Maragadachaleswarar Temple, Thiruengoimalai, Trichy
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Maragadachaleswarar Temple,Thiruengoimalai, Via Manamedu,
Thottiyam Taluk Tiruchirappalli District – 621209
|Phone||+91 9443950031 / 9095102695 / 9095102696 / 9944120135|
It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams – Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. This temple is the 117th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 63rd Sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery of Chozha Naadu. Poet Nakkeerar has sung a booklet named Eengoi-Ezhupathu (70 Eengoi songs). It is considered very auspicious to visit three Shivasthalams (Kadambar Kovil in the morning, Thiruvatpokki (Ratnagiri) at noon and Thiruengoimalai in the evening) on Mondays during the Tamil month of Karthigai.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. It would be convenient if the visitor informs the priest before proceeding to the temple in advance.
Brahmmotsavam in Panguni (March-April), Masi Magam in February-March, Thai Poosam in January-February and Pujas on all Full Moon days – Poornimas – are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Legend / Local stories
Sage Agasthya worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of Bee:
The name of the place is said to be derived from Thiru-i-ongaimalai (‘i’ meaning bee in Tamil) and to have been so called because the sage Agasthiar, finding the gates of the temple closed one evening, took the form of a bee and entered the temple to perform his worship.
Ambal worshipped Lord Shiva here and so the hill is also called Sivasakthi Malai.
Attaining Salvation by worshipping three temples in a row:
There are three important sacred Shiva temples in this region glorified by the Thevara hymns and Agathiar used to worship all the three in a single day. Agasthiar was not satisfied even after worshipping so many temples in south and finally got satisfaction after worshipping these three temples. He worshipped Kadamba Nathar at Kadambar Koil in the morning, Rathnagreeswarar temple at Ayyarmalai (Thiruvatpokki) in the noon, and the Thiruvengi Nathar at Thiru-engoi-malai in the evening. It is considered that worshipping all of them in a single day will get us salvation.
Lord Shiva gave Gold to Sundarar here:
When Sundarar went to see the Lord, he hid himself in tamarind and when Sambandhar asked for gold, he gave the tamarind from the tree which became gold.
Musukuntha Chakravarthy worshiped Lord Shiva here:
Legendary Chola Emperor Musukuntha Chakravarthy worshiped Lord Shiva here.
Bogar meditated here:
Bogar meditated and attained siddhi of making “Nava Pashanam” in this hill temple, hence there is a Bogar Shrine at the foot hill.
The lingam of the temple is said to be transparent and also to throw a green shadow when camphor is burned. It is therefore called the ’emerald’ (Maragatha) lingam.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Manamedu, 6 Kms from Musiri, 7 Kms from Kulithalai, 32 Kms from Thuraiyur, 40 Kms from Srirangam, 40 Kms from Thiruvanaikaval, 10 Kms from Thottiyam, 42 Kms from Namakkal, 38 Kms from Thiruvellarai and 47 Kms from Trichy.
Thiruengoimalai can be reached from Kulithalai by crossing the Kaveri river and turning left. Also, Thiruengoimalai is located very near to Musiri. One can also travel from Trichy to Musiri and from there can go to Thiruengoimalai. Frequent bus facilities are available from Kulithalai and Musiri. Salem to Karur buses passes through this Village.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Kulithalai (7 Kms). Nearest Major Railway Station is located at Trichy (45 Kms).
Nearest Airport is Trichy Airport located at about 52 Kms from the Temple.
Thiruengoimalai, Via Manamedu,
Tiruchirappalli District – 621209
Phone: +91 4326 262744
Mobile: +91 9443950031 / 9095102695 / 9095102696 / 9944120135