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Renovation work on at Sri Aravamudha Perumal Temple, Thirumangalam

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Facelift: The Aravamudha Perumal Temple at Thirumangalam in Villupuram District.
Facelift: The Aravamudha Perumal Temple at Thirumangalam in Villupuram District.

A.V.Ragunathan

VILLUPURAM: Sri Aravamudha Perumal Temple at Thirumangalam in Kandamangalam block of Villupuram district, which is over 500-year-old, is being renovated. It is located about two km from Thirukkanur on the Villupuram—Puducherry Road.

According to the inscriptions the presiding deity in Thirumangalam and the one at Kumbakonam Aravamudha Perumal Temple were installed on the same day.

Thirumangalam acquired the name because a woman named Thirumangai got married after offering worship in the temple. There is a belief that if unmarried persons light ghee lamps in the temple for nine consecutive Thursdays they would soon tie the nuptial knots.

The depiction of Dasavatharam sculptures on the main entrance also proclaims the ancient origin of the Thirumangalam temple, according to R.Gopalachariar, the temple archaka. His ancestors were taking care of the temple rituals but the structures needed renovation and even reconstruction. Hence, an organising committee had been formed to take up the works. The committee had completed the works on the three-tier Rajagopuram and fitted the main entrance with massive teak doors. The Maha Mandapam, the Artha Mandapam and the sanctum sanctorum too were being beautified and the Madapalli (temple kitchen) too was reconstructed. The ancient granite slab of four feet width and six feet length was polished and re-fixed on the pedestal. The slab would serve as a platform for preparing the food to the deity, Mr.Gopalachariar said.

The alloy idols of Aravamudhan, two Nachiars, Andal, Sakkarathazhvar, Anjaneyar and Desikan were decorating the temple. K.Thirumalai, a committee member, said that the temple kumbabishekam was scheduled for March 22, 2009. But a great deal of other works such as construction of compound wall, preparing the vahanas, the cart for taking out procession and temple car were pending and it required funds.

Contributions, both in cash and kind, could be sent to either T.C.Parthasarathy, A-104-70 ft.Road, Periyar Nagar, Chennai – 600082 or C.S.Vijayaraghavan, 25 Anna Salai T.S.R.Chary Mills, Arcot – 632503.

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