Thirumanancheri Udhvaganathar Temple – The Temple
The temple is facing east and was constructed by Chola Queen Sembiyan Madevi. There is a moat around the temple. The presiding deity is called as Udhvaganathar / Arul Vallal / Kalyana Sundareswarar & Ambal is called as Kuyilin Men Mozhi Ammai / Kokilambal. Udhvaganathar as bridegroom and Ambal as bride bowing her head in shyness are giving Dharshan in the moolasthanam. God and Goddess are present as newly married couple in the south prakaram. There are shrines for Lord Mahavishnu along with Upaya Nachiar, Lakshmi and Mangala Raagu God in full human form on the western side of Sanctum.
Idols of Saneeswara Bhagavan, Pachaiyappa Nathar, Rudra Vaneswarar, Pachaiamman and Nayagi Rudravaneswari are located in the eastern side. As soon as we enter the Sanctum after leaving Rajagopuram Lord Ganapathi can be seen. Then we can see Dwajasthambam, Balipeedam, Mahanandhi and Mandapam (Great Hall). After leaving Katta Gopuram Varasiddhi Vinayagar can be seen in front of Vinayagar Shobana Mandapam. In Nirutha Mandapam, Natarajar in a dancing exposure can be seen.
In front of Natarajar, Lord Kalyanasundarar with Ambigai can be seen in a laughing posture facing east in the south Praharam. Nalvars can be seen in the Prakaram in front of Nadarajar Sabha. In Koshtam, Idols of Pichaadanar, Bala Ganapathi, Natarajar, Lingothpavar, Brahma and Dakshinamoorthy in a yoga posture can be seen. Raghu Bhagwan and Durga are located in a separate Shrine.
A beautiful Lord Vinayagar Sannadhi is located on the Kannimoolai. Idols of Bharatha Maharishi, Sembian Madevi, and Mallappa Naicker were installed in the four directions of Karuvarai. There is no Navagraha - 9 planets shrine in the temple. Mother is located 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. Theertham is Samudra Theertham.