Hari Muktheeswarar Temple, Ariyamangai, Thanjavur
Hari Muktheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Ariyamangai in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Hari Muktheeswarar and Mother is called as Gnanambika. The place is also called as Harimangai. 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 Maheswari.
In this temple, Mother Parvathi accompanied by Maheswari (Another Mother form which came out of Lord Shiva and She holds Trident and wears Chandran on her head), worshipped Shiva and had the Ganga Darshan. This happens every year on the second day of Navarathri (Dwithiyai).
Once Mahalakshmi came to this place, had bath in the Sathya Ganga Theertham (now called Hari Theertham), did severe penance to Shiva and was eating only the Arunellikai fruit. Her goal was to get a boon from Shiva that she should be always by the side of Lord Vishnu. Pleased with her devotion, Shiva gave her the Boon. Since Hari Mangai refers to Mahalakshmi, this place came to be called Hari Mangai which over a period of time, became Ariya Mangai.
Since Lord Vishnu also worshipped this Lord, he is called Hari Muktheeswarar.
Mother appeared as a young girl to Nadha Sharma Couple:
In this temple, the Mother appeared as a young girl of school going age to the Nadha Sharma couple.
The temple is very small and is situated in a slightly elevated place. Presiding Deity is called as Hari Muktheeswarar and Mother is called as Gnanambika. There is a separate shrine for Lord Varadaraja with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There are also shrines for Murugan and Vinayaga in the Temple premises. Sthala Vriksham is Nelli (gooseberry) and the Theertham is Hari Theertham. The association with Lord Vishnu is confirmed by both the name of the Lord and the Theertham.
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.
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.
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The Temple is located at about 400 meters from Manakkadu Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Kovilady Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Mangudi Road Bus Stop, 1 Km from Ayyampet Railway Station, 10 Kms from Papanasam, 18 Kms from Thanjavur, 14 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 13 Kms from Thingalur, 11 Kms from Thirupazhanam, 24 Kms from Kumbakonam and 71 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Thanjavur – Kumbakonam Road.