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Sri Vijaya Natheswarar temple

Moolavar : Vijaya Natheswarar ? Vijaya Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangala Nayaki - Mangai Nayaki, Manhgalambikai
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Arjuna Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiruvijaya Mangai
City : Tiruvijayamangai
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu




   The Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 47th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.

Temple's Speciality:

   Masi Maha Shivrathri is grandly celebrated in the temple in February-March.

Opening Time:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. The scar caused by the hit of Ajuna?s bow is still visible on the Linga.


   The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.


   91- 435- 294 1912, 94435 86453, 93443 30834

General Information:



   Presiding deity Lord Shiva is facing east. Mother Mangalambikai is facing south. There are shrines of Lords Nardana Vinayaka, Anugraha Dakshinamurthy, Sun and Moon.

Thanks giving:

   Those facing delays in marriage pray in the temple for early results.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Devotees perform abishek, offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Temple History:

   The temple is built in accordance with the Chola designs. The one different feature of the temple is that the Rajagopuram is smaller than the tower above the sanctum sanctorum. Mother Mangala Nayaki graces devotees with Her two hands with Abhaya Mudra (assuring protection to devotees), one with Akshamala and Neelothpala flower in the fourth. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Lord Muruga in the temple in his Tirupugazh hymns.

Special Features:

   Arujnua desired to get the Pasupatha missile to conquer the Kurukshetra war. Lord Krishna told him that though he got many weapons with the blessings of his father Indira, for Pasupatha he had to appeal to Lord Shiva only. Arjuna came to this place and performed penance on Lord Shiva. Duryodhana sent demon Mookasura to spoil the penance and kill Arjuna. Lord Shiva appeared at the spot as a hunter with Mother Parvathi followed by four dogs representing the four Vedas. Lord shot an arrow on the Mookasura pig and killed it while simultaneously Arjuna too hit the pig with his arrow. An argument arose between and Hunter Lord and Arjuna as to whose arrow hit the animal first. War of words between the two ended in true fight. Lord broke Arujuna?s arrow. Exasperated Arjuna hit the Lord with the broken arrow and the impact of the blow was felt by all in the three worlds. Lord appeared before him with Mother Parvathi in His true form and blessed him with the Pasupatha weapon.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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