'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.

Sri Thiruvalleswarar - Thiruvalidayam

Sri Thiruvalleswarar - Thiruvalidayam, Padi

God is omnipresent as butter, ghee, curd and cheese are hidden in milk. There are huge number of temples which is familiar for the three amsas deity, temple and the theertham including 275 Lord Shiva temples. Out of these 32 familiar shiva temples are situated at ThondaiNadu. The 21st of such temple is Thiruvalidayam. Now, this temple is called as 'Padi'.

Location of the temple:

The of Lord Thiruvalleswarar, Thiruvalidayam is located in Ambattur, Avadi High Road , near Ambattur Real Estate. Thiruvalidayam Thiruvalleswarar temple could be reached from padi also. To reach the temple from padi, take the branch road from Padi Padavettamman temple which is located on the highway of Padi. The temple could be reached in a km distance. The deity Thiruvalleswarar is a familiar Guru baghwan. For those who cannot visit Guru Dakshinamurthy at Alangudi frequently, they can visit this temple.

History of the temple:

This temple exists since the sangam age and is famous for earlier significance and familiarity. The raw materials of those days like sand, bricks and logs were used to build this temple. And so this temple's building could not resist for long days. Some of the temples built during the age of Pallava, with the help of stones are strong now with little cracks here and there. Like other temples, the history of Thiruvalidayam temple also begins from the Pallava age. Many of the archaeological evidences about this temple prove that, the 'thevara Padigam' of Thirgnanasambandar is oldest of all. Thirugnanasambandar belonged to 7th century A.D. His hyms describe about Lord Shiva's features and attitudes. Since there are no evidences to prove the structure of the temple, it is clear that the temple's deity is in the Linga form since the earlier days. It is also visible from Arunagirinadhar's Thirupugazh that this temple was very familiar during the Vijayanagar Empire's rule.

Ramalinga Adigal (1823-74 A.D) visited this temple. He was upset looking at the temple's destruction and so took initiative to mend it. He incarnated a new idol for Ambal replacing the destructed one. The information about the temple says that every sunday 4:30 – 5:30 pm the children are preached Religious literature regularly.

Sri Thiruvalleswarar - Thiruvalidayam, Padi

Structure of the temple:

The temple is built in about 1 Aacres of land. The walls are high and strong. The three stage Rajagopuram faces the East stands as the mail entrance for the temple. Crossing Rajagopuram, the Dwajasthamba, Balipedam and Nandi are located. This Dwajasthamba is significant since it is carved with four Rishabha vahana Eswara on all the four sides, Vinayaka on Mooshika Vahana, Asthira Devar, Muruga on Mayil Vahana.

The main deity is centered and the Nandi, Klodi Maram and Bali peedam are placed according to the rules set to the incarnation. In this line, the centre of the temple could be reached by entering the East Mandapam. The are face Mandapams both for Swamy and Ambal as they are the main dieties.

Lord Shivaa's Sannidhanam:

The main deity Lord Shiva is placed in a three stages of Stone Mandapam namely Maha Mandapam, Artha Mandapam and the Sactum Santorum (Karuvarai). Two strong dwarapalakkas are placed at the entrance of the Artha Mandapam. The Dwarapaakaas have Jadamakudam at their heads, Kabala Malai around their neck and Badra Kundalam at their ears. The main deity is in the Linga form. Here the linga is Swayambu linga (that which has emerged). Since a Bharatwaja saint called Valiyan prayed this deity, this deity is named as Valianathar or Valleeswarar.

Since the Sactum Santorum (Karuvarai) and the vimanam at the top appears like the back of the elephant (the elephant which lies down) this structure is named as Gajabirushta structure. The Arthamandapams and the outside wall of the Karuvarai is carved with beautiful kumba panchaksharams, elegant pillars and majestic maadams. The kumbam, padmam, petals and the square table are exquisitely carved and feast for our eyes.

The back wall of the Karuvarai facing west has the sculpture of Mahavishnu, the north wall has the statue of Brahma sitting in padmasana posture on Padma peedam, and Durga on the north wall of the Artha mandapam. Sandeswarar and Navagrahas are located in the respective places as and where it should be.

Sri Thiruvalleswarar - Thiruvalidayam, Padi

Temple of Ambal:

This temple is familiar for Guru Dakshinamoorthy. In this temple, Guru has taken the form of Dakshinamoorthy and Dakshinamoorthy has taken the form of Guru. The auspicious day is Thursday. A huge crowd participates in the Guru Peyarchi festival celebrated every year and get relieved from all doshas.

