'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.

Arulmigu Arthanaareeswara temple - Thiruchengode

The 'sthala' has the glory of having been responsible for the Lord being called in different names like Ammaiyappa, Umaiyorubhaga, Arthanaareeswara etc. It is the spot where the Lord gave the left side of His body to be constituted by Uma Maheswari, His consort, for the reasons that His devotees should pay obeisance to Umaa Maheswari also and that He should never be left alone without His consort. The 'sthala' is famous for the reason that it was where Goddess Parvathy observed 'Kethara Gowri vratha' on the day of 'valarpirai ashtami' in the Tamil month of Purattaasi with the prayer that She should marry the Lord and also should be with Him all the time. And, Her prayer was granted at this 'sthala'. Women who want a husband with good conduct, intelligence and good character come here and observe the 'Kethara Gowri vratha'. It is believed that Goddess Parvathy guides these women for the 'vratha' and shows them their partner. Also, devotees believe that even if we pray to Arthanaareeswara from our home, the marriage that has been delayed or stalled will materialize and take place soon.

Reason for the name

'Thiruchengode' means 'beautiful, divine red hill'. The hamlet was also named after the hill. This renowned 'sthala', the praises of which had been sung by Sekkizhaar, one of the Nayanmars in his hymns, has an ancient history dating back 2000 years. The hamlet is also known by names Nagachalam, Panimalai, Kodhaimalai, Aravagiri, Vaayumalai, Kongumalai, Nagagiri, Vandhimalai, Siddharmalai, Sonagiri, Brahmagiri and Dandhagiri.


Thiruchengode is situated in Namakkal district and is located at 20 km distance from Erode to the east. It is bounded by Sangagiri to its north, Erode to its west, Paramathi Vellore to its south and Namakkal to its east. The 'sthala', renowned for its ancient glory and great history houses the temple with three Lords. Arthanaareeswara, Chengode Vela and Aadhikesava Perumal are the three deities enshrined here.

Glory of the 'sthala'

The 'sthala' has the glory of having been one among the seven 'sthalas' that have been sung in the 'Kongu' folk songs. The shrine takes its glory through its deity, 'sthala' and tank. It has the unique feature of having the presiding deity Arthanaareeswara with His consort constituting the left side of His body. The shrine has been glorified in the spiritual compositions including Thevaram, Thiruvasakam, Periya Puranam, Thirupukazh, Kandar Anubhuthi and Kandar Alankaram. 

Hill temple

We can reach the bottom of the hill, travelling on the Namakkal high road and reach the steps through the entrance. Lord Vinayaka has been portrayed at the first step itself. To the south is situated the temple of Lord Muruga, the God of Tamil language. Water from the well located at the front portion of the temple is being carried to the temple at the hilltop through pipes. Pasuvan( Nandhi) temple is located at the top, facing the south. Farmers and those who tend cows offer their prayers here for the welfare of the cows and also for abundant yield of milk. They pray to Nandhi and offer 'pongal' and butter 'kaappu' as part of their worship and prayer commitments. Climbing down, we reach the place in between the Nagamalai and Nandhimalai. The spot is called 'Nagar pallam'. Here, the 60-ft. long statue of Aadhisesha has been portrayed in the form of a linga with his five hoods open and people worship the linga by performing 'kumkum' archana and 'pongal' as offering. The belief is that various doshas including 'nagadosha' are neutralized by this worship.

Passing by and climbing further up, we reach Senguntha Mudaliar mandap and the mandap built by Pollachi N. Mahalingam and also 'singa mandap'. Next is situated 'Arupathaampati', consisting of sixty steps. All the sixty steps are considered sacred and people take and receive promises in money dealings and other cases by worshipping and vowing on these steps. Arunagirinadhar has sung this practice and its praises in his Thirupukazh. At the end of the steps is situated a temple for Lord Subrahmanya. A tall, sky-reaching Rajagopuram welcomes us at the northern gate. We enter the temple after paying obeisance to the Vinayaka statue. Then, we reach the 'sannidhi' of Sengode Velava. The beauty of the intricate designs and workmanship of the sculptural work on the pillars and the upper 'vitana' at the front mandap captivates our eyes and attention instantly. Passing by the mandap, we reach the 'sannidhi'. The Lord has been portrayed with a spear at His right hand and a cock at His left hand. Arunagirinadhar has described the beauty of Sengode Vela by saying that His beauty is beyond description and that one requires at least four thousand eyes to fully understand and appreciate His beauty.

After paying obeisance to Nagachala Vela, we go to the 'sannidhi' of Arthanaareeswara at the south, facing the west. We are in a state of bliss at seeing the milk-colored statue of Arthanaareeswara in the sanctum. The statue has Goddess Parvathy for its left side and the Lord for the right. The statue has been portrayed with the Lord holding a 'dandayudham' in His right hand with the left hand placed on the waist, with 'makarakundalam' on the right ear and pearl stud on the left ear, with tiger-skin covering the right thigh and a green colored dress covering the left thigh, with the sacred thread on the one side of the chest and a golden necklace on the left side, with the right foot adorned with 'nagaveera vendai' that kicked the Yama and with a decorative adorning anklet at the left foot. The sight takes us to a state of ecstasy that is beyond comprehension. Manivasakar has described this 'kolam' as 'thonmaikolam'. Instead of the gate, a stone-made 'palakani' with nine openings had been built on the western wall. To the south of this 'sannidhi' is installed the statue of Naari Ganapathy, facing the east. At the south-west part of the temple is situated the temple of Nageswara. The linga in this shrine appears white in color. The sculptural work around the sanctum is known for its intricacy and meaning, speaking about the workmanship of the sculptor. At the southern part of the temple, Aadhikesava Permal blesses the devotees portrayed with His consorts Mahalakshmi and Bhoomadevi, facing the east. The mandap in front of the sannidhi is called Sabha mandap.

The Lord sends Parvathy to the earth telling Her to perform penance at Ketharam, Kasi and Kanchi to unite with Him. The distressed Parvathy feels that if this shouldn't happen again, she should become part of the Lord's body. She performs penance in all these places and also in Thiruvannamalai. The Lord appears there and asks her to do penance at Thiruchengode so that she can unite with Him in His body. Parvathy installs a linga and performs 'Thirumuzhukku' and pujas as per the agama rules. She starts the Gowri vratha on the 'valarpirai ashtami' day in the Tamil month of Purattaasi. The Lord appears before her on the Chaturthi day and asks her what boon she wishes for. Parvathy requests that she be made part of the Lord's body. The Lord grants Her prayer, becoming Arthanaareeswara. The 'sthala' has also the credit of being the spot where the sage Bhirungi was made to realize that the Lord is powerless without Shakthi. The image of the sage in an attitude of worship is also kept in the sanctum.

Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathy grace their devotees with early marriage. Those, who can go and worship the deity at the temple, are sure to benefit blessed with a happy life. Those, who are unable to go, can pray to the Lord and the Goddess from their home itself, they'll also be blessed. Let us all pray to Arthanaareeswara for the early marriage of all those registered with Kalyanamalai as well as for those waiting for marriage.