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Sri Udhvaganathar temple
 
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Moolavar: Udhvaganathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Gokhila
  Thala Virutcham: Karu Oomathai
  Theertham: Saptha Sagaram
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirumananjeri
  City: Tirumananjeri
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  The Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.  This is the 25th Lord Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  3 day Chithirai wedding festival of Lord is grandly celebrated in April-May on the Poosam star day when the whole place will be in a wedding mood. The devotee crowd in the temple is huge on Pradosha days each month, Aadi Pooram in July-August, Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Tirukarthikai in November-December are other festivals celebrated in the temple. Special pujas are performed on Deepavali in October-November, Pongal almost falling on January 14 and Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  It is a grand darshan to see Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi with their hands together in Wedding Form.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Udhavaganathar Temple, Tirumananjeri-609 801, Nagapattinam district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 - 4364 - 235 002 
    
 General Information:
     
 

There is no Navagraha-9 planets shrine in the temple.  Mother is in Her separate shrine with a shy face as a bride.  Beside Karu Oomathai, Vanni and Kondrai are also the sacred trees of the temple.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

The grace of Lord Kalyanasundara Peruman  is specially felt by the devotees whose weddings are unusually delayed.  They pray to Lord with garlands and archanas.  Those afflicted with adverse aspects of serpent planets Rahu and Ketu pray here for relief.  Devotees pray for child boon.  Couples, warring brothers pray here for re-union.

 

Devotees pray to Lord Udhvaganathar seeking mental peace and freedom from various miseries in life.  They also seek job opportunities, promotions and progress in trade.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Those awaiting marriage offer Kalyana Malai-wedding garlands with archanas. After realizing their wish, they come back and worship with garlands and archanas. Those seeking child boon bathe in the Saptha Sagaram sacred spring and offer Milk Pudding nivedhana to Rahu planet. They also light oil or ghee lamps in Sani Bhagwan shrine. Devotees offer vstras to Lord Udhvaganathar and perform abishek with flour, turmeric, cosmetic powders and oil, milk, curd, sacred ash-vibhuti, green coconut, panchamirtham a mixture of five ingredients, lime, honey, sandal etc. They also offer nivedhanas to Lord and distribute the same to the devotees. Those who can afford, contribute for renovations of the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The temple is known over the world for wedding prayers.  Any obstacle in the way disappears, it is believed.  Kalyana archana is very famous in this temple which the devotee performs both before and after marriage offering two coconuts, two garlands, turmeric, kumkum, camphor, betel nuts, lime fruit, sugar and sugar candy an important item in in marriage functions.

 

After worshipping at the shrines of all deities, devotees sit in two rows in the hall before Lord Kalayana Sundarar shrine, one seeking wedding boon, the other blessed with the boon.  The priest collects the puja materials from the devotees and performs the archanas.  He gives back garlands to the devotees.  Couples exchange it between themselves and to those awaiting marriage, the priest himself places it on the devotee.  The priest will then give instructions to the devotees as to what should they do next.

 

It is said that the lime fruit offered to the devotee ensures health to the devotee, the garland the happiness, vibhuti to bless his/her wish, kumkum the blessing of Mother Mahalakshmi and the turmeric all auspiciousness.  Devotees keep the garland in their houses with reverence.  They make juice of the lime and consume it the next day before food.  After the marriage takes place, the devotee should bring back the old garland and return it to Lord Kalyanasundarar and thus complete the course of worship.

 

Child boon:  Devotees come to the temple on new moon day.  Planet Raghu Bhagwan blesses here in full human form with ear rings and ornaments.  Milk abishek with milk porridge (Pal Payasam in Tamil) as nivedhana are offered to the deity.  It is believed that consuming this puja milk porridge would reward the devotee with a child.  After the birth of the child, male or female, devotees offer different anklets and a bell to the planet.  They also place contributions in the hundi.

 

Manmatha the cupid was burnt by the fire from the forehead eye of Lord Shiva when Lord was in meditation.  This happened at a place called Tirukurukkai.  He honestly realized his folly and sought the pardon of the Lord.  He was restored to life by the grace of Lord in this place.

 

Tirumananjeri enjoys special significance in the religious history of Tamilnadu as it is linked with the history of other Shiva kshetras.  Ambica came to Therezhundur as a cow due to a curse of Lord Shiva.  Lord Vishnu played shepherd in Komal.  At Tirukulambam Lord Shiva accepted a scar of the cow’s feet on His chest.  Lord Shiva granted salvation to the cow at Tiruvaduthurai.  At Tirundhuruthi-also called Kuttalam Mother Uma came from the yajna fire performed by Sage Bharatha.

 

Tiruvelvikudi, Kumulaipalai, Ethirkolpadi are the places where preparations for Shiva-Parvathi wedding took place.  At Tirumananjeri the grand divine wedding – Shiva Parvathi Kalyanam – took place, according to stories.  Tirumananjer is a place of marriage celebrations each day-Nitya Kalyana Kshetra.  This is also the place for Raghu worship.  He is in his full human form wearing ear rings and ornaments.  The sacred spring Saptha Sagaram (seven seas) is considered the garland that came for Lord’s wedding, according to beliefs.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Mother Uma expressed Her desire to Lord Shiva that she wished to have another wedding occasion with him and enjoy the celebration pleasure.  Lord gladly agreed but was delaying the decision.  Displeased with His indifference, Mother too began to be indifferent with Him.  Angry Shiva cursed Her to be born a cow on earth.  Cow Uma wandered here and there in many places worshipping the Lord for relief.   Lord Shiva was cooled with the pouring of the milk of Cow Uma and also accepted a scar of the feet of the cow on His chest.  He agreed to marry Her again as she wished.  Mother Uma came in Her divine form from the yajna fire of Sage Bharatha.  Lord married Her at Tirumananjeri, according to Sthala Puranas.

 
     
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