'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.

Kamakshi Amman temple -Mangadu

Kamakshi Amman temple Mangadu

People seeking happiness, peace of mind and solace throng the Kamakshiu Amman temple at Mangadu 'sthala' due to the reason that the benevolent presiding deity never fails to grant the requests of Her devotees. Many years ago, the 'sthala' remained a dense mango grove and it was called 'Aamraranyam' in Sanskrit language as 'aam' means mango. The place got the name Mangadu due to the fact that it was a grove of mangos. The 'sthala purana' says that Goddess Parvathy did penance standing on the 'Panchagni' prepared by Her, praying to Lord Siva for reunion with Him.

'Sthala' for marriage

Mythology says that both the sun and the moon become inactive due to the prank of Goddess Parvathy who closes their eyes with Her hands in a playful mood. The enraged Lord Siva directs Parvathy to the earth telling Her to do penance there. And, Parvathy starts Her meditation for reunion with the Lord. She prepares five 'homakundas' and lights up fire in all of them. Then, she starts Her penance with the tip of Her toe of Her left leg touching the fire in the middle 'kunda', Her right leg placed above the thigh of Her left leg, Her left hand displaying the 'thava mudra' placed below Her navel, Her right hand raised above Her head holding a 'jabhamala' and Her eyes closed. In this posture, Parvathy does rigorous penance meditating on Lord Siva.

The Lord orders Parvathy to end Her penance and come to Kancheepuram. Parvathy builds a 'Sivalinga' with sand at Kancheepuram and marries the Lord. The rigorous penance done by Parvathy Devi implies that we'll have to make great efforts to achieve our goals; the sand-made 'Sivalinga' implies that success can be achieved only if we bring our mind under control getting rid of all our dispersed thoughts and concentrate on our goal.

Kamakshi Amman temple Mangadu

It is said that in Her hurry to marry the Lord, Parvathy forgot to extinguish the fire in the 'homakundas' and the place and its surroundings became dry due to the extreme heat and that the igneous atmosphere persisted over a long period of time. It was Sri Adi Sankara who neutralized the damage by establishing 'Sri Ardhameru Sri Chakra', made of the eight herbs called 'Ashtagandham' at the spot where Parvathy did the penance standing on one leg. The fire and the heat died down and the place became fertile again. 'Sri Chakra' is the chief divinity and is given prior importance at this 'sthala'. As it is made of herbs, no 'abhishek' is done to it. 'Kumkum archana', considered as special, is performed. It is said that Adi Sankara installed 'Adi Kamakshi' at the sanctum. The idol is made of 'panchalog', consisting of five metals. Regular 'Abhishek' and decoration are done to the idol.

Prayer request for marriage

The 'sthala' is considered a marriage 'prarthana sthala' because of the reason that Goddess Parvathy did penance for Her marriage with the Lord. Six-week worship is a very popular practice here. Those waiting for marriage should carry a lemon and have 'darshan' of the deity on any day of the week, continuing their worship on the same day of the week for six consecutive weeks. They would take that lemon as 'prasadam' with them. They believe that their request is granted within six weeks. On the day during the sixth week, they offer evaporated milk, flowers and fruits to the deity and complete their commitment.

Address & Worship services

'Arulmigu' Sri Kamakshi Amman temple, Mangadu - 602 101, Kancheepuram district.

The temple is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. On other days the temple is open from 6 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.; from 3 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Devotees are expected to register with the temple one month in advance for 'abhishek'. Advance registration is done for 'Sahasranama archana', 'Oonjal sevai' and 'Thangaratham' also.