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Manakula Vinayakar temple of Puducherry.

We see a mandapam in front of the temple with sign board.

Main entrance of Vinayakar temple.

Main Deity of the temple is Vinayakar.

One side of hall where we see photos related to Ganesha is hanged to wall.

Sthala Vruksham is Vilwam and teertham is Well.

Importance of the temple is Vinayakar is rested on a peetam above the well. There is a small pit runs towards the left side which is full of water always. Here marriage festival is performed for Vinayakar. The Gopuram of main sanctum is of gold covering. We see Nardhana Vinayakar here. This is only Vinayakar temple with Palliari. (Retiring room) Vinayar idol that is taken inside the room has only feet portion.

A Siddhar named Tholaikasu Siddhar was devotee of this Vinayakar temple.


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Cheyyur : About 24 kms SE of Maduranthagam, the place Cheyyur is located.

As we enter we see Dwajasthambam.

We see the entrance to, inner sanctum.

Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Somanadhar and his consort known as Meenakshi Ammai.

As we go around the sanctum we see to south west corner a sanctum for Lord Subramanian known as Mutthukumara swamy. He is also known as Samhara Moorthy.
To north side of the prakaram there is a sanctum for Sri Kandha Swamy in standing posture with Abahya hastham along with peacock and Vel. To his either side, we see Valli and Devani.

There are other deities like Vinayakar, Dakshina Moorthy and Channdikeswarar.

Purana says Boodha Ganagal of Lord Siva worshiped Lord Murugan of this place.

As we go around the prakaram we see different form of Lord Murugan. Boodha Ganangal is seen in the outer prakaram.

Nruthya Skandar.

Brahma Sastha

Bala Skandar


Pulinthar. (Hunter)

Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Lord Murugan of this temple.

Sri Ramar Temple of Maduranthagam  

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Sri Ramar Temple of Maduranthagam.

Maduranthagam is about 77 kms to south of Chennai, 12 kms from Melmaruvathoor and about 23 kms from Chengalpet, in Kancheepuram District.

We see pushkarani in front of the temple

View of temple main Gopuram from inside.

As we enter inside we see Dwajasthambam and a mandapam leading us to main sanctum.

Main Deity is Karunakara Perumal in standing posture.
Urchavar, of this temple is known, as Karunakara Perumal / Periya Perumal.
We see deity of Sri Ramar, Seetha and Lakshmana in the main sanctum. Here Lord Sri Ramar is holding the hands of Seetha. Vipandaka Maharishi is seen worshiping Lord Rama inside the main sanctum.

Here, Thayar is seen in separate sanctum and known as Janakavalli Thayar. She is daughter of King Janaka, so she is known as Janakavalli.

Chakkrathazhwar is seen in separate sanctum. Yantrais installed here in this sanctum. Worshiping the Lord and yantra together gives good result. At the back of Chakrathazwar, we see Yoga Narashimar on serpant.

Sri Ramanujar was initated by Perriya Nambi, as mentioned in Pancharatra Sastra. Here in this temple Sri Ramanujar is seen in white dress.

The place is famous for a huge lake which would breach every year after the monsoon
rains, and farmers faced heavy loss. Collector Colonel Lionel tried to strengthen the lake boundaries, many a time but it was a failure. Once when English Collector, Colonel Lionel visited the temple, he was very much attracted by the temple built many decades ago. Temple authorities requested him to help them, with funds to construct a separate sanctum for Thayar.

Collector who was very much upset, by the collapse of tank’s waste weir, promised to build the shrine, if Goddess can stop the breach of tank during monsoon.

During the monsoon time when he camped at Maduranthangam, the tank was full to brim. In the night when he went to have a look at the Lake which was full, he saw Sri Rama and Lakshmana keeping guard of the tank. He felt happy and as assured he started the construction work of a separate sanctum for Goddess.

The Legend says in Bagularanyam, sage Vipandakar did penance and performed pooja to Lord Karunakaran. Sri Rama and Lakshmana stayed in this place for few days when they left for Vanavasam. Sri Rama promised to visit the place again on his return to Ayodhya. When he was returning by pushpaka Vimanam, he stopped and gave darshan to Vipandaka muni. Hence the place is known as Madhuranthakam.

There is a separate sanctum forAnjaneyar, near the Pushkarani which is opposite to the temple.