Chandramouleeswarar Temple, Thazhamangai – Religious Significance
Saptha Mangai Sthalams:
There are 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route and the temples are:
1. Chakramangai (Abhirami),
2. Arimangai (Maheswari),
3. Soolamangai (Kaumari),
4. Nandimangai (Vaishnavi),
5. Pasumangai (Varahi).
6. Thazhamangai (Mahendri) and
7. Pullamangai (Chamundi)
As per Hindu Mythology, Mother Parasakthi visits these temples to have the dharshan of various parts of Lord Shiva during the nine Navarathri days:
On Day 1 of the Navaratri, the Universal Mother along with Sri Brahmi Devi offered worship at the Chakramangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye – Siva Netra Chakra Darshan.
On Day 2, She, along with Sri Maheswari Devi offered worship at Arimangai and got the darshan of the divine Ganga on Lord Shiva’s head – Siva Ganga Darshan.
On Day 3, She, along with Sri Kaumari Devi offered worship at Soolamangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Trident – Siva Trisula Darshan.
On Day 4, She, along with Sri Vaishnavi Devi offered worship at Nandimangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Leg Ornament – Siva Kazhal Darshan.
On Day 5, the Universal Mother along with Sri Varahi Devi and Mother Kamadenu, offered worship at Pasumangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Hand Drum – Siva Udukkai Darshan (Damaruka Darshan).
On Day 6, She, along with Sri Indrani Devi also known as Mahendri offered worship at Thazhamangai and got the darshan of the Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head Drum – Siva Pirai Chandra Darshan.
On Day 7, She, along with Sri Chamundi Devi offered worship at Thirpullamangai and got the darshan of the Divine Serpents on Lord Shiva’s Neck – Siva Naga Bhooshana Darshan.
On Day 8, She, along with Sri Vajreswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Thiruchelur Machapureeswarar temple.
On Day 9, She, along with Sri Makuteswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki – gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Melattur Unnathapureeswarar temple.