Sri Mangalyeswarar Temple

Shiva & Mars



Sri Mangalyeswarar Temple, Idayattru Mangalam-621 218, Via Valadi, Lalgudi town , Tiruchy district, Tamil Nadu. Maharshi Mangalya, born in Uthiram star, was the Acharya in the marriage of Sage Agasthya and Sage Vsishta and Bhairava.
Mangalambigai Sametha Mangalyeswarar Koil is the temple that people born under Uthiram star have to visit regularly. This place is called Edaiyathumangalam as it was once situated between two rivers; Aaru means, river and Edai means, in between. Mangalyeswarar (as Lord Shiva is known at this temple) is present with His Consort Mangalambigai. Mangalyeswarar is facing East while Mangalambigai is facing South. This is quite a small temple and has shrines for Vinayakar, Mangalya Maharishi, Dakshinamurthy, Bitchandar, Ardhanareeswarar, Chandikeswarar, Durgai, Nandi and Navagrahas. Lord Muruga is also present with His Consorts, Valli and Deivayanai.
The Legend here is connected with Mangalya Maharishi who was born under Uthiram Nakshathiram. Marriages of Agasthiyar, Vashishtar and Bhairava Maharishis were conducted under his aegis. He is supposed to have all the powers of his penance in his palms. He is the Guru of the Angels that bless the marriages. At the auspicious time that is suitable for marriage, these Angels are believed to be visiting this temple to pray to Mangalyeswarar and re-energise their power to bless married women with a long & happy marital life. Their blessings are always at the peak during Uthira nakshathiram. It is because of this reason that the Kalyana Utsavam or the Celestial Wedding of the God and Goddess are held during Uthiram nakshathiram day in the Tamil month of Panguni. Panguni Uthiram is an important part of the calendar in most temples.

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