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 are the boons the devotees achieve by their prayers to the Lord and the Goddess in the temple.
This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the name of the Shiva here is “Prananatheswarar”. Of course Sakthi is also there in the temple without her there is no power for Shiva as per our mythology. The name of the Ambal here is “Mangalambikai”.
The Sthalapuranam for this temple goes like this In the Ancient age there was a King who was ruling this area near Tanjore-Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai(Mayavaram). The Minister of the King is a very devotional man and he was more than a regular devotee of Lord Shiva. He wants to construct a temple for Lord Shiva, but he doesn’t have money, so he took the money from the Tax which has been paid by the people and started the construction of the Lord Shiva Temple in Tirumangalakudi.when the contruction is in progress,
King comes to know that he has taken the money from the Tax. So he ordered his man to kill the minister (He ordered his man to do SiraSedham for the minister – Cutting of Head). Before the SiraSedham, the minister requested the persons to do his last rituals in the village where the temple is under construction. They agreed and the minister’s head has been cut off.
Upon hearing this news, Ministers wife urged to the temple in Tirumangalakudi, cried and prayed in front of Shakthi. She cried in front of Ambal sannidhi and told that the minister has taken the money for your temple construction and he is no more, and prayed to get her husband back. Lord Shakthi requested her husband Lord Shiva to bring him back as he was doing good things with the money and he has not used for himself. Lord Shiva and Lord Shakthi has been pleased with the immense devotion from the minister and his wife and they gave the life back to the Minister.
Since Lord Shiva has given the “Pranan”, which is the basis for life, to the Minister, he has been called as “Prananatheswarar” and since Ambal has given the TiruMangalyam back to the minister’s wife, she has been called as “Mangalambikai”.
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 for marriges but delayed should pray 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.
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.
The speciality here is Curd Rice Annadhanam which has been made to the people with Diseases like Venkustam and other Nervous problems. People will eat the prasadham which is the Curd Rice here in the Yerukkam Leaf. This will cure the peoples diseases.
How To Reach:
This temple is located in the Kumbakonam-Mayavaram route. We need to take a right from the Kumbakonam By Pass and you can enter the village Tirumangalakudi. Thirumangalakudi is 8 Kms. from Thirupanandal on the Chennai-Kumbakonam Road.