Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Naanmadhia Perumal||Ambal / Thayar:||Thalaichanga Nayaki, Senkamalavalli|
|Deity:||Perumal||Historical name:||Thalaichanga Nanmathiyam|
|Timing:||6 to 12 & 5 to 8||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Divya Desam||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Thalachangadu||District:||Nagapattinam|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (21.9 km)||Nagapattinam (51.5 km)|
|Tiruvarur (53.8 km)||Kumbakonam (59.1 km)|
Thalachangadu is located 16 km from Sirkazhi and 22 km from Mayiladuthurai.
Sthala puranam and temple information
Typically the crescent moon adorns the head of Lord Siva. At this temple, Vishnu is seen wearing with the crescent on His head!
According to the Puranas, Chandran is the son of sage Atri and Anusuya, and emerged before Lakshmi during the churning of the ocean (and is therefore considered Her elder brother). He learnt all the arts from his guru, Brhaspati, and also fell in love with Brhaspati’s wife Tara, and soon they had a child – Budhan (Mercury). Learning that the child from Tara’s womb was not his, Brhaspati cursed Chandran to be afflicted with leprosy. Chandran married the 27 daughters of Daksha, under the promise that he would love each one equally, but was particularly fond of Rohini. The other siblings complained, and Daksha made Chandran’s lustre wane every 14 days. Chandran prayed to Vishnu at Srirangam, Indalur and here at Thalachangadu, to have his brightness restored. Pleased with the worship, Vishnu ensured Chandran’s lustre would be renewed periodically, and also wore him on his head.
The place gets its name from the fact that this place used to be a forest of shell- or conch-shaped flowers called Sangu poo in Tamil (Clitoria Ternatea).
Tirumangaiazhvar has done mangalasasanam here.
Other information for your visit
Phone: 99947 29773