DSC01579, Thirunandheeswarar Temple, Manavur, Thiruvallur
DSC01579, Thirunandheeswarar Temple, Manavur, Thiruvallur

Thirunandheeswarar Temple, Manavur, Thiruvallur

Date built:
Deity: Thirunandheeswarar
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Manavur
District:: Thiruvallur
Address: Thirunandheeswarar Temple,Manavur,Thiruvallur District – 631 210
Phone +91 80122 47358 / 80987 95873 / 94449 17124
 Thirunandheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Manavur village near Thiruvalangadu in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nandheeswarar and Mother is called as Ananthavalli. The Village Manavur was called as Manavur Kottam during Chozha period. The Temple is believed to be 1200 years old.
The temples in Manavur has been built with perfect alignment as mentioned in the Aagama Sastras (Karshanathi, Prathishtandham, Prathishtandhi, Uthsavandham and Uthsavandhi). Karkadeswarar Temple is built in Easanya, Vijayaraghava Perumal temple in Nirudhi moola, Sakthi Ganapathi temple facing north and Kandasamy temple facing east have been consecrated.


Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 08.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.


Margazhi Thiruvizha in the months of Dec and Jan and 11 days Vaikasi Visakam Utsavam are the festivals celebrated here.


Worshipping Lord Vinayaga of this Sthala helps cure aliments related to stomach. Those who have huge debts, worship goddess Ananthavalli for six weeks by lighting a deepam with lemon shell, will get their debts cleared. Since Sage Agastya got to witness the wedding of Lord Shiva, worshipping the deities of the temple removes obstacles to marriages. This is a parihara Sthalam for delay in marriage.

Lord Brihaspathi (Guru) present in the outer sannidhi, when worshipped every Thursday by lighting a ghee deepam, facilitates timely marriage, when there are marriage obstacles. It is a general practice in villages that the panchayat decisions or people’s issues will be addressed amidst large village gathering. Before such important decisions/verdicts are to be made, people promise in front of lord Poi Solla Pillaiyar and then decide.

Legend / Local stories

Inscriptions found in Koovam and Thakkolam temples talk about the glory of this temple. Manavur, dates back to the 7th century AD when the Kurumbas ruled the ancient Thondai Mandalam. They divided it into 24 divisions of which Manavur happened to be the 4th division. True to its legacy, this small village boasts of several inscriptions and sculptures found in the sanctum sanctorum of the 1200-year old Thirunandeeswarar, Kandaswamy and Vinayagar temples. Of the three, the villagers have embarked on a mission to renovate the Thirunandeeswarar temple, which is in a dilapidated state.

Thirunandheeswarar & Nandhi Theertham:

Nandhi Bhagavan, initiated a sacred water source, which is now serving as the temple tank, took holy dip in the beautiful temple pond, worshipped lord Shiva and got his curse relieved. Hence the temple tank has the name Nandi Theertham and the Lord is called Thirunandeeswarar. It is also believed that Ganga Devi who captivated in Lord Shiva’s Head, is the source of water flow to this temple tank.


Lord Shiva after his celestial dance performance in Thiruvalangadu, which Karaikal Ammaiyar witnessed, came to Manavur and gave darshan to sage Agasthiar with his consort Ananthavalli. There is a famous saying “ஆடியது ஆலங்காட்டில், அமர்ந்தது திருவூறலில், மணந்தது மணவூரில்”. Which means, Lord Shiva danced in Thiruvalangadu, rested in Thiruvooral (now known as Thakkolam) and married Parvathi at Manavur. Hence the village got the name Manavur.

Temple Door:

It is also being said that when this temple was well maintained, the doors of this temple, when closed, the bell sound will be heard in Chidambaram, only after which the Chidambaram temple will be closed. Also, during mogul invasion, the villagers, in a measure to save such beautiful doors, seem to have hid these doors, by throwing it in the village pond.

Construction of Rajagopuram:

There was story for the construction of Rajagopuram. When they tried to construct the Rajagopuram and do the Kumbabishekam, faced lot of problems and work was moving in a snail space. After prasannam they came to know that the delay was due to neglect of Ganapathy temple in front of Rajagopuram. After Kumbabishekam was performed to Rajaganapathy, they could able to construct the Rajagopuram without any hurdle.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 400 meters from Manavur Railway Station, 4 Kms from Pazhayanur, 5 Kms from Thiruvalangadu, 9 Kms from Perambakkam, 15 Kms from Thiruvallur, 17 Kms from Thakkolam, 23 Kms from Arakkonam, 67 Kms from Chennai and 59 Kms from Chennai Airport. T2 Bus is available from Thiruvallur to Thiruvalangadu via Manavur (Daily two trips only). Manavur Railway Station is very near to the village on the Chennai to Arakkonam route and it is 4 stations away from Thiruvallur enroute Arakkonam-Central.

Contact Details

Thirunandheeswarar Temple
Thiruvallur District – 631 210
Phone: +91 44 2461 1244
Mobile: +91 80122 47358 / 80987 95873 / 94449 17124
Mobile: +91 99404 44681 / 98841 26417

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