Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple, Thanjavur

Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple, Thanjavur
Kathiramangalam Vana Durga, also known as Vana Durga Parameswari Amman is a temple situated in Kathiramangalam, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu. The temple is situated 15 kilometers away from Kumbakonam and 7 kilometers from Mayiladuthurai.

Kathiramangalam Vana Durga is one of the nava Durga temples. The presiding deity is Shri Vana Durga Parameswari Amman.  . It is believed that she visits Kasi during the nights and comes back every day. Ancient Name of the Village is “Siva Malliga Vanam”.  The special pooja for this temple is held during Raghu kalam on Sundays. So, she is also called Raghu Kala Durgai. 

When Agasthiyar came to this vanam, he prayed this Durga.  Markandeya also prayed the Goddess.   The full name of the village is “Kathir Veaintha Mangalam”. The Tamil Poet Kambar prayed the Durga when he wrote the Ramayana.  He lived here for long time.  In all temples, Durga is one among the Deities. But the separate temple for Durga is in Kathiramangalam.  Here the Durga is in the Padma Peedam where as in other temple the Durga is in Simma or Mahisha Vahanam. The Temple is facing east.
Temple Speciality
People's whose Birth star sign is Mrigashirsa Nakshatra have to visit Vana Durgai Amman Temple - Kathiramangalam in Tamil Nadu twice in an year or atleast once in an year. They should stay in the temple or premises for two and half hours. Visit the Temple in your Birth star or Nakshatra i.e visit the temple on Mrigashirsha Nakshatra.
Marriages are said to be made in heaven. But nowadays marriages are stopped midway during marriage ceremony for unexplainable reasons. For those who are affected like these things, there is a temple for worship. It is called Vana Durga parameswari Thirukovil. It is situated in a place called Kathiramangalam and is situated 15 km distance from Kumbakonam and 10 kms from Suriyanar Kovil in the route of Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai. 
The Temple
Primary deity of the temple is Vana Durga, a manifestation of goddess Durga. The main Idol of the temple is 6 feet high and puja in the temple is held at Ragu kalam. On Weekends worship is offered to Vana Durga from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.

The Durgai here is faced towards east and is said to be so auspicious. Sage Agasthiar installed this Durgai and sage Mirugandar worshiped this Durgai. Poet Kambar used to pray Vana Durga regularly and once she had covered his house with paddy during heavy rain.

Moolavar: Vana Durga Parameswari
Sthala Theertham: Sivagangai
Sthala Vriksham: Lotus
Devotees make archanai to get remedy in various issues by using different flowers like senthamarai for money, malligai for peace, Sevanthi for debit clearance, sevvarali for united family, manoranjitham for reunion of couples, marikolunthu for union of relationships, sembaruthi for business, Roja for marriage. 
Temple Timings
Temple is open from 8 am to 1 pm and 4.30 to 8 pm
Sri Vana Durga Parameswari temple
Kathiramangalam, Tiruvidaimaruthur Taluk
Thanjavur District
Phone: +91 4364 232 344, 232 555
The temple is situated 15 kilometers away from Kumbakonam and 7 kilometers from Mayiladuthurai.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.