'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.

Swetharanyeswara Temple (Bhuda sthala) – Thiruvenkadu

Swetharanyeswara Temple (Bhuda sthala) – Thiruvenkadu

While River Cauvery is flowing gracefully to the south, Manikarnika is flowing with a titillating sound to the north. The Bay of Bengal borders the east. Just imagine a hamlet surrounded by water bodies on three sides, what a beautiful sight it would be! Thiruvenkadu was once a flourishing village blessed with nature's bounty. Today only the Bay of Bengal remains, with the other two having dried off totally. With fervent hope in our mind for the return of the flowing rivers, we entered the hamlet.

The temple, the fourth 'Navagraha sthala' of the nine 'Navagraha sthalas' in Tamil Nadu is the abode for Budha (planet Mercury). Let us see the features that add glory to the temple. Like all other temples, Thiruvenkadu temple also has the glory of 'Moorthy, sthala and theertha'. The belief is that Lord Nataraja danced here much earlier than he did at Chidambaram and the place acquired the name 'Aadhi Chidambaram' because of this incident. Valmiki Ramayana contains mention about this temple. Four Nayanmars, namely, Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar and Sambhandar had sung the glory of this shrine in their verses. The 'sthala' is one among the six 'sthalas' that are being glorified on par with Kasi. The place has the pride of enshrining a separate sanctum sanctorum for Bhuda, known as 'Vidyakaarakan', the bestower of wisdom and skills.


This majestic temple is situated at the center of the hamlet. The name Thiruvenkadu is the Tamil equivalent of the Sanskrit name 'Swetharanyam'. We can enter the temple through the Rajagopuram at the east. On entering, we see 'kodimaram', altar, figures of Nandikeswara and Vinayaka. After paying obeisance to them, we move forward to see 'Agnitheertham', 'Agneeswara' temple, 'oonjal mandap' and 'Meikandar' temple. On entering the southern 'prahara', we see 'Suryatheertha', 'Suryakoil', temple office at the outer 'prahara', granary and flower garden. The temple for Aarumuga, a hundred-pillar 'mandap' and a Sivalinga, called Veerapandiyan are located at the western outer 'prahara'. At the inner 'praharas', we see temples for all deities and many sculptures. It is worth spending our time studying and enjoying the beauty and divinity of these temples and sculptures.

Swetharanyeswara Temple (Bhuda sthala) – Thiruvenkadu


Swethaaranyeswara: Swethaaranyeswara (Thiruvenkaattudaiyaar) is portrayed in the form of a linga at the big 'sannidhi'. Figures of 'Dwarabalakas' are seen at the entrance.

Brahma Vidhyambika : There is a separate temple for Brahma Vidhyambika, the consort of Swethaaranyeswara from where She blesses her devotees with all Her grace. The 'puranas' say that She was born to sage Mathanga, did penance on Lord Siva and married the Lord. So, She is also called Matangi. Because She taught Brahma, She is known as Brahma Vidhyambika. She has been portrayed with four hands, Her left upper arm holding a lotus flower and right upper arm an 'akshramala'. She holds Her right lower arm in a gesture depicting 'abhayam' (help) and left lower arm in a blessing gesture.

Lord Natraja: The sculptures of Lord Natraja depicting various dancing poses are really very rare pieces that are beyond description in beauty. The Lord has a separate 'sannidhi' too. The stone inscriptions refer to Him as 'Aadavallaan'. And there is a linga in 'spatika' and a 'secret' as the 'sthala' is also known as 'Aadhi Chidambaram'. Daily, four 'abhishek' services are being offered to this linga. The divine manifestation of the Lord indicates many truths: It is said that the 14-bead 'kaappu' at His ankle indicates 14 earths; the 16 matted hairs indicate the 16 arts. But, because of our ignorance, we wouldn't be able to comprehend these truths.

Aghoramurthy: The Lord 'Aghoramurthy' has special glory among the deities in this temple. Lord Siva took the form of 'Aghoramurthy' to destroy the demon Maruthuvan. The majestic figure of Aghoramurthy is a delight to behold. He has been portrayed as being very dark in form in a walking posture, putting His left foot forward. He holds weapons in His seven out of eight hands. Always adorned with a red robe, He has been portrayed with a fiery 'third eye' and protruding canine teeth. Fourteen snakes garland His body along with a necklace of beads. A special night puja is being offered to this deity on Sundays. The Sundays in the Tamil month of Karthikai are considered as being very auspicious. It is believed that those who attend the Sunday special worship would be granted their prayers by the Lord.

Budha bagwan

Budha bagwan:'Bhuda', one among the nine 'Navagrahas' is the planetary ruler for education, intelligence, oratorical skill, music, astrology, mathematics, sculpting, medicine and linguistic skills. He is also called 'Vidhyakaarakan' as He is responsible for education. He has a separate temple at Thiruvenkadu. It is a special feature that His 'sannidhi' is situated to the left of the 'sannidhi' of Brahma Vidhyambika. The 'sannidhi' of Brahma, the 'adhipathi' for skills is situated to the south of His 'sannidhi'. The temple of Chandra, Budha's father and the 'Chandratheertha' are situated opposite to the Budha 'sannidhi'. It is believed that if we worship Bhuda bagwan at this 'sannidhi', which has the above-said special features, we'll be graced with all the skills.

If the position of the planet 'Bhuda' is not favorable in one's natal chart, the person will be lacking in intelligence and will be dull in studies. He might get nervous problems also. These problems can be rectified by worshipping the deity here. Musicians, film artistes and film technicians come here, worship the deity and get benefitted. Those in whose horoscopes Bhuda is the Lord of their 'raasi' and those who are required to do 'Bhuda preethi' (pacification) will be benefitted if they worship here. Those whose marriages are getting delayed and those who have no progeny will be benefitted by doing this pacification, the Sivachariars of the temple say. The 'sthala' has been sung by Thirugnanasambhanda. We left the temple praying to the Lord, Brahma Vidhyambika, Aghoramurthy and Bhuda bagwan for the welfare and prosperity of all and for the early marriage for those waiting to get married.

Swetharanyeswara Temple (Bhuda sthala) – Thiruvenkadu

Instructions for the devotees:

''Arulmigu' Swatharanyeswara Swami Thirukoil (Bhuda sthala) Thiruvenkadu, Sirkazi District- 609 114.

Administration - Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment

Route: Many buses ply from Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvenkadu

The temple is open: from 6 a.m. to 12 noon; from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special worship services are offered on Sundays to Aghoramurthy and on Wednesdays to Bhuda. There are six worship services.

Charges: Rs. 60/ for milk 'abhishek' to Bhuda bagwan on Wednesday; Rs. 100/ for Bhuda 'pariharam'; Rs. 1,000/ for Bhuda homam; Rs. 180/ for 'kattalai archana' for one year to Bhuda; Rs. 750/ for 'abhishek' to Aghoramurthy.