Prananathar mangalambigai temple is located in kumbakonam. This city is famous for temple and coffee.
There are numerous numbers of temples are available in kumbakonam and the main god is lord Shiva in most of the temple.
Prananathar Temple is located in the village of Thirumangalakudi 2 kilometres from the Aduthurai is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is glorified by the poems and lyrics of Appar.
The temple is a place of holy and purity like river Ganga, because the name of the god in this temple is started as mangalam which is positive sign for human’s welfare.
This is the unique thing happened before many centuries that in Hindu temple there is statue for main god and for several god will be there and names are different from each other but in this temple all the name of the god start in similar manner. Even the name of the town itself we can see that interesting fact.
The temple is glorified by Tevaram padal (song). The temple is believed to have been built by a minister of Kulothunga chola1 with the tax of money collective. The temple was renovated during the 11th century by Kulothunga Chola. It is under the management of Tiruvavaduthurai Adheenam.
The interesting story is that temple construction is planned by minister with tax collection. This encouraged the anger of the king and he ordered punishment to the minister. The minister’s wife worshipped Mangalambigai (Parvathi) of this temple to save her Mangalyam (sacred tie worn by married woman). The minister was punished and his dead body was brought to Tirumangalakudi.
The moment it reached the place, he got his life back due to the effect of the presiding deity. From that incident, the place is believed to provide protection to Mangalyam.
Also when Navagrahas were annoyance to have leprosy by Brahma for relieving a saint from leprosy as they do not have authority to change destiny, Brahma asked them to go to thirumangalakkudi and pray Kol Vinai Theertha Vinayagar (Ganesh who absolved sins of planets) to be absolved from their sins.
And there is believe in Hindu culture that navagram curse can be only relieved by the worship of lord ganesh and lord hanuman.
While entering Lord Shiva place of worship, Mothers Mahalakshmi and Saraswati (without Veena in hands) are on both sides of the temple as Dwarapalakis, they are sitting in Padmasana style. There are two Natarajas in the Prakara with Mother Sivakami. There is a Boodha Gana playing a musical instrument under the feet of the Nataraja near the main Nataraja.
There are two theerthas in Prana Natheswarar temple in the prakara called Surya and Chandra theerthas. It is said that these two planets considered the two eyes of Lord Shiva are in the Theertha Spring form to cool their Lord.
Abishek Water for the Lord is drawn from these springs. Mother Vishnu Durga is in the Shiva goshta. Shiva Durga is behind the Somaskanda shrine. Mahishasura the demon is absent in both places. Mother Cauvery is in the form of an idol next to Durga in the Shiva shrine. On the 18th day of Aadi Tamil month – July-August special poojas are dedicated to Cauvery.Lords Vishnu, Brahmma, Mothers Kali, Ambica, Akashavani, Bhooma Devi, Sage Agasthya and Sun God had worshipped in this temple. Lord Muruga is praised as Shanmuga.
Lord Shiva in the temple is a name beloved swayambumurthi. Traditionally the Linga-Bana is shorter than the height of the Avudayar the seat. The Linga part is taller than the Avudayar part in this temple. Also against the tradition of celebrating the wedding festival during day time, it is celebrated during night in this temple. Similarly the wedding feast also takes place during night instead of in the day. This is celebrated on the seventh day of Brahmmotsavam. The event includes reception of the bridegroom party, Lord and Mother exchanging garlands, Oonjal and the wedding at about 9.00 p.m. followed by wedding feast.
10 day Panguni Uthiram Brahmmotsavam with wedding festival on the second day is the important festive event of the temple. Monthly Sankatahara Chaturthi, Kruthikai, pradoshams, Deepavali, Makar Sankranti, Tamil and English New Year days are observed with special abishekam, poojas etc. Special abishekam and poojas are dedicated to Lord Bhairva on Ashtami days in new moon fortnight.
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
How to reach:
Prananathar mangalambigai temple is located in Thanjavur main road at Kumbakonam city. It is 2 km from Kumbakonam Bus stand. The bus stop is called “Mottai Gopuram” bus stop. Many buses go through this bus stop. Near by temples are Ramaswamy Temple, Birman Temple, and Someswarar Temple and Chakarapani temples.
Auto Rickshaw, Mini bus, Town bus are the modes you can reach this temple.