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Siva worshipped by Arjuna



Work is progressing at a slow pace at the Gurumanangudi Siva temple.

THE SIVA temple in Kurumanangudi village in Kizhvelur taluk, Nagapattinam district is in a dilapidated state. Said to belong to the Chozha period, the main deity of temple is Parthiswarar, Sri Akhilandeswari being His Consort. Legend has it that Arjuna (Parthan) did penance here to overcome enemies. He created the Parijatha Pushkarini and a garden of Parijatha trees. He worshipped Siva with the Parijatha (pavazhamalli) blossoms, performed yagas and was blessed by the deity.



The Sivalinga... now in Balalayam

Once upon a time teachers and disciples lived together, the former teaching students the Vedas and hence the name Guru-Maanakkar Kudi which has become Gurumanangudi. The village lies 1.5 km north of Neelappadi on the Tiruvarur-Nagapattianm bus route.

A group of devotees, whose native place is Gurumanangudi, and the villagers have taken up the renovation of the temple. The main deities and the idols of Subramanya and Vinayaka are now in Balalayam. Apart from building the vimana for the various shrines, plan includes the construction of a gopuram, mahamantapam and a protective wall around the temple. The estimate is Rs. 4-5 lakhs and work is progressing at a slow pace on account of dearth of funds. Donations in the form of cheques and demand drafts drawn in favour of V. Athmaraman and payable at a Chennai bank may be sent to No. 6, Plot No. 56, Anjaneyar Koil North Sannidhi Street, Maruthi Nagar, Rajakizhpakkam, Selaiyur, Chennai 600073. For details contact 9444038491.

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