head quarters of Nagapattinam charges ranging from Rs, 200 to Rs. 500.
Thirumanjeri is situated on the Mayiladuthurai-Kumbakonam route, 5 kms northwest of Kuthalam bus stand. Cabs and other vehicle can be hired from Kuthalam. Bus conveniences are also available. Nearest Railway stations are Mayiladuthurai and Kuthalam. Airport Trichy.
Wedding Festival in the month of Chithirai (April-May) on Poosa star day for three days celebrated with great splendour. Adipura, Thiruvadhirai, Thirukarthikai are observed. Monthly pradosha days draw huge crowd of devotees. Deepavali, Tamil and English New year days and Pongal are celebrated with special pujas.
While at Mount Kailash, Umadevi expressed her desire to Lord Shiva that they should be married again as a celebration. The Lord also agreed but he did not say when and where. An impatient Umadevi began to be indifferent to the Lord, who in turn cursed her to be born a cow on earth. Umadevi, seeking a remedy was wandering in many places and was worshipping the Lord. One day, the Lord was pleased with the milk bath given by the Cow-Goddess and embracing of the feet, appeared in the flames of the Yaga performed by Bharatha Maharishi and married the Mother in Thirumanjeri, say the puranas.