Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Brahmapureeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Kamalaambika|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Maniyam Adur||District:||Cuddalore|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (33 km)||Kumbakonam (57 km)|
|Cuddalore (64 km)||Ariyalur (71 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
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Maniyam Adur is located near Kattumannarkoil, in Cuddalore district.
There are several temples in and around Kattumannarkoil and on the banks of the Veeranam lake. Of these, only a handful are referred to either as in the Tevaram or the Divya Prabhandam, or are otherwise regarded as prominent / important. This is one of the lesser-known village temples in the region.
The east-facing temple is for Siva as Brahmapureeswarar, with Kamalambigai Amman. Both Siva and Amman face east, representing their kalyana kolam, which is atypical compared to the normal south-facing Amman shrine.
In the koshtam are shrines for Vinayakar, Dakshinamurti, Lingodhbhavar, Brahma and Durga. In addition, the usual parivara devata shrines are there, for Vinayakar, Murugan with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Gajalakshmi, Chandikeswarar, Bhairavar, and Suryan. There is a separate Navagraham shrine on a lotus-shaped pedestal. There is also a separate Siva Lingam representing Kasi Viswanathar together with Visalakshi Amman, in the prakaram.
The age of the temple is not known. However, going by the look of the Lingodhbhavar murti, this could be quite an old temple.
The temple is kept alive by the slender thread of puja that takes place once a day – usually in the morning. The temple does not even have a secure wall perimeter but is surrounded by a fence marking its boundaries.