Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur

Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur

Saivite Temples, Thiruvallur District


Thirumanangeeswarar, facing east


Thiruvudai Amman, facing south

Other Deities

Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Suryan, Bariravar, Veerabadrar

Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur Temple is an important east facing small temple with an entrance arch. Better know as Thiruvudai Amman temple, this is one of the three important Sakthi Temples located near Chennai. It is considered auspicious to get darshan of all the three Sakthis one after the other on the same day, especially on a full moon day & if possible on a full moon day which falls on a Friday. The order of visit is Thiruvudai Amman – morning, Vadivudai Amman (Thiruvotriyur) – noon and Kodiyidai Amman (Thirumullaivoyal) – evening. The form of the Amman in all three templesĀ  are identical and sculpted by the same sculptor. Another interesting aspect that all three Shiva Lingams in these temples are also Suyambhu (self occurring).

Holy Water – No information

Holy Tree – No information


Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur is a very old temple. Historic information is not available as on date.


For having playfully closed the eyes of Lord Shiva for three seconds and thus darkening the world he cursed his consort Parvati to be borne in the world thrice ( as Icha Sakthi, Gnana Sakthi and Kriya Sakthi) after which he was to appear and marry her again. This is the story behind the three temples including Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur. The other two are the Thiruvotriyur temple and Thirumullaivoyal temple. The divine wedding is also believed to have happened here at Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur.

This place was once a forest filled with trees & shrubs with sweet smelling flowers and was known as Suganda Vanam (Suganda-indicating sweet smelling, Vanam-forest). A rich man found his cow showering its milk into a shrub which was in the form of a Shivalingam and a snake consuming the milk. He covered this Swayambu Lingam (self occurring) with an Armour and started worshiping the Lord as Sungandavaneswaran. In due course the name changed to Thirumanangeesar.


3 kilometers before Minjur is Melur on the Chennai-Minjur road. Take left here on the entrance arch in the main road and go for a kilometer to reach Thirumanangeeswarar Minjur. Combine with Minjur and Ponneri temples.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Ponneri or Minjur.

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