Friday, October 5, 2018

Dharmanatheswarar Temple, Mandakolathur, Thiruvannamalai

Dharmanatheswarar Temple, Mandakolathur, Thiruvannamalai
Dharmanatheswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Mandakolathur Village in Polur Taluk in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Dharmanatheswarar and Mother is called as Dharmasamvardhini. This Temple is considered as one the Saptha Kailaya Sthalams established and worshipped by Lord Muruga on the southern bank of river Cheyyar.

Saptha Karai Kanda Sthalams and Saptha Kailaya Sthalams:
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Dharmar, Eldest of Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva here:
The Lord was believed to have been worshipped by Dharmar of Pancha Pandavas. The Lord was believed to be worshipped by Pancha Pandavas.
This village has a hoary past and was a centre of vedic learning. It is also mentioned in the 10th century stone inscriptions of Later Chola Kings. The Renovation of the 1200-year-old dilapidated temple took place between Dec 1998 to Dec 1999 and the first Kumbabishekam in the 21st century was held on 27-01-2000. Gradually all the festivals have been started. The Dwajasthambam was installed and the second Kumbabishekam was held on 18-06-2011.

The Temple
The Temple is facing east with 3 tiered Rajagopuram. There is a four pillared Mandapam after the Rajagopuram entrance. Pradosha Nandhi is located nearby this Mandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Dharmanatheswarar. Mother is called as Dharmasamvardhini. Mother is housed in a separate shrine in the prakaram. Mother is with four arms showing Varada and Abhaya Hastha in two hands and holding Angusam and Pasam in other two hands. There is a shrine for Varadharaja Perumal in the Artha mandapam.

There is a shrine for Kailasanathar and Aram Valartha Nayagi in the Temple premises. There are also shrines for Somaskandar, Ganesha, Murugan with consorts, Ambal and Chandikeswarar in the prakaram. Lord Shiva has performed special bravery acts in 8 places. They are Thirukandiyur, Thirukovilur, Thiruvathigai, Thirupariyalur, Thiruvirkudi, Thiruvazhuvur, Thirukurukai and Thirukadavur. Paintings in 8 panels of such acts of Lord Shiva have been drawn on the outer wall of the temple with suitable glass frames.

Natarajar Abishekams, Vaikasi Visakam, Aadi Pooram Valaikappu to Ambal, Sharada Navarathri, Maha Skanda Shashti, Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi, Karthigai Soma Vaarams, Mahasivarathri, Panguni Uthiram. Appar, Sambandar, Manickavasagar and Sundarar mukthi days, Guru, Rahu, Kethu and Sani Peyarchi days, Annabishekam, Kalabharavashtami, Nanda Sapthami, Sandhana Kappu, Aavani Moolam, Vinayagar Chathurthi, Karthikai Deepam, Ratha Sapthami, Thai Poosam, Vasantha Navarathri and 12-day Annual Brahmotsavam are the festivals celebrated here.
Dharmanatheswarar Temple,
Mandakolathur, Polur Taluk,
Thiruvannamalai District – 606 904
Mobile: +91 96000 14199
The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Karaipoondi, 10 Kms from Polur, 10 Kms from Polur Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Polur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Devikapuram, 47 Kms from Thiruvannamalai, 45 Kms from Thiruvannamalai Railway Station, 148 Kms from Chennai Airport and 166 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is situated on Polur to Devikapuram Route. Mandakolathur is well connected to Polur, Devikapuram and Thiruvannamalai. The Temple is conveniently connected to Polur.

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