275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirumangalakkudi Sri Prananatheswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirumangalakkudi/Panchamangala Kshetram is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu.   This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva famous for its stunning architectural and craftsmanship.  The temple inscriptions reveal the contribution made by the Kings of Chola, Pallava and Emperors of Vijayanagara Kingdom.   In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.


Presiding deity – Sri Prananatheswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Mangalambikai,


Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar


Vimanam – Mangala Vimanam


Theertham – Mangala Theertham, Chandra Theertham, Surya Theertham,


Sthalavruksham – Kongu, Ilavu, Vellerukku,


Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha/Mangala Vinayaka, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai,  Maragatha Lingam, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Goddess Sri Saraswathi, Lord Nataraja & Goddess Sivakami, Goddess Durga, Cauvery, Goshtamurtham – Goddess Vishnu Durga,


Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram Brahmostavam, Thiru Karthikai,  Navaratri, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Makara Sankranti, Pournami, Amavasya, Adi Pooram, Thai Utsavam, Markazhi Utsavam,


Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Kali, Bhoodevi, Sage Agastya, Navagrahas,



The legend has that Sage Kanva as a Trikala Gnani could foresee his future. He was horrified to know that before long he would be afflicted with leprosy. Sage Kanva earnestly prayed to the Navagrahas who had the foremost influence on the destiny of one’s life and underwent severe austerities. Navagrahs were pleased at the devotion of Sage Kanva and protected from the happening of the terrible illness. Hence, Sage Kanva was liberated from the menace and reshaped his destiny. Lord Brahma was came to know about the boon provided by the Navagrahas and cursed them. Soon, Navagrahas were afflicted with leprosy; they approached Lord Brahma and pleaded for forgiveness. Lord Brahma advised the nine planets to undergo austerities and worship Lord Prananatheswara and his consort Goddess Sri Mangalambika at Thirumangalakkudi that would eradicate the sin committed.  Navagrahas faithfully followed the divine instruction of Lord Brahma and got rid of the curse.


Another legend has that Alaivanar, the minister of King Kulothunga Chola was a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva.  He utilized the entire revenue collected for the construction of a stunning temple for Lord at Thirumangalakkudi, without obtaining sanction from the King.  Later, King Kulothunga Chola came to know about the disrespectful act of Alaivar and ordered to take away his life as a punishment for breach of trust.   Alaivar expressed his intense desire to his wife to cremate him at Thirumangalakkudi.  The verdict was followed Alaivar lost his life.  His wife gravely followed the instructions of her husband, brought her husband’s lifeless body and cried her heart out to Goddess Sri Mangalambikai.  Soon, her prayers were answered Alaivanar got his life back.   Alaivanar rushed to the sanctum sanctorum with all his emotions embraced the Linga.   The couple sincerely prayed to Lord Prananatheswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Mangalambikai to remain in this sacred land forever and provide long life to the worshipper.


Worship of Lord Prananatheswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Mangalambikai before initiating worship of Lord Surya at Sivasuryanarayana Temple would provide abundance of devoutness includes eradication of ill effects due to the change in planetary positions, good mental as well as physical health and blissful married life.


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This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.30 PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM in the evenings.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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