Thirumanicherai Udayar Temple, Periyamalai, Injimedu, Thiruvannamalai
Thirumanicherai Udayar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at the top of Periyamalai Hill in Injimedu Village of Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Many people visit this place for the relief from their problems. This is the only temple in which the special pooja is performed for Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva. People visit this temple for all kind of problems related to education, property, money and even health.
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Lord Shiva is in the form of lingam and is named as Thirumani Cherai Udayar (highly decorative and attractive Shiva). Lord Shiva graces in the form of a Linga made of Navapashana – a mixture of nine herbal medicinal properties. The Goddess Parvati is named as Thirumani Nayagi (pleasant and blissful). This Shivalinga is 5 feet 6 inches tall atop the hill and Mother is 4 feet high. Shivalinga is very elegant, attractive and vibrant.
Lord Vinayaka is made out of white marble from Baroda province (Gujarat) through Sri P.G. Krishnan and Smt. Dhanalakshmi. An epigraph by Chola King Vikramaditya located atop a hillock that dates back to 1126 A.D. and describes the story of Lord Shiva. This small 200 ft high hillock top temple has about 51 covered steps. So rain or sun will not affect the devotees.
This is a 2500 years old temple which got ransacked about 700 years ago by various invasions. The Thirumanicherai Shiva lingam which was left alone without any pooja/ worship for nearly 700 years finally got a facelift and the Kumbhabhishekam took place in 1999. Sanghu theertham is present in the hill in the shape of Sanghu.
It is said that there is a spacious cave here where Pampatti Chithar is living in the form of a snake. It is believed that Maharshi Agastya had done the pratisthapana of this temple and a statue of Muni Agastya is still present in the temple premises. There is a Holy spring which is perennial and is very sweet and cures many diseases. Abishek to Navapashana Linga is performed with the spring water only.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Karthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Abishek to Navapashana Linga is performed with the water drawn from the spring in Periyamalai. The abishek water, if consumed by the devotees, cures diseases. This is specially used for snake bites. Many believe that the water also is a good solution for infertility problems. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother with vastras.
Sri Tirumanicherai Udayar Temple,
Injimedu, Thiruvannamalai District
Phone: +91 4183 293 616
Injimedu is located at about 3 kms from Peranamanallur in Thiruvannamalai district. Injimedu is located at about 21 kms from Arani, 140 km from Chennai and 33 kms from Vandavasi in the Vandavasi to Arani route. This place can also be reached through Vandavasi – Chetput (Polur – Thiruvannamalai) route wherein one has to travel for 23 kms from Vandavasi towards Chetput and then turn right (North) towards Pernamallur/ Arani and travel further for 10 kms to reach Injimedu.
From Koyambedu – Chennai Bus Stand (CMBT) Buses towards Thiruvannamalai (Route No: 208), Polur (Route No: 148) will reach China Kozhyapaloor Koot road. From this place autos are available to reach Injimedu. Bus facilities are available to Injimedu from Vandavasi and Peranamanallur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvannamalai and Arani. Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.