Chandrasekharar Maaramangalam

Chandrasekharar, Maaramangalam

Saivite Temples - Thoothukudi


Chandrasekharar, facing east


Chandrasekhari, facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts, Saneeswara, Navagraha, Bhairava. Sanctum niches – Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara

Chandrasekharar Maaramangalam is an east-facing temple with a small gate to enter in the east. A single spacious Prakaram houses the sanctum sanctorum and the shrines. A small temple for Veetrirundha Perumal is there a little way further inside the village.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Chandrasekharar Maaramangalam is an ancient temple with numerous inscriptions around the sanctum sanctorum. The oldest of them belongs to the time of Kulothunga Chola I (regnal years 1070 – 1122 CE) and mentions this place as ‘Mudikonda Chola Valanattu Madurantaka Brahamadeyam’. Apart from the Chola inscriptions, there are Pandya inscriptions belonging to Maravarman Sundarapandyan I (regnal years 1216 – 1238 CE), Konerinmai Kondaan (Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I, 1268–1308 CE), and Cholan Thalaikonda Veerapandyan (regnal years 946-966 CE). The last king’s name is as mentioned in the temple information board and clashes with itself as it also says that the oldest inscription found here belongs to Kulothunga Chola I (regnal years 1070 – 1122 CE). The other names mentioned in the inscriptions include Chozhendra Singa Chaturvedimangalam for the place and Sri Kailasam Chandrasekhara Easwaramudaya Nayinar’ for the Lord. The temple had been a center for Vedic learning and propagation in the ancient days. The place came to be called Maaramangalam during the period of Maravarman Sundarapandyan I.


It is believed that Chandran (Moon) upon the advice of Sage Narada installed the large Lingam here and worshiped it to get relief from a curse.


Chandrasekharar Maaramangalam is about 18 kilometers southwest of Thoothukudi. In the Tiruchendur road while going from Thoothukudi, take a right after Pazhayakayal in the road going to Agaram and Maaramangalam. This is a small road and care is required. Going further ahead from this temple in the same road will take you to a small and ancient Shiva temple at Korkai.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Thoothukudi (18 kms) and Tiruchendur (25 kms) depending on your travel plan.

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