Thirumanangeeswarar, Thiruvudai Amman Temple, Melur, Minjur, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 08.00 AM to 11:30 AM and 04.00 PM to 7.00 PM.
Special prayers are offered to this Devi by offering yellow saree & mangoes for Naivaethiyam.
Legend / Local stories
This place was once a forest filled with trees and shrubs with sweet-smelling flowers and was known as Suganda Vanam (Suganda-indicating sweet smelling, Vanam-forest). A rich man found his cow showering its milk into a shrub which was in the form of a Shivalingam and a snake consuming the milk and going inside. He covered this Swayambu Lingam (self-occurring) with an armour and started worshiping the Lord as Sungandavaneswaran. In due course the name changed to Thirumanangeeswarar, supposedly a Tamil name.
One of the Tri Sakthi Temple:
For having playfully closed the eyes of Lord Shiva for three seconds and thus darkening the world. For this sin, Lord Shiva cursed his consort Parvati to be borne in the world thrice (Icha Sakthi, Gnana Sakthi and Kriya Sakthi) after which he will appear and marry her again. This is the story behind the three temples. The divine wedding is also believed to have happened here.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Minjur, 10 Kms from Devadanam, 14 Kms from Ponneri, 23 Kms from Chennai and 53 Kms from Thiruvallur.
The temple is in Melur just before Minjur on the Ennore road. Buses are also available from CMBT, Broadway etc. to Minjur, but they are very infrequent. When going by bus to Minjur, there is a bus stop at Melur which comes before Minjur. From the bus stop, the temple is around 1 km away.
The Temple is located at about 3.5 Kms from Minjur Railway Station. Local trains from Chennai Central go to Minjur in around an hour’s time. From the Minjur railway station, there are shared autorickshaws to Melur bus stop.
By Air:Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (40 Kms).