'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.

All of us are familiar with the portrayal of the divine wedding of Lord Siva and Meenakshi. Lord Vishnu offers His sister Meenakshi to Lord Siva in marriage. Goddess Meenakshi is seen in the middle with Lord Siva on one side and Lord Vishnu on the other. The beauty of the idols of Lord Siva and Goddess Meenakshi at the Mudichoor temple is beyond description. The scene is portrayed with Lord Siva in the middle and Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvathy each on either of His sides. The idol was found on 20 – 6 – 1997 while digging the land for cleaning the temple. And, it was installed on 26th. After this miraculous incident, the number of women devotees with prayer requests for marriage has increased multifold.


Mudichur – reason for the name

Around 1,300 ago, the place was a barren land. Kameswaran, a devotee, was worshipping a lingam here which he found on his way. Vasuki, the only daughter of a person named Viswam, also was worshipping the lingam. Lord Siva wished to unite the two in the sacred bond of wedding. But Viswam was not favorably inclined. Lord Siva appeared before Viswam as Bheemeswara along with His consort Vidhyambhika. The divine couple conducted the marriage in the place of the parents of Vasuki. The place got the name ‘Manamudicha nalloor’ due to the reason that the Lord and the Goddess conducted the marriage. In the year 1,800, Sreeman Appaariyar Swamigal brought out a book in print compiling the 4,000 ‘Divya prabhandas’. He functioned from this place and completed his spiritual service. The original name ‘Manamudicha nalloor’ became Mudichur because of this fact, it is said.


Mudichur – how it became a ‘Thirumana sthala’

The Pallava king deputed one by name Haridas to handle the responsibility of constructing the Mudichur temple. The work was carried out with utmost care and perfection. At this juncture, an aged couple came to the spot after sunset. Haridas gave them food and helped them sleep at the temple ‘mandap’. In the morning, he found the couple wearing the ‘vastras’ that had been put on the Lord and the Goddess. Realizing that they were no other than the divine couple, Haridas fell at their feet. The couple disappeared after telling that the women who came and worshipped there would get a good husband and an early marriage. Both the daughters of Haridas got married immediately after their prayer requests, it is said. From that day onward, the shrine became a ‘Thirumana sthala’.


Procedure for prayer request

The number of the yellow strings tied with wedding prayers for early marriage has exceeded 7,000! On paying Rs. 11, they give a yellow ‘thaali’ and a turmeric piece at the temple. After praying to Goddess Vidhyambhika, the woman has to tie the yellow string to the pillar facing the ‘sannidhi’. And, the ‘mantra’ ‘Devi Devi Jaganmathaa, Jagathanandhakaarani’ has to be chanted for 11 times for 11 days in the morning after taking bath. And, the woman has to pray sincerely and intensely. The women who come here with prayer request for marriage boon firmly believe that their prayer requests would be granted without fail. The prayer commitment is completed when the couple performs an ‘abhishek’ after the marriage is held.


Location : The temple is situated at 5 km distance from Tambaram on the Tambaram – Kancheepuram route, to the south-west of Chennai.

Date of the temple

The ancient temple was built around 1,300 years ago. The architecture belongs to the Pallava age. At the sanctum is installed the idol of Sri Bheemeswara along with His consort Sri Vidhyambhika. The images of Selva Vinayaka, Dakshinamoorthy, Lingothpava, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Devyani, Sri Durga, Chandikeswara, ‘Navagrahas’, Sri Damodara with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi and ‘Yoga’ Hanuman have also been installed as temple deities. The statues of Sivalaya moorthis, Bhairavar, Sivasurya and Muruga are made of ‘Chandrakanta’ stones which are resonant.


Pujas & Festivals

The temple is administered by Mudichoor Reddyjana Trust. Two worship services and ‘Chodashobhasara’ are being offered daily. ‘Pradosha’ puja, Satyanarayana puja on the full moon day to Perumal, special puja to Lord Muruga on the day of Krithikai star, ‘Sangadahara chathurthi’ puja to Lord Vinayaka are special pujas that are performed on these special days. Friday and Sunday are considered more auspicious for prayer requests for marriage and women throng the temple more in number on these days of the week. ‘Annabhishek’ during the Tamil month of ‘Aippasi’ is very famous here. Around 70 to 80 measures of rice are cooked and ‘abhishek’ is done with this cooked rice. After ‘abhishek’ is done, ‘sambar rice’ and ‘curd rice’ are prepared with this cooked rice and distributed to the devotees as ‘prasadam’.


All of us should visit this temple at least once in our lifetime without fail. Let us all pray to Sri Vidhyambhika that all women who pray here for marriage, all those ‘varans’ introduced by Kalyanamalai and all those waiting for marriage be blessed with an early and good marriage.


For the attention of devotees

‘Sri Vidhyambhika Siva Vishnu Temple, Mudichur, Chennai – 600 048.
The temple is open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Devotees who want to perform ‘abhishek’ are requested to register in advance. Those who tie the yellow string should remove it without fail after their marriage is held. Those who want to offer garland to the deity have to bring it because garlands are not available at Mudichur.