Someswarar Temple, Manamadurai, Sivaganga
Someswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located in Manamadurai in Sivaganga district of Tamilnadu. The main God here is Someswarar (Thirupathakesar) and Amman (Thayar) is Ananda Valli. This Temple is located at a distance of 18 Kms from Sivagangai. Manikkavachakar worshiped Lord Siva of this place and sang hymns on him.
Once monkeys were hungry and without their knowledge they were dropping Vilvam on Sivalingam, the lord was happy with their act and he blessed them hence the place was known as Vanara Madurai and changed into Manamadurai over a period.
Purana says Lord Chandra worshipped Siva of his place, to get rid of his curse and he felt happy, so the place is known as Chandra pattinam, and Goddess as Ananda valli.
Main Deity is Swayambu lingam known as Someswarar (Thirupathakesar) and his consort known as Ananda valli Amman in different sanctum. Teertham of the temple is Vaigai, and sthala Vriksham is Vilvam. Other deities seen in the temple are, Vinayakar, Subramaniyar, Natarajar, Mahalakshmi, Navagraham and Bairavar. This is an ancient Shiva temple which is believed to house the Maha Samadhi of the great saint Sadasiva Brahmendral.
Manamadurai, Sivaganga District,
Phone: +91 - 4574 268906
The town is well connected by road to all the cities and towns in Tamil Nadu. The Manamadurai panchayat town Bus terminus situated at the Madurai - Rameswaram national highway caters to the road transportation of the town.
Manamadurai Junction serves the town with state capital Chennai and other places. The Silambu Express starting from Manamadurai running Bi-Weekly connects the town with Chennai. The Rameswaram express and Sethu express run through Manamadurai also connect the town with state capital. Also there are good number of Passenger trains from Madurai and Trichy passing through Manamadurai towards Rameswaram. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.