Friday, 18 September 2015


18th September 2015. 
When I planned for the - in search of History - Kongu Nadu, Tharamangalam was not in the list. Since this trip was about three days, I thought of accommodating any one of the day and wished to see the architecture marvel of the temple. After seeing this temple on 13th September 2015, really I was happy and it is worth to take much pain to reach Tharamangalam.    
This  temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is a architectural marvel with sculptures equivalent to Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. It attracts visitors from various parts of our country.
Iraivan : Sri Kailasanathar
Iraivi     : Sri Sivakami Amman
Some of the important features of this temple are…..
  1. The temple is facing west with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. When we climb down steps through Rajagopuram Dwajasthambam, Palipedam and Nandhi  are at the entrance of sanctum Sanctorum.
  2. In the outer prakaram sannadhi for Sri Sahasra Lingam,  with Muruga Peruman, Brahmatheertha Vinayagar, 9 Pillar mandapa Vinayagar, Sri Avinasiappar with his consort Karunambigai. Mummudi Vinayagar are at the left side of entrance mandapam.
  3. In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Pathala Lingam ( below the ground with an entrance of 3 X 3 feet opening on the floor), Sri Sivakami Amman,  Navagrahas, Sri Murugan Palliarai, Natarajar Saba, Oorthuva Thandava Murthy, Akora Veerabathirar, Jurakeswarar, Kala Bairavar, Siva suryan, Saneeswarar, Sandikeswarar, Kanni Vinayagar, Aadhi lingam, Uma Devi, Naalvar, Vinayagaperuman, Somaskandha Murthy, Sri Valli Devasena Arumugar.
  4. Dwarabalakars are at the entrabnce of sanctum.
  5. In koshtam, Durgai, Brahma, Lingothbavar, Dhakshinamurthy and Nadana Vinayagar.
  6. The sanctum sanctorum is with sanctum and artha mandapam. Moolavar is suyambu.
  7. The sculptures near the Mummudi vinayagar mandapam pillars and the rotating ball in a lion’s mouth  and other pillars sculptures are worth to see.  ( another one is available in the inside pillar top simham.
  8. At the sanctum entrance on the ceiling hanging chain with rotating  stem are also worth to watch. 
  9. Sculptures on the pillars worth to see are, Rishi pathini, Parvathy, Pickshadanar, Rishi Pathini, Mahavishnu in mohini avatharam, Pathanjali, Viyakrapathar, Jeyamuni, Hayakkreevar, Oorthuva Thandavar, Shiva & Sakthi in anger mood, Shiva and Sakthi in peaceful mood, Maha Vishnu, Akora Veerabathirar, Agni veerapathirarar,  Pradhosha nayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Dwarabalakar, Sri kali, Iyannar, Manikkavasakar, Brahma, Kanchi Kamakshi, Manmadhan, Rathi, Thiruganasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Munivar perunthakai.
  10. The place is called as Thaaramangalam since Vishnu gave his sister to lord Shiva through marriage – thaarai vaarthu koduthal. Hence this place is called as Tharamangalam.  Another two stories are Chandran and suryan worshiped Lord Shiva in the evening hours  and they are also called as Thaarakapathy and Thaarakan. The last story is Vali’s wife Thaarakai constructed this temple and worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple, hence this place is called as Thaaramangalam.
  11. The story of this temple goes like this… Kings Ketti Mudali family ruled this place with Amarakundhi as capital. In their region one cow refused to give milk and it poured on one particular place. Hence the king beat the servants who take care of the cows. Shiva appeared in Ketti Mudali’s dream and told that he is  below the earth with a treasure for which cow poured her milk. Ketti Mudali excavated the Shiva lingam and constructed this temple  using the treasure.
  1. The temple is kept open between 07.00 Hrs to 12.30 Hrs and 16.00 Hrs to 20.30 Hrs
  1. The link to temple web site is
  1. Frequent Town buses are available from Salem.
  2. Buses are also available from Mettur, Erode and salem, Omalur.   
 Sivaganam with nandhi on the wall 
  West side view of 5 tier Rajagopuram with Villakku thoon 
 Inside view of the Rajagopuram 
  Yazhi at the Rajagopuram passage 
Ceiling of Rajagopuram 
  Entrance step side sculptures 
Temple view from Rajagopuram
 Avanasiappar temple vimanam under construction 
 Avanasiappar temple  wall sculptures 
  Avanasiappar temple  wall sculptures 
  Avanasiappar temple  mandapam pillar pothyal 
   Nine pillar mandapa viinayagar 
   Nandhi mandapam with Palipedam 
  sculptures on the pillars in front mandapam 
  Rotating ball in the Lion's mouth 
  The arch in front is under construction. The monkeys on the kodungai to be watched. 
                                            The Tamil inscriptions
The moolavar vimanam 
   The inside pillar sculptures 
  The pillar sculptures 
    The inside corridor 

  The ornamental base of the sannadhi
  Sudhai nandhi under construction 
  South side entrance 
   The vahana mandapam 
                                   The Navakandam behind Sri avinasiappar sannadhi 
 The East side entrance arch with nandhis on the top
 The Temple chariot 
  The Temple chariot 
  The Temple chariot 
  The Temple chariot 
 The Temple Layout  
                                                   --- OM SHIVYA NAMA ---


  1. Awesome post! Very useful information! Planning to visit this temple sometime next month. Do they allow photography? (Only to shoot the sculptures on the praharam and not the sanctum sanctorum)



  2. Hi, thanks for the comments.. photography is not allowed in the prakaram,,, you can take only in the outer prakaram...