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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar:
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Shivakula Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kamika Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Chaturvedi Mangalam
  City: Manakkal
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Tamil new year day falling almost on April 14, Vaikasi Visagam in May-June, Aipasi Annabhishekam in October-November, Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Fortnighrly Pradosha pujas, New Moon days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Surya puja is performed in the evenings of month of Thai – January-February – when the rays of Sun fall on the feet of Lord.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  From 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Agastheeswarar-Soundarya Nayaki Temple, Kumbakonam Main Road, Manakkal post, Kudavasal Taluk, Tiruvarur – 610 014  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 72995 55527 
    
 General Information:
     
  The entrance of the temple is on the western side with Pancha Murthis since there is no Rajagopuram here.  Lord Omkara Ganapathi is on the right side with one Kalasa in a separate shrine, Lord Subramanya with consorts Valli and Deivanai on the left with one Kalasa, Lord Chandikeswar facing south on the rear side with one Kalasa appear on the four sides of the temple.  The holy tree Vilwa is opposite to the kitchen – Madapalli.  Lord Dakshinamurthi is facing south.
There are 14 pillars in the main Nandhi mandap.  Nandhi and Bali peeta are nearby.  Mother Soundarya Nayaki graces the devotees from Her shrine facing east.  Lord Bhairava, Planets Saneeswara and Moon are nearby facing west.  There are 8 pillars in the Mahamandap.  Lord Mahalingam graces from the eastern side.  There is a box nearby containing Thirumurais – hymns sung in praise of Lord – and a beautiful painting. Lord Nardana Vinayaka appears on the west.  Lord Adhikara Nandhi blesses in a reclining form.  Lord Agastheeswa graces from a shrine in the sanctum Sanctorum (with one Kalasa).   The antiquity of the temple is believed to be between 1000-1500 years.  The last consecration of the temple was performed on September 15, 2013.
As many Vedic pundits lived here in days of yore, the place was known as Chaturvedi Mangalam.  Lord Abhimukteeswarar temple sung by Saint Appar is also nearby.  The history of Manakkal once called Iyampettai is not known.
 
     
Prayers
    
  People pray to Lord and Mother for child boon and agreement on marriage talks.
 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform special pujas to Lord and Mother in Their wedding form, with new clothes and garlands. Also such pujas are offered to Lord Muruga on Tuesdays, Kruthika star days and Sashti days. Hurdles go off in wedding talks. Devotees pray to Lord Bhairava on Ashtami day in new moon fortnight for prosperity and also to Sowbagaya Vinayaka on Chaturthi days.  
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Manakkaal has the reputation of being south of Sri Nachiar Koil, west of Tirukkannapuram Sowriraja Perumal, south of Lord Abhimukteeswarar temple, 18 temples, 18 holy tanks and 18 streets.  Saint Apppar Swamigal had sung the praise of the Lord.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Sage Agasthya performed penance here for grant of the wedding darshan of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi that took place in mount Kailash.  Hence the name of the Lord is Agastheeswara. Mother Parvathi performed penance here to have the hand of Lord and the wedding took place at Tirukaraveeram.  Remembering the event, there are shrines of Lord and Ambika here. It is said that Mother stayed in the virgin house for a night before leaving for mount Kailash.  Hence, Mother is praised as Andhapura Nayaki. Andhapuram is part of a palace where only women are permitted.  The antiquity of the temple goes back to 1500 years.  This is one of the 108 Shiva temples built by the Cholas.  As the epigraphic details are much ruined due to age, a correct history is not available. There are some evidence of Saint Appar had sung hymns about the nearby Peruvalur and this temple, he could have also sung the praise of Lord Agastheeswara of Mankkal temple.  The temple was in a dilapidated condition for many years.  One Ms. Thyageswari, a worker in a noon-meal centre here took pains to renovate the temple and also celebrate the consecration.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The rays of Sun fall on the feet of the Lord in this temple in the evening of Thai Month –January-February- when Surya puja is performed.
 
     
     
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