Thiruvannamalai in Tamilnadu is a noted pilgrim place of Shiva and the God Arunachala is manifested in the form of fire. This place is located in Peranambakkam village in Polur Taluk.
About The Temple
This village had an ancient temple which was lost due to neglect. The excavation of the land revealed a temple dated some 800 years ago. A huge Shiva lingam was found along with a statue of Lord Karthikeya. Also,the basements pertaining to the Swami, Ambal, Murugan, Vinayak, Chandikeshwara, Nataraj were found apart from the Maha-mandabam and the temple kitchen. The temple was renovated and consecrated on the 11th July 2013 and regular poojas and other important festivals are held regularly.
About The Deity
The main God is known as "Runahareswara”, and the Goddess as "Mangalambika".
Legend and Stories
It is said Lord Muruga obtained redemption from the sin of killing seven Brahmins who were doing penance, by worshipping Lord Shiva here. Hence, here Lord Shiva is popularly called as Janma Paap Rinahaareshwarar. Ganesh at this holy place is referred as 'Sankata Haaraa Ganapati'.
In Arunachaleshwar's chronicle it is mentioned that during 12th Century a Shiva Temple situated at the north eastern side of Thiruvannamalai was inundated. Today, it is well corroborated with this temple.
According to legend, a torrent created by Lord Muruga completely washed away the elixir pot of Lord Vishnu kept for Lord Shiva's worship. From the elixir pot, the lotus, sacred thread, sacred grass, upper portion of the pot, an ornament got shored off at Thamaraipakkam , Poondi, Pilloor, Kalash Pakkam, Abaranapakkam or Peranampakkam respectively.
Twice every Tamil month Pradosha pooja is offered, followed by Annadhanam (food donation).
Every human being born into this world incurs three kinds of debts, namely debts incurred in this birth, financial debts and debts incurred due to neglect of service to God. As per scriptures, those who worship here are free from the above debts and will lead a happy life.
The nearest airport is in Chennai.
The nearest railhead is Thiruvannamalai railway station.
Peranambakkam (Semmiamangalam Post) is situated near Mattapiraiyur Joint Road along Polur – Chetput Road and can also be reached from Devikapuram town. Frequent buses and autos are available from Polur town and Devikapuram. Chennai - Peranambakkam around 170km distance.
Mangalambigai Samedha Runahareswarar Temple,
Semmiamangalam Post, Mattapiraiyur Joint Road,
Peranambakkam, Tiruvannamalai district,
Tamil Nadu, India,
Pincode - 606904.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
The temple remains open from morning 05.30 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.