Nallandavar Temple, Manaparai, Trichy
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
The place where Lord Sri Rama killed the magic deer (Poonduthal or Saithal in Tamil means killing) came to be known as Maan (deer) Poondi. Later, it changed as Mamundi according the history of the place.
There is also the story linking the place with a king named Mamundi Vallal who was both a powerful warrior and generously charitable. He also had some super powers. As he protected the people from robbers and gave good governance, the place is named after him as Mamundi.
While the Saptha Kannikas, Brahmi, Maheswari, Goumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indirani and Chamundi were bathing in the tank in the northern side of the place, some rowdies came there and harassed them. They cried for help. Nallandavar King Mamundi rushed immediately and drove them away and protected the Kannikas. Thanking Mamundi for his prompt and timely help, they said that as their elder brother, he would be respected by as Nallannan, Nallandavar, Nalliah and Mamundi.
The temple has a long compound wall. Presiding Deity is called as Nallandavar / Mamundi. Elephant is the vehicle of Lord Nallandavar with Puli Karuppannasami as guardian deity with horse as his vehicle. There are individual shrines for God Anumadhi Vinayaka, Madurai Veeran, Parikarar, Ezhu Karuppanaswami, Omkara Vinayaka, Pechiamman, Pattathu Yanai, Nallandavar Yanai, Teppakulam Murugan and Sri Anjaneya.
Saptha Kannikas are respected as the sisters of Nallandavar and are installed nearby in a separate shrine. Pujas are performed first only to Saptha Kannikas. An ascetic from North named Lada Sanyasi was asked by Nallandavar to stay here itself to help the devotees and bless them. Accordingly, the saint is here in a separate shrine with his legs tied. Second Puja is offered to him. The third puja goes to God Nallandavar. Sthala Vriksham is Kattu Minnai tree.
Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
- Kaala Santhi (08.45 AM. to 09.00 AM.)
- Uchikalam (12.45 PM. to 01.00 PM.)
- Sayaratchai (05.45 PM. to 06.00 PM.)
- Arthajamam (07.45 PM. to 08.00 PM.)
- Dhanur Month Special Pooja (05.00 AM. to 06.00 AM.)
Chithirai Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 or a day before or after occasionally in some years, Aadi Fridays in July-August, Avani Uriyadi, Purattasi Saturdays and Bow festival in September-October, Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Thai Pongal falling almost on January 14, Maha Shivarathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the important festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray to Lord Nallandavar seeking solutions for problems in families, brothers, problems between husband and wife, remedy for poisonous bites for psychological problems in women etc. It is firmly believed that Lord Nallandavar blesses the devotees as their own brother with solutions. Devotees offer dhoti, upper cloth, Parivattam (turban) and perform archanas to Lord Nallandavar.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Manapparai, 4 Kms from Manapparai Bus Station, 4 Kms from Manapparai Railway Station, 12 Kms from Thogaimalai, 41 Kms from Trichy and 42 Kms from Trichy Airport.
Manaparai – 621 306
Phone: +91 4332 267 586
Mobile: +91 98658 55061 / 95784 24680