Matrurai Varadeeswarar Temple, Thiruvasi, Manachanallur, Trichy

Matrurai Varadeeswarar Temple, Thiruvasi, Manachanallur, Trichy

Date built:
Deity: Matrurai Varadeeswarar
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Thiruvasi, Manachanallur
District:: Trichy
Address: Matrurai Varadeeswarar Temple,Thiruvasi, Manachanallur Taluk,Trichy District – 621216
Phone +91 94436 92138 / 98656 64870 / 9786905159
 Matrurai Varadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruvasi Village in Manachanallur Taluk in Trichy District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Maatrurainathar / Sameevaneswarar / Matrurai Varadeeswarar / Brahmapureeswarar. Mother is called as Balambigai / Bala Soundary. Tiruvasi (the corruption of its ancient name of Tiruppachil Ashramam) is located on the northern bank of river Kollidam (Coloroon).  This temple is the 116th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 62nd Sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery of Chozha Naadu. Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Also, in ancient times this place was densely populated with Vanni trees. For this reason, this place is also known as Sameevanam and the lord here is praised as Sri Sameevaneswarar. The temple has been constructed /expanded by different kings like Raja Raja Cholan I, Sundara Pandian, Kulothunga Cholan I and Krishna Deva Rayar. As per the stone inscriptions, during AD 1253 the Hoysala King ‘Veera Someswaran’ who ruled this area from Samayapuram as capital has generously offered ten thousand kalam (type of measurement) of paddy every year.

Temple Opening Time

The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Pooja Timings

S. No Pooja Name Pooja Timings
1 Kaala Santhi 08.00 A.M
2 Uchi Kaalam 11.30 A.M
3 Sayaratchai 05.00 P.M
4 Arthajamam 07.30 P.M

Festivals

11 day Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai Arudra Darshan in December-January, Thirukarthigai in November-December and Thai Poosam in January-February are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Other festivals like Vinayagar Chathurthi, Vijayadashami and Kanda Shashti are also celebrated in this Temple. Monthly Pradosham is also observed regularly.

Prayers

People pray to Lord lighting lamps with Iluppai oil for family welfare and removal of evil effects surrounding the family.  People also pray to Mother seeking child boon. Offering Sweet Pongal to God on Monday (or Thursday) and getting the holy water sprinkled is considered equivalent to visiting Kasi. Devotees believe that worshipping the goddess here for 5 consecutive Fridays will remove obstacles from their marriage proposals.

It is also believed that devotees who are facing stomach related illnesses, nervous weakness, epilepsy and paralysis can worship Lord Natarajar here for one Mandalam (45 days) to get relief. Parihar for snake bit, Epilepsy, Stomach ache, Paralysis &Asthma are cured by offering Vanni leaf archana to the Lord Nataraja. Thiruvasi is considered to be equivalent to visiting Kasi (Banaras). This temple is famous as a Parihara Sthalam for those suffering from Balarishta Dosham.

Architecture

Legend / Local stories

Sarpa Nataraja:

Kolli hills was ruled over by ‘Kolli Mazhavan’. His daughter was bitten by a snake. He treated medically to save his daughter life and found no way. At last he gave up his hope and left her at the temple step and started praying the lord. Saint Tirugnanasambandar came to this place during his pilgrimage and found the girl suffering. The king explained to the saint the sick story of his daughter and begged him for remedy.  Saint Sambandar sang ten verses (Pathigam) in praise of Lord Nataraja with “Thunivar Thingal” as the first line.

As he completed each stanza, he sang “Mangai Vaada mayal seivado ivar maanbu” (“மங்கையை வாட மயல் செய்வதோ இவர் மாண்பு”) which means is it right to make this lady suffer?). Lord felt so happy and started to dance for his song, and brought back the snake and made it to take back its venom. Based on this event, Lord Nataraja appears here with his hair tied and dancing on a serpent. He is praised as Sarpa Nataraja. This is a rare darshan of the Lord.

Mother married Lord Shiva here:

Once a business man and a Shiva devotee called Kamalan was childless. One day when he was going home from the temple he heard a child crying and found a baby in a lotus flower. He named her Amalai and brought her up. When the child was ready for marriage, he wanted her to be married to his brother-in-law. Amalai was a great devotee of Shiva and so wanted to marry Shiva. Shiva came to their house as Kamalan’s brother-in-law and married Amalai.

After the marriage, they both left the house saying that they are going to the temple. After they left, original brother-in-law returned home, only then they realized something had happened. They went to temple in search of Amalai and knowing this, Amalai threw her anklet back and it turned to be a river and started flowing. This river came to be known as Silambu river but its name was later changed to Panguni river. Amalai was Parvathi Devi herself and Shiva and Parvathi Devi gave Dharshan to all the people on the Rishaba Vahana.

Mattru Urai Nathar:

Saint Sundarar used to get gold from Lord Shiva to feed and maintain Shiva devotees following him. After worshipping the Lord in Tiruvanaikkaa, he came to this temple and sang in praise of the Lord seeking gold. Lord Shiva kept mum. Angry Sundarar sang another Pathigam (ten verses) in a loud voice questioning whether there is one called Lord Shiva. Sundarar got the gold. Yet he was doubtful about its purity and was closely looking at it. Two men came there and asked the saint why he was looking at the gold. Sundarar sought their help in the valuation.

One of them confirmed the purity of the metal while the other approved it. Both disappeared instantly. Sundarar sang again saying that he did not mean to doubt the Lord. Lord appeared before him and said that he alone was the assessor and his companion was Lord Vishnu. Hence the Lord is named Mattru Urai Nathar – God who confirmed the touch of gold – Mattru means the touch of the gold.

Brahmapuriswarar:

As Lord Brahma is believed to have worshiped the lord here, the lord is also known as “Sri Brahmapuriswarar”.

People worshipped Lord Shiva here:

It is believed that Lord Brahma, Goddess Parvathi, Goddess Lakshmi and Sage Agasthiar have worshipped Lord Shiva of this temple.

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How to Reach:

Thiruvasi is located on the Trichy – Salem route via Ayyanpalayam. Thiruvasi is on the enroute to Musiri on the north river side. Thiruvasi is located at about 8 Kms from Manachanallur, 5 Kms from Uthamar Kovil, 3 Kms from Pachur, 9 Kms from Thiruvanaikaval, 8 Kms from Thiruppaingneeli, 12 Kms from Samayapuram, 13 Kms from Woraiyur, 26 Kms from Anbil, 12 Kms from Thiruvellarai, 9 Kms from Srirangam and 16 Kms from Trichy.

By Road:

Buses are available from Thiruchi Chathiram bus stand. From Trichy Town bus route Nos 60 & 40 are passing through this village. From bus stop one has to walk to the temple on the dusty road. The Temple is located at about 650 meters from Thiruvasi Bus Stop. Thiruvasi is located at about 16 Kms from Trichy Central Bus Stand and 11 Kms from Chatiram Bus Station.

By Train:

Nearest Railway Station is Uthamar Kovil Railway Station located at about 5 Kms from the Temple. Nearest Major Railway Stations are located at Srirangam (9 Kms) and Trichy (20 Kms).

By Air:

Nearest Airport is Trichy Airport located at about 21 Kms from the Temple

Contact Details

Matrurai Varadeeswarar Temple,
Thiruvasi, Manachanallur Taluk,
Trichy District – 621216
Phone: +91 431 6574 972
Mobile: +91 94436 92138 / 98656 64870 / 9786905159
Mobile: +91 9715714228 / 9790382472 / 9842586243