Hari Muktheeswarar Temple, Ariyamangai, Thanjavur
|Architectural style:||Tamil Temple architecture|
Legend / Local stories
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.
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.
How to Reach:
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.