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Thirumagaraleeswarar Temple



Saint Gnanasambandar has sung 11 verses in his Thevaram in praise of the Lord of the temple.  One verse goes thus, "For those aspiring relief from various bonds of life and attain their heavenly life, can do so very easily if they worship Magaral Lord surrounded by sages and vedic scholars".  My Lords hair style is like lightning rays on which Ganga flows with flowers falling.  The crescent moon is an added beauty on the Lords hair. This is the 7th shrine in Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns.  

10 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in (February-March) is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Moolavar: Thiru Magaral Easwarar
Urchavar: Somaskandar, Natarajar
Amman / Thayar: Tiri Bhuvana Nayaki
Thala Virutcham: Lime tree
Theertham: Agni
Old year: 1000-2000 years old

The temple has a 5 tier Rajagopuram studded with beautiful sculptures and two prakaras-corridors. 

Lords Ganapathy, Muruga Nataraja, Bhairava and Navagrahas (9 planets) are in the prakaras. 

Lord Dakshinamurthy graces with His Veena in the tower.



Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a swayambumurthi. The vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is of Gajabrushta (the hip of the elephant) design. Indira the king of Devas presented his white elephant as wedding gift to Lord Muruga and Deivanai that took place in Tiruparankundram. He placed the divine couples on the elephant and enjoyed the procession. When Lord Maha Vishnu desired to have this darshan of His nephew, he granted it at this place, goes a story.  

It is believed that consuming the abishek theertha serves as an effective medicine reducing the impact of blood related illnesses, fractures, impaired vision, paralysis.  

Devotees perform pujas here for unity among the couples, for relief from planetary inflictions and those seeking child boon do Angapradakshinam  rolling around the prakara.

A demon Makkiran was doing Shiva Puja when Lord Muruga destroyed Surapanma and other demons, thus escaped the wrath of the Lord.  He came to this place, named the Lord Makkiran, his own name.  In the years followed, it changed as Magaraleesar.

Lord Brahmma, after performing puja to the Lord in this place, planted a miracle jack tree that would yield one fruit each day.  King Rajendra Chola struck by the wonder ordered that one person from each family should carry this fruit on their head to Chidambaram to be offered as nivedhana to the Lord.  After the pujas, it will be sent to the king.

One day it was the turn of a Brahmin boy.  He thought that the king ought to have appointed his own men for the job instead of burdening the public.  He told the people of the village that he was a boy and could not bear the weight of the fruit and requested them to do the job and offered to take care of their houses till their return.  All the people left the place together to help the boy.  The boy thought that this problem will continue only if the tree existed and he simply burnt it.  He told the people that the tree caught fire somehow and was reduced to ashes.  When the king enquired the boy, he said, "You made no facility for us to carry the fruit to Chidamabaram, hence, I burnt it". The king replied that the boy ought to have demanded the facility and ordered him to be exiled tying his eyes.

The king accompanied the boy while being taken for exile.  He saw a golden chameleon on the way which hid into an anthill when the king tried to catch it.  While demolishing the anthill, it began to bleed and a voice condemned the action of the king.  The king fainted.  The voice sounding again said that the chameleon was none other than Lord Shiva and ordered him to build a temple.  It may be noted that the size of the Linga in the sanctum sanctorum is just the size of the tail of the creature.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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