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221. Tirumangalakkudi


Location: Tirumangalakkudi near Kumbhakonam, Mayiladuturai
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Prananatheswarar
Ambal: Mangalambika
Vriksham: Ilava Maram
Theertham: Mangala Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Suryanaar Koyil and Kanjanur near Kumbhakonam. It is believed that this temple should be visited first before proceding to Suryanar Kovil enshrining the Nava Grahams. Tirumangalakkudi is considered to be the 38th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Parvati is said to have been relieved of a curse (wherein she had assumed the form of a parrot) here; this incident and the divine marriage are believed to have happened on Makara Sankaranti - hence Mangala Kshetram. A devotee of Shiva was brought back to life at this shrine, in response to please from his wife to Mangalanayaki. Sambandar is said to have arrived here after visiting Kanjanur and Tirumaanturai.

The Temple: A five tiered gopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with two prakarams covering an area of about 3 acres.   Murals depicting the stalapuranam are seen in the Ambal shrine. There are inscriptions dating back to the Pallavas, Raja Raja Chola and the Vijayanagar Emperors.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darisanam, Padinettaam Perukku, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri, Aadi Pooram and Skanda Sashti are the festivals celebrated here.

Click here to listen to a recording of Sambandar's kOLaru patikam by the author.

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