About Markandeyar Temple

Historical Importance of Sri Markandeyar (Ever Sixteen) Temple at Thiru Manalmedu

Sri Markandeyar has his own shrine near Thirukadaiyur. It is purely a saivatic temple. This shrine situated 0.5.km south west of Thirukadaiyur in a small village known as Thiru Manalmedu. Here his parents prayed with devotion and dedication and performed a special pooja to Lord Siva, for getting a male child and the Lord offered the same. In that temple Sri Markandeyar worshiped Lord Siva and performed special Poojas in order to attain immortality. Lord Shiva bestowed him immortality with ever sixteen ages. (It is aptly said that legend has it that Lord Siva prevailed over Yaksha known as Yama, the God of death, to save Markandeyar’s life and bestowed him immortality with ever sixteen ages). In this temple he sits in alter opposite to the Lord Shiva (as a Moolavar) and blesses the devotees a long prosperous life. Thus the shrine has its own importance. It is noted that Markandeyar, becomes a truthful votary of Lord Shiva. Those who have come with , wish to get the blessing of Lord Amirthakadeshwarar and Lordess Abhirami for their prosperous life at Thirukadaiyur must also visit this Markandeyar's Temple for a full prosperous life and for the welfare of their family. Here every year the priests perform an important Pooja during (Meena masam) in the last month of the Tamil year in Panguni on Ashuvathi Star day,

It is stated that Lord Siva has brought a pot full of holy Ganga water to his truthful votary Sri.Markandaya to purify him. He attains chastity and purity on that day onwards. The visitors who want to perform Poojas to the deities they should also perform special Homams such as Thirukkalyanam to the deities and will get the blessings from the deities. It is also believed those who perform this Thirukkalyanam to the deities for the sake of their unmarried daughter, she will get married sooner. There is also a special Pooja performed here called Panchakshara Homam. It is meant for the welfare of the family. Those who perform Shanka Abhishekam to the deities would get a disease free life.

The Divinities here are:-

The Lord Sri Mirukandeshwara, the Lordess Maruthuvathi and the Moolavar is Sri Markandeyar. Ganga water from Kaasi and Varanasi is arranged here for performing Abhishekam. Hence, those who want to perform Shasthiapthapoorthi, Bheemaratha Shanthi and Sadhabishegam need not bring the holy water from the Ganga River. Also Mahamrithunjeya Homam, Swami Ambal Thirukkalyanam, 108 Sangu Abhishekam are performed here.

Puthrakameshtii Yagam a very powerful Yagam is done here for those who have no Kids.

LALITHA SAHASRANAAMA HOMAM is done here for promoting Ashta Ishwaryam in devotee’s family and his profession. This dilapidated temple has been renovated and shaped out by the strenuous efforts of Thiru T.R.Viswanatha Gurukkal. The newly reviