Friday, June 8, 2018

Chandramouleeswarar Temple, Thazhamangai, Thanjavur

Chandramouleeswarar Temple, Thazhamangai, Thanjavur
Chandramouleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thazhamangai in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Chandramouleeswarar and Mother is called as Sri Raja Rajeswari. The Temple is believed to be more than 1300 years old and the temple is situated on the banks of Kudamurutti River, a distributary of river Cauvery. This temple is one of the 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route. This Temple is associated with Mother Mahendri.

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The place was called as Pavathaayamangalam during Pallava Period and was called as Nitha Vinotha Valanattu Kizhar Kutrathu Pavathayamangalam during Chola Period. During Sundara Chozhan’s regime, there were great floods in Kaveri due to which all the villages including Thazhamangalam were completely washed away. The only structure remaining untouched was this temple.

The Temple
There is a small entrance arch. The Temple is very small with just single prakaram. Nandhi and Balipeedam are found facing the sanctum. There is no Dwaja Sthambam in this Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Chandramouleeswarar and Mother is called as Sri Raja Rajeswari. There are not that many temples where the Mother Goddess manifests herself in her Rajarajeswari form. So, this temple is quite special.

Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 04.00 p.m. to 08.30 p.m.
Mahasivarathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple. This Temple is one of the seven places forming seven Holy Kshetras in and around Pasupathi Koil where the annual Saptha Sthanam festival is held in the month of Panguni. The Deities from the main temple Chakkarapalli are taken in a procession in very huge “kannadippallakkoo” weighing more than 2000 Kgs by bearers on bare foot over more than 40 Kms in two days nonstop except for few hours halt at Kudamurutti river sands for the fireworks show at 4 am.
Religious Significance
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Those who are burdened with lack of peace in the family should resolve to do regular worship at this temple on Tuesdays, Fridays and on the night of the darshan of the third phase of the crescent moon. This steadfast worship will help bestow peace and tranquility in one’s family.
The temple is located at about 1 Km from Pasupathikoil Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Pasupathikoil Railway Station, 4.5 Kms from Ayyampet Railway Station, 12 Kms from Papanasam, 13 Kms from Thanjavur, 13 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 14 Kms from Thingalur, 12 Kms from Thirupazhanam, 26 Kms from Kumbakonam and 68 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Thanjavur – Kumbakonam Road.

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