Sri Mandira Pureeswarar temple is located in the city of Kovilur, Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu and is about 1000-2000 years old. This paadal petra sthalam is situated around 2 Kms toward the north from Muthupettai on the Muthupettai - Mannarkudi street. Muthupettai can be come to by transport from Tiruthuraipoondi, Mannarkudi, Thanjavur, Pattukottai, Tiruvarur. Sivalingam of Mandirapureeswarar here is a Swayambu Lingam and white in shading. Ramar, Lakshmanan, Hanuman, Jaambavaan, Sukreevan are said to have venerated Lord Shiva at this sthalam. This town is also known as Maangadu, and the Vinayakar here is known as Maangaattu Vinayakar. This shrine is regarded as the 107th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri
About the deity
A white colored Shivalingam occupies the sanctum.
Legend and Stories
Legend has it that Rama along with Lakshmanan, Jambavan, Sugreevan and Hanuman worshipped here on his way to Sri Lanka. This temple with 2 prakarams occupies an area of over 2 acres. A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns its entrance. Inscriptions from the period of the Chola rulers Vikrama Chola, Rajaraja III and Rajendra Chola III (12th -13th centuries) are found here. Images of Rama and others adorn the temple towers. There is a Kaamakottam shrine in the outer prakaram here. This Ambal temple was built in or around the year 1237, during the rule of Rajaraja Chola III. Inscriptions here also speak of the endowments made for the worship of Surya in this temple.
In this town are a temple to Rama, a stream by name Jambavan Odai, and areas by name Hanuman Kaadu, Sugreevanpettai, Tambikkunallaanpattinam.
Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Aani Tirumanjanam, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti are also celebrated here.
This Shivastalam is located 3km north of Muthuppettai the nearest railhead on the Tiruvarur Tirutturaippundi railroad amidst verdant surroundings.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For success in all endeavors
- blessed with job opportunities and children
- removal of obstacles marriage affairs
- Overcome fear.
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 am To 12Pm4 pm To 9pm.