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Thiruchuzhial is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates 9°42′00″N 78°28′59″E / 9.7°N 78.483°E / 9.7; 78.483Coordinates: 9°42′00″N 78°28′59″E / 9.7°N 78.483°E / 9.7; 78.483
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
Location Manamadurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Primary deity Bhoominathar (Shiva)
Festival deity Thirumeninathar (Shiva)
Architectural styles Dravidian architecture

This temple near Manamadurai in Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu, India is the birthplace of Ramana Maharishi. This shrine is regarded as the 12th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamil Nadu.[1]


The Dinakareswara Lingam was worshipped by the Sun, according to the legends associated with this temple. Parvati is said to have meditated upon Shiva, seeking his hand in marriage; this event is commemorated in the Amman Tapas Utsavam in the month of Aadi for 10 days each year. Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is believed to have visited this temple with the Chera King Cheramaan Perumal.

Poems on this temple[edit]

Sundarar composed the Thevaram Pathigam here.


The grand Bhrammotsavam takes place in the Tamil month of Panguni. Of the festivals celebrated here mention must be made of the Palani Andavar festival in Thai and The Amman Tapas festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi.

Temple structure[edit]

The Temple spans an area of about 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2). There are several shrines and theerthams within this temple complex and around it. The Shiva and Ambal shrines both face the East. The presiding deity lord shiva is called as Tirumeni Nathar, Bhoominathar and the Ambal his consort mother Parvathy is called as Tunaimaalainayaki. The Kauvaikkadal tank within the temple, with a central mandapam is a beautiful one. Mention must be made of the Pralaya Vitankar and the Palani Andavar shrines in this temple. The sthala vriksham is Punnai and the Theertham is Kauvaikkadal theertham.[clarification needed]

The Ramanathapuram rulers have traditionally maintained this temple.


This temple is located 55 km from Madurai. The nearest town Aruppukottai is about 15 km away from this temple.


  1. ^ "Tirumeninathar Temple, Tiruchuzhiyal". Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu.