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Sri Udhvaganathar temple

Moolavar : Udhvaganathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Gokhila
Thala Virutcham : Karu Oomathai
Theertham : Saptha Sagaram
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirumananjeri
City : Tirumananjeri
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   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.


   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.


   Sri Udhavaganathar Temple, Tirumananjeri-609 801, Nagapattinam district.


   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.


   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.

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.

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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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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