'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.

The Lord who worshiped Himself! - Sri Aiyaarappar (Thiruvaiyaru)

History of the Temple:

here were 24 Shaiva Brahmins in Thiruvaiyaru who were authorized to perform the worship services to the deity. One of them undertook a trip to Banares. As he didn't return, the remaining 23 Brahmins took over his properties. The wife and the son of the Adhi Shaiva, who didn't return, appealed to God for help in the injustice done to them. To teach the Shaivites a lesson and to help the wronged mother and son, God assumed the form of the Shaivite who had gone to Banares, came to Thiruvaiaru with the Ganges water and performed worship at the temple. The wife and her son were very happy, the 23 Shaivites became subdued.

After a few days, the original Brahmin returned from Banares and confusion arose as to who was the real one. When all assembled to know the truth, the Shaivite who came first disappeared to the realization of everyone that it was Lord Siva Himself who had come as the Aadhi Shaivite. Thus Lord Siva worshipped His own self at this temple, when He came as the Aadhi Shaivite. Thiruvaiyaru is one among the six Siva sthalams on the banks of River Cauvery that are considered holy on par with Banares. The other five are - Thiruvenkadu, Sayavanam, Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvidaimaruthur and Thiruvanjiyam.

Structure and Architecture of the temple:

The temple is very big, built on a 15-acre land area with a Rajagopuram of seven levels and with 5 praharas. The temple is renowned for the three glories – moorthi, sthalam and tank. Dakshinamoortham in the first prahara has its own specialty. There's a separate temple for Somaskandar at the second prahara. At the nearby Jabbeswara mandap, Panchaboothalingams, Saptakannis, Aadhi Vinayaka and Navagrahas have been installed. Also, the statues of Vinayaka, Subrahmanyar, Somaskandar, Dakshinamoorthy and Nataraja have been installed. At the third prahara, there are two towers, one at the east and the other at the south. At the fourth prahara, Suryapushkaranitheertham and North Kailash are situated. There are towers on all the four sides of this prahara. At the fifth prahara, east-facing Aiyaarappar sannadhi and the sannadhi of Thiripurasundhari are located. There are separate Rajagopurams for the sannadhis of Swami and Ambal.


There are separate temples with east-facing sannadhis for both the Lord and His consort. Moolavar Aiyaarappar is a swayambu lingam. It is a Prithvi lingam. So, thereÂ’s no abhishekam for it. Abhishekam is performed only for Avudaiyar. The Goddess Dharmasamvardhini is also known as Aram valartha nayaki. She is portrayed like Mahavishnu with Her left arm resting on her waist and with conch and charka in Her two upper hands. 

Dhanush Subrahmanyam:

Here, Lord Muruga, portrayed with a bow, spear and arrow in His hands is called Dhanush Subrahmanya. He is portrayed with one face and four hands, with His two consorts, one on each side and with a south-facing peacock at His back. ArunagirinatharÂ’s Thirupugazh contains a song on Lord Muruga of this sthalam.


The Dakshinamoorthy here is called Srihari Gurusivayoga Dakshinamoorthi. The figure of a tortoise has been installed underneath the foot of the deity. The Aatkondar sannadhi at the entrance of the south tower is very important. As the devotees offer incense at the sacrificial fire, its fragrance will be pervading the atmosphere here. Aatkondar is the form taken By Lord Siva when He saved the boy Sucharita from Yama. The practice is people prostrate before Aatkondar before entering the temple. The belief is if we pray to Him weÂ’ll get over the fear of death. 


When Sundarar and Cheraman Peruman came to Thiruvaiyaru, River Cauvery was in floods. When Sundarar, who was at the other bank sang a pathigam, Vinayakar who was on the other side, controlled the floods by shouting ‘Olam, olamÂ’. He is called Olamitta Vinayakar because of this. 

Kailash as seen by Thirunavukkarasar:

Thirunavukkarasar wanted to visit Kailash to have a darshan of Lord Siva. He asked his fellow men to stay back at Banares and left for Kailash all alone. The journey was very difficult, when he couldnÂ’t walk any more; he tried to cover the distance by crawling. The Lord, who saw Thirunavukkarasu struggling, wanted to help him. He created a tank nearby and took the form of a sage and approached Thirunavukkarasu and told him to return, explaining the difficulties in the journey to Kailash. But Thirunavukkarasu was adamant. Lord Siva called out to Thirunavukkarasu from Heaven and told him to immerse in the tank and appear at Thiruvaiyaru where he could have a darshan of Him. Accordingly, Thirunavukkarasu appeared at the Suriya pushkarani theertham. Lord Siva blessed him with a vision of Kailash. The north Kailash and south Kailash at the outer prahara of the temple are not to be missed. 

Information desk:

Sthalam: Thiruvaiyaru Deity: Aiyaarappar, Panchanadheswarar Goddess: Dharmasamvardhini, Thiripurasundhari Pathigam: Thirunavukkarasar 12, Sundarar 1, Thirugyanasambhandar 5 Route: It is situated at the centre of Thiruvaiyaru town, which is at 10 km distance from Thanjavur district.