'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Ayirathen Vinayagar temple - Arumuga Mangalam

Arumuga Mangalam Ayirathen Vinayagar

It is impossible to find someone who don't like Pillaiyar. Every one likes him and have him in their prayers for one reason or other. Though he is known as unmarried (brahmachari), he readily blesses any one who prays to him seeking his help for an early marriage. The pillaiyar said to have been established by goddess Uma with the blessings of God Shiva is normally seen under the trees close to the river banks in a penance pose. We all believe in the blessings of Pillaiyar and start any pooja with the first prayer to a small pillaiyar made of turmeric paste. Our faith in the blessings of Pillayar always prompts us to start any good or new work seeking his blessings.


It is no wonder, the people who have understood the virtues of the Pillayar constructed a separate temple for him about 2000 years ago at Arumuga Mangalam, a village close to Tuticorin, the southern most tip of Tamil Nadu. The Ayirethen Vinayagar Temple was the first temple ever constructed for the exclusive worship of Pillaiyar. The pillaiyar at the temple has a separate sanctum sanctorum, an exclusive flag mast and a temple car for the annual festival celebrations.

History of the temple

About 2000 years ago a king known as Somara Vallaban wanted to perform a yagna. To do the yagna he has brought 1008 Brahmins who were living close to the banks of river Narmadha. Before the start of the Yagna one of the Brahmins went missing, thus leading to virtual stopping of the yagna. Then, acceeding to the prayers of every one, God Vinayaka himself came as the 1008th brahmin to help completion of the yagna. He received the village Arumuga Mangalam as fees for participating in the yagna and stayed in the village. Because the Pillaiyar came as the 1008th brahmin and assisted to complete the yagna he is known as AAYIRATHEN VINAYAGAR.


The Brahmins who came to take part in the yagna established the Pillaiyar on the south banks of the village tank and started worshipping him. First they constructed the Karpagriha and Arthamandapam and installed the pillaiyar at the temple. After some years the sannidhis for Kalahastheeswarar and Ambal Kalyaniamman were constructed and a Mahamandapam was constructed. During later years, the surrounding mandapam and its ceiling were formed. In the outer mandapam you can see the sannidhi of god Murugan with Valli and Deivayanai. It is learnt the prresent flagmast and the rayar mandapam located west of the Altar were constructed during the King Krishnadevaraya. The Anjaneya sculpture installed in one of the pillars in the mandapam is said to be very unique in design and not found anywhere. The flag mast and the altar at the entrance of the temple is said to have been constructed by Ponnambala Thimbiran of Thiruvaduthurai Madam. The mandapam close to the alter is said to have been extended during Nayaka kings.


The devotees from Thiruvaduthurai Atheenam established the Esana Madam close to the temple and stayed in the village to regularise various festivals conducted in the temple. Even today the first day celebrations of Navarathri festival and the second day of Chithirai festival are organised by the Esana Madam at its own expenses. The statues of the Thambirans who regulated the festival arrangement at the temple can be seen in the prakaram of the temple.


The panchaloka statue of Nataraja in the temple is unique and adorns a crown and the thiruvasi of the stutue can be separated. It clearly shows the advance type of casting technology prevailed during the period. The temple is now managed by Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments and Consecration for the temple was performed in the years 1913, 1924, 1945 and 1983. During the 1945 consecration a new panchamuka (five faced) ganapathi statue was made of panchalokam. The statue with ten hands showing different mudras and carrying different weapons and in dancing posture is said to be very unique and rare.


The 10 days Brahmothsavam performed every year during the month of Chithira is vary famous and witnessed by a large gathering of people living closeby. During the festival the Pillayar is taken in procession under different Vahanas. On the 5th day festival, the Vinayakar is taken on Mooshika Vahanam, while Siva and Parvathi are taken out in Rishaba vahanam. It is a treat to watch both Sri Nataraja Murthy and Pillayar taken on a procession during the 7th day festival. The festival will come to an end with the temple car festival on the 10th day.


Special construction feature of the temple

The Pillaiyar temple is located in the middle, while the temples of village deities such Ilaya Nayanar, Thoppachi Amman, Sudalai Madan are located on the west, north and south directions respectively.


The benefits of offering prayer at the temple

The four-time poojas at the temple are performed by learned Sivachariyars. Pillaiyar is considered to be the Athi Devathai for the planet Kethu his joining with Kalahastheeswarar the siva deity of the temple is considered as very special. The temple is said to relief for those suffer from kethu and kalasarpa Doshams. For such people Ganapathi Homam, Navagriha homams and abisheka arathana are performed in the morning. The people who take part in the aradhana donate 108 or 1008 coconuts to the temple. In the evening they light 108 lamps and offer their prayers.
Those who suffer from marriage obstacles come to the temple and pray for an early marriage. On completion of the marriage they offer a garland of 108 or 1008 coconuts to the deity. Some of them light 108 lamps to complete their prayer.
People offer their prayers to the pillaiyar at the temple for personal requests such as beginning of a business, joining the children in school, to begin marriage related work and to complete construction related activities without obstacle.

Reaching the Temple

The temple can be reached from new bustand of Tirunelveli and by taking a bus to Earal. From Earal the village Arumuga Mangalam that lays around 7 KM can be reached ny mini bus or Auto rickshaw. Since the overnight stay facilities at Arumuga Mangalam are not adequate, the devotees are advised to stay at Tirunelveli and reach the temple.


Temple address

Ayirathen Vinayagar Thirukkovil
Arumuga Mangalam 628 802
Tuticorin Dist, Tamil Nadu
Phone 91 461 232 1486


Temple Opening Time

Morning 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM
Evening 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM