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Sri Vadaaraneswarar - Thiruvalangadu

There are thirty-two sthalams in Thondai Nadu that had been sung by the Saivite saints. Thiru Aalangadu is the fifteenth. Let us go to Thiru Aalangadu for temple darshan this week.

History of the temple:

The sthalam was full of banyan trees. It got the name Aalangadu (also known as Vadaaranyam in Sanskrit meaning a Banyan forest) after the Lord emerged and danced there in the forest full of banyan trees. The temple is considered as Rathnasabha, one among the five mandrams or dancing halls of the Nataraja . Lord Siva danced ferociously for the sake of Kaali. Pathanjali and Vyakkirapadha sages were blessed with the vision of this heavenly dance. Blessed by the God in Thirukayilai, Karaikkal Ammaiyar came to this sthalam, walking on her head and was blessed to have a vision of the divine dance. 

When Thirugyanasambhandar, hesitating to put his feet on this sthalam was sleeping in nearby Pazhaiyanur, he suddenly got up at the thought of the Lord and sung a Thirupathigam. Sundaramoorthy Swami sung from a distance, “Aththa, aalangada …”. Thirunavukarasar explained about theertham, its beneficial effects etc. in this sthalam. The sthalam has the pride where all the seventy Vellalars of Pazhaiyanur immolated themselves to keep up their word of honor to the trader who died due to the scheming of Neeli, proving that for them a word was more important than life. Many great people like Karaikkal Ammaiyar, Pattinathaar, Kachiyappa Sivachariar, Ramalinga Swamigal, Pomban Swamigal etc. have sung in praise of this sthalam. The temple is located in Aalangadu in the hamlet Pazhaiyanur. The residential areas adjoining the temple are called Thiru Aalangadu.


The temple, built on a 6-acre land has tall walls around it and is in the midst of natural village surroundings. It has a sannadhi facing the east and has a tower with five levels. On entering, we see Siddhi Vinayakar temple to our left. When we proceed, we see the sannadhi (Rathnasabha) of Thandavamoorthy (Lord Siva). The statue of Karaikkal Ammaiyar is seen at His feet. At the entrance of the inner prahara, Urchavamoorthy, the north-facing Thiru Aalangadu Kaali is seen. Moolasthana moorthy Sivalinga Peruman is called here as Devarsinga Peruman. 

At the inner prahara of the temple, Agora Veerabhadra is portrayed in the standing posture. The statues of Naalvar Perumakkal, Karaikkal Ammaiyar (moolavar moorthy) are in the same row. On the compound wall of the temple, the history of Karaikkal Ammaiyar has been sculptured at the left side, while, at the right side, the history of Thirukalyanam has been sculptured in series. At the head of the entrance of the sanctum, Lord Siva’s five sabhas have been sculptured. In the sanctum, the deity Vadaranyeswarar has been portrayed in the form of a lingam, facing the east. Amman temple is located facing the south at the outer prahara. The temple tank (theertham) is situated to the west of the temple. Adjoining this, Alangadu Kaali temple is situated. 

Karaikkal Ammaiyar:

Karaikkal Ammaiyar was born to a trader, Dhanadhattar after his prayers. Her original name was Punithavathy. She became a staunch devotee of Lord Siva, from the day she learned to talk. She married Paramadhathan, the son of a judge in Nagai. One day, Paramadhathan sent her two mangoes and she offered one to the Lord. She offered the other to her husband, and when he wanted the other mango too as the mango was very tasty, she got another one by the blessings of the Lord and offered it to her husband. Finding the fruit exceptionally tasty, Paramadhathan wondered how she got such an out of this world tasty fruit. When Punithavathy narrated the entire episode, he, doubting her words, asked her to get one more. Punithavathy prayed to the Lord and got another one. At this, her husband, fearing something unnatural about her, distanced himself from her. Punithavathy prayed to the Lord to take away all her beauty which she was bearing for the sake of her husband and give her the form of a ghost. She started walking towards Kailash on her head and was blessed with mukthi when she prayed to the dancing Lord at Thiruvaalangadu to keep her at His feet always.

Pancha sabhas:

Rathnasabha , Thiruvalangadu Anugrahathandavam

Kanakasabha , Ponnambhalam , Chidambaram, Aanandhathandavam

Velli ambalam , Madurai ,Sandhya thandavam

Thamirasabha , Thirunelveli , Muni thandavam

Chithrasabha , Thirukutralam , Thiripura thandavam

The most popular among these five sabhas is the Rathnasabha of Thiru Aalangadu. The sthala puranam says that this sthalam is more ancient than Chidambaram.

Urdhava Thandavam: Reasons for divine dances are given in the history of the concerned sthalams. It is said that sage Munjikesa, Karkodakan, Kaali and Karaikkal Ammaiyar had been responsible for the divine dance of Lord Siva in Thiru Aalangadu.

Important occasions: Four worship services are offered daily. Pradosham is celebrated twice a month. Karthigai light festival, Annabhishekam, Aadi poora thirukalyanam, Chathurthi, Navarathri, Natraja abhishekam Arudhra darshan in the Tamil month of Margazhi are the festivals celebrated by the management and devotees together. Chithrai peruvizha, celebrated yearly, is a special festival here. The devotees believe that they would be redeemed from their sins if they worship the deity during the festival.