Just a bit distant from Lord Shiva's temple, Ambal's temple is located; facing the Lord. She is in the Karuvarai with Artha mandapam and she is called variably in the names, Jagadhambal, Thayammai and so on. She is in the standing posture. The sanctum Santorum (Karuvarai) of Ambal is at the sq ft of 18* 17. The Vimanam at the top of the karuvarai is of three step gopurams. The vimanam has the beautifully carved images of Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Maheswari and Devi. The southmandapam and the simha vaham are just in front of the Ambal's temple.

Thala Vinayaga:

Usaually the Lord Vinayaka is placed at the Southwest corner. But in this temple, somaskanbdar is placed and Vinayaka is located following Thala vinayaka. He is named as Varasiddhi Vinayaka.

Lord Muruga:

Following Vinayaka, Lord Muruga is located along with his wives valli and Deivaanai. Lord Muruga is with a single face and four hands. He is located just at the back of the Sanctum Sanctorum. His Mayil Vahana is placed looking at his right; the Verpadai and the sevarkodi are placed in his arms.

Following Muruga the lingam along with the Linga he worshipped, Meenakshi along with Sundareswarar in the lingam form, The linga worshiped by Indra, Lingam worshiped by Bharatwaja are placed each in different temples. At the north west corner, Long serpent along with linga is placed. Following these deities, Veerabadra is in the sitting posture with his vaatpattai.

Lord Bhairava:

Just at the back of Goddess temple, at the North east corner, Lord Bhairava is located. His is present here in Ukkraroopam with indifferent teeth, three eyes. His Jadamaguda is surrounded with Jwalas and he is present there with his Vahana Dog. Not only this, at the south entrance, the four Samaya Kuravars are in the standing posture. Next to them, Arunagirinadhar, Ganapathy and the Sun God blesses in the sitting posture.

Moreover, of all the urchava vigrahas of the temple Nataraja is the most important. The Ambal siva gama sundari's statue along with Nataraja and Manikkavasager are placed in the sabai in front of the Ambal's sannidhi. At the both sides of the Gopuram entrance, Lord Vinayaka and Lord subramanya are placed.

Guru Dakshinamoorthy:

The Dakshinamoorthy form of Lord shiva is praised and prayed as Lord Guru Dakshinamoorthy. Brahma's four adopted children Sanagar, sananadanar, sanadhanar and Sanathkumarar. Though they were brialliant enough in their vedic knowledge, they wanted to know the imbibed truth of Vedas in order to fight against the worst qualities, jealous, Vengence and Maya. Answering their prayer, Lord Shiva took the form of Lord Dakshinamoorthy and started preaching them. This is how, the name and form of Guru Dakshinamoorthy came in to existence.

Lord Dakshinamoorthy at Thiruvalidayam is worshipped as guru sthala. Guru Dakshinamoorthy here blesses people with marriage and fertility (giving birth to child). Guru Dakshinamoorthy is sitting with his right leg down and left left leg folded touching his waist under the Kallala tree. The jadaparam which was worn at his head adds to his beauty. He has four hands and has got udukkai rounded by serpent in his upper right hand, Jwalai on the upper left hand. The lower right hand has got the chinmaya mudra and the lower left hand has got book facing down. His posture is straight and equal. He wears tiger skin, yagnopaveetham and Kuindalas. The Rudraksha around his neck falls till his chest. Around Dakshinamoorthy, sanakadhika saints are placed. Muyalagan who is at his feet has serpent on his left hand. This form of Guru Dakshinamoorthy is called as 'Vyagyana Dakshinamoorthy'.

It will take one year for Guru baghawan to transfer from one rasi to another. This transformation is called as 'Guru Peyarchi'. On this day, special pooja, abhishegam and special aradhanas are celebrated in all temples.

Temple Tanks:

The sacred tank of Thiruvalidhayam is appreciated in the temple's history.The Bharatwaja theertham at the south, Hanuman Theertham at North East near Viniayaka Temple, Vishnu Theertham at South West, Brahma Theetham at North West, the palar or Vrudhaksheera River (koovam river) located at 1 km distance at the south of the temple are considered as the sacred rivers of this temple. The Konrai and the padiri trees are the sthala vrukshas of this temple.

Make sure to visit this most significant temple, get the blessings of Jagadambigai sametha Thiruvalleswarar and be blessed with happy married life and all prosperities.