'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.

Sri Chandramouleeswara temple - Thiruvakkarai

Chandramouleeswara temple - Thiruvakkarai

The Chandramouleeswara temple at Thiruvakkarai is the 30th sthala among the 32 sthalas in erstwhile Thondaimandala that have been sung. The shrine has earned fame and popularity because of the power of the deity Vakrakaliyamman there. The ancient name of the place was Vakrapuri. Devotees believe that all our hardships and miseries will be removed if we pray and worship at this temple. Let us visit this renowned sthala.


A Rajagopuram with seven levels and with beautiful carvings stands majestically at the main entrance of the temple. The Rajagopuram, kodikambam and Nandi all are located side by side. If we turn to the left after entering through the Rajagopuram, we can see the sannidhi of Vakrakali Amman. Opposite to this is situated the sannidhi of Athmalinga, facing the west. To the left is situated parrot tower and Nandi is located facing it. To the right of Nandi is located a 100-pillar mandap, which is called Thirukalyan mandap. Then, we can reach the sanctum.

The presiding deity is portrayed as a three-face linga. Dwarabalakas are seen each on either side of the sanctum. At the inner circle of the sanctum, we see the statues of Nalvar, Vinayaka, Subrahmanya, Vishnu, Durga and Arthanareeswara. To the south of the sanctum is situated the jeevasamadhi of Kundalamamuniva, a siddha. Opposite to this, we see the sannidhi of Sri Varadaraja Perumal, facing the west. At the back of the sannidhi is situated Sahasralinga sannidhi, facing the east. Navagraha sannidhi is situated opposite and Vadivambika sannidhi is situated near it, facing the south. As all the sannidhis here are in a vakra state, the sthala is considered a vakradosha nivarthi temple.

Chandramouleeswara temple - Thiruvakkarai


Vakrasuran, a demon got the boon of immortality from Lord Siva through the power of his penance. He grew arrogant and started torturing the Devas. When the Devas complained to the Lord about the demon, the Lord asked Vishnu to destroy the demon. Lord Vishnu took the form of Varadaraja Perumal, fought with the demon and killed him. As Thunmuki, the sister of the demon was also committing atrocities; Parvathy Devi wanted to kill her. Thunmuki was pregnant at that time. The Devi tore the abdomen of Thunmuki and wore the fetus as her ear ring at her right ear. Then, the Devi killed Thunmuki. The Devi has been portrayed as Sri Vakrakali at this temple due to this reason.

The temple dates back over 2000 years. It has been sung by Thirugyanasambhanda and Thirunavukarasa in Devaram. The date of the temple has been found to be belonging to the age of Kandar Sambhuvaraya of Pandya kingdom. The front mandap, the 100-pillar mandap and the compound wall, all are made of granite. At the roof of the Rajagopuram, the figures of ashtadikbalas have been carved. On the pillars at the Amman sannidhi, the figures of danseuses have been beautifully carved. Statues of a warrior on a horse and a chariot with two wheels being drawn by two horses are there at the 100-pillar mandap. All the statues look very real and highly artistic.

Forty-three stone inscriptions that stand as evidences for the glory of this temple have been found here. They give details about the renovation work, services etc. done to this temple by the kings, their queens, deputies and officials, starting from the time of king Rajaraja I to the time of king Semmandai Kangeya. The date starts from 1430 A. D.

Vakrakali Amman Thiruvakkarai

Vakrakali Amman

The temple became famous because of the deity Vakrakali Amman. Normally, Kali temples are located at the limits of the hamlets. But here, the Kali temple is situated near the entrance of the Rajagopura. The Kali has been portrayed with a skull as Her crown, the fetus of Thunmuki as her ear-ring and with charka, sword and skull in Her hands and wearing a garland of skulls. As the Kali is in an ugra state, Sri Adi Shankara has established a Sri Chakra to Her left. It is believed that the doshas in the horoscopes are neutralized by worshipping Vakrakali here. Those whose marriages are delayed and those with no offspring get relief by praying at this temple. And, all other problems are also solved, the devotees say.

Crow, the mount of Sani bhagwan, has been placed leftward, different from those in other temples. Devotees say that all problems are solved by worshipping this vakra Sani bhagwan. Also, the main deity Chandramouleeswara blesses His devotees with redemption from their sins and miseries. Devotees get peace of mind, redeemed from the sins of their previous births and relieved from all the obstacles and miseries. It is considered very auspicious to have jothi darshan on three consecutive Full Moon days, and have jothi darshan in the morning on New Moon days. It is believed that by doing this, we can achieve what we want.


The temple can be reached by traveling in the bus that ply on the Thindivanam-Pondichery route through Mailam and by getting down at Perumpakkam. The temple is located at a distance of 7 km from here. The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.