Tirumeninathar, Anandur, Ramanathapuram


Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:TirumeninatharAmbal / Thayar:Tirukamavalli
Deity:SivaHistorical name:Valanai
Vriksham:Teertham:
Agamam:

Age (years):

Timing: to & to Parikaram:

Temple group:Possible Vaippu Sthalam
Sung by:

Temple set:

Navagraham:

Nakshatram:

City / town:AnandurDistrict:Ramanathapuram
Maps from (click): Current location Karaikudi (47 km)Ramanathapuram (52 km)

Pudukkottai (88 km)Sivaganga (94 km)

Location

Sthala puranam and temple information

No sthala puranam is available for this temple, whose historical name centuries ago was either Valavai or Valanai. However, this temple is referred to in one of Appar’s pathigams in passing, and so is regarded as a Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam. In some records, the name of the moolavar is also recorded as Tirumeignaneswarar.

The original temple is said to be extremely ancient. The structural temple we see today has a chequered history. The original temple appears to be early Chola by the looks of it, with renovations over the centuries. However, other than the garbhagriham, the rest of the temple is being rebuilt (as of December 2021).

The temple was sought to be renovated sometime around 2004/5, and work began in earnest, but was then stopped for some reason. It is understood that after nearly 17 years, this renovation work resumed in 2021.

At the time of our visit, the maha mandapam was under construction, and so the outer prakaram was littered with materials for the work. Nonetheless, the temple priest (the same as the one who officiates at the two temples in Radhanur) was able to show us around.

Currently, the entrance to the temple is from a break in the wall on the southern side. After completion of the renovation work, the temple will have a proper east-facing entrance, leading to the maha mandapam (which is currently under construction). That would lead us to the ardha mandapam and garbhagriham, where we were taken directly by the gurukkal.

Just outside the garbhagriham, on the left is a Vinayakar murti guarding the garbhagriham. Because of the construction work going on, all of the vigrahams of the temple were kept in the garbhagriham. The massive Siva Lingam could not be moved, and so was kept covered with a cloth. The other deities whose vigrahams were inside, included Tirukarnavalli Amman, Dakshinamurti, Chandikeswarar, Nandi, Suryan, and Chandran. There seemed to be no separate Navagraham shrine or vigrahams.

We were unable to walk around the temple, but the craftsmanship visible on the outer walls of the garbhagriham spoke of great skill and elegance. The renovation work is, contrary to local Nagarathar custom, in keeping with the theme of the original temple.

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