Marudanda Nadeswarar Temple, Angarai, Trichy
|Deity:||Marudanda Nadeswarar, Shiva|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
Marudandhan was the son of the sage Suholar. The sage drove away his consort (mother of Marudandhan) on charges of adultery, and thereafter she led an immoral life. As Marudandhan grew, he became a friend of the prince of the country. The prince was a lustful and salacious youth. Marudandhan too got influenced by him and became lustful. Once, womanizing, both went to an elderly woman and made merry together. Then she realized that the adult who accompanied the prince was her son. Knowing this, Marudandhan, began to lament loudly at the sin he had had committed. Pricked by this ill feeling, he discarded the material life and went to the forest and began to meditate.
Pleased by his sincere and strong penance, Lord Shiva appeared before him. He pardoned the sin, as it was done unknowingly. However, Lord Shiva said. “Any man should see a woman as a mother only”. To make the world realize this I enacted this horrible drama. In the ‘Kali Yuga’ many such incidents may happen. The guilty should realize the sin and repent. Still, being wreck with this conscience thrashing him, Marudandhan asked, for atonement. Lord Shiva asked him to construct a temple and pray towards him every day will give him a peace at mind. Marudandhan built a temple out of his own resources after this and worshipped every day. Ambal pacified him. She is called Sundara kanchani here.
Presiding Deity is called as Marudanda Nadeswarar and Mother is called as Sundara Kanchani. Though the temple is facing east, the south facing entrance only is in use. While the shrine of Lord faces east, that of Mother is facing South in a single hall – mandapam. The devotee can go around the shrines simultaneously. This is a rare model. The temple has a one Prakara-corridor only having shrines for Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka, Gajalakshmi, Durga, Chandikeswara and Navagrahas – the 9 planets. The consecration of the temple was performed last in the year 1968.
Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 each year, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aadi Kruthikai in June-July, Vinayak Chaturthi mostly during August-September, Navarathri during September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple with special pujas.
People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage alliances, for child boon and excellence in education. Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras (clothes) to Lord and Mother.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Santhai Pettai Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Lalgudi, 2 Kms from Lalgudi Bus Station, 3 Kms from Lalgudi Railway Station, 2 Kms from Mandurai, 14 Kms from Srirangam, 21 Kms from Trichy and 26 Kms from Trichy Airport.