Bhuminathaswamy Temple, Thiruchuli, Aruppukkottai, Virudhunagar
Bhuminathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thiruchuli near Aruppukkottai in Virudhunagar District of Tamilnadu. Thiruchuli is a village about 15 kilometers to the east of Aruppukkottai, 40 km east of Virudhunagar and 45 km south of Madurai. This shrine is regarded as the 12th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu. The temple was earlier maintained by the rulers of Ramanathapuram district. The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims throughout the year who come here to seek blessings of the Lord.
It is considered to be a very holy place, in large part because it is the birthplace of Sri Ramana Maharishi, held by many to be the most revered Indian saint of the 20th century. Thiruchuli is located on the western bank of the Gundar. Presiding Deity is called as Bhoominathar and Goddess as Thunaimalai Amman. The temple has undergone extensive renovations and the present complex accommodates a number of shrines built over time within the high boundary walls constructed during the reign of Muthuramalinga Sethupathi. Swami Vivekananda stayed three days in this temple due to the flood of Gundar River during his yatra.
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The Temple spans an area of about 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2). There are several shrines and Theerthams within this temple complex and around it. The Shiva and Ambal shrines both face the East. The presiding deity lord Shiva is called as Thirumeni Nathar, Bhoominathar and the Ambal his consort mother Parvathy is called as Tunaimaalainayaki. The Kauvaikkadal tank within the temple, with a central mandapam is a beautiful one. Mention must be made of the Pralaya Vitankar and the Palani Andavar shrines in this temple. The sthala Vriksham is Punnai and the Theertham is Kauvaikkadal theertham. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple.
The Ramanathapuram rulers have traditionally maintained this temple. The temple is surrounded by four car streets facing east. After worshipping Lord Vinayaka at the entrance, then we have Mother’s shrine opposite to the entrance. On the right is the shrine of Lord with Kauvaikkadal Theertham opposite. The Asthana Mandapam is nearby. The flag post -Kodimaram, Nandhi and the Bali peeta are at the Kambathadi Mandapam. Lords Vinayaka and Muruga grace the devotees from both sides of the entrance. The Rajagopuram of Lord Shiva Shrine is of a seven tier structure.
After worshipping Lord Adhikara Nandhi Deva, the devotee reaches a peeta with six legs, Aarukaal Peeta. The epigraphic details of the temple are in this place. Sabha Mandapam, Artha Mandapam and Andharala Mandapam are also nearby. Presiding deity Lord Thirumeni Nathar graces then from the sanctum sanctorum. Sun is on the eastern side, Saptha Madhas and 63 Nayanmars are on the south of the prakaram. On the southwest side of the prakara is Lord Vinayaka.
On the west are Lords Somaskanda, Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi, Chuzhigai Govindar and Lord Muruga on the northwest. Chandikeswara shrine is on the north side. Lord Nataraja is on the northeast. Lord Kalabhairava and Sun are on the east. In the goshta wall of Lord’s sanctum are Lord Dakshinamurthi on the south, Lingodhbava in the west and Mother Durga in the north. The Artha Mandapam and the Palli Arai - privacy room are near the Mother’s sanctum. This is one of the temples under Sethu Samasthanam.
Presiding deity is also called as Thirumeni Nathar/ Chuzhikesar/ Pralaya Vidangar/ Thanunathar/ Thirumanakolanathar/ Kalyana Sundarar/ Bhuvaneswarar/ Boominatha Swamy. Mother is also called as Swarnamalai/ Thunaimalaiyammai/ Sahayavalli/ Muthumalaiyudaiammai/ Manikkamalai.
Temple Opening Time
This temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM in the evenings.
Thiruchuzhial Temple celebrates many festivals on a grand scale. The grand Bhrammotsavam takes place in the Tamil month of Panguni. Of the festivals celebrated here mention must be made of the Palani Andavar festival in Thai and The Amman Tapas festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi.
Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Aavani Moolam in August-September; Chithirai Vishu the Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14; Mondays of Karthikai in November-December; Aadi Tapasu in July-August; Thaipoosam in January-February and Panguni Brahmotsavam with Wedding festival and car festival in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Sundarar composed the Thevaram Pathigam here. Saint Sundarar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 12th Lord Shiva temple in the Pandya region praised in Thevaram hymns.
Those facing delays in marriage, pray to Lord and Mother in their wedding posture. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother.
Sri Thirumeni Nathar Temple,
Thiruchuzhi Post, Virudhunagar District
Phone: +91 – 4566 – 282 644
Thiruchuli is a village about 15 kms to the east of Aruppukkottai, 40 kms east of Virudhunagar and 45 kms south of Madurai in Tamilnadu. This Temple is well connected with all modes of transport. Thiruchuzhi is on the Virudhunagar - Manamadurai rail line. The temple is 1 km south of the railway station. Bus facilities are also available from Madurai, Virudhunagar, and Aruppukkottai. The temple is located near the bus stand. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.