The Arangulanathar Temple is located in Thiruvarangulam and is dedicated to God Arangulanathar. Legend has it that there was a staunch woman Shiva devotee Perianayaki. One day when she went to the Arangulanathar temple at Thiruvarangulam near Pudukkottai with her parents, she suddenly disappeared. Just then a voice was heard saying that she had joined God Shiva. The Nagarathar community people regard her as the consort of Shiva, Ambica, and built a shrine for her in the same temple. The idol of God Nataraja here is very beautiful. The blueprint is in the National Museum, Delhi. The Main Tower (rajagopuram) was built during the Pandya period. Worshipping the main deity in this temple, Tiruchitrambalam Udayar, is said to be equal to worshipping God Viswanatha in Kasi. The roof of the Vasantha Mandapam has all the 12 zodiac signs (rasis) with their relative Devadas - deities drawn with herbal colours on it. God Dakshinamurti in the prakara of the temple graces with a Veena on His hands considered a very sacred musical instrument in India. The prakara is called 100 pillars Mandap. There is also wooden carving of a soldier on a horse believed to be one who lived in this place. This is a very suitable place for meditation. There are more monkeys here pleasing children with their funny mischief.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Child boon
- Progress in education
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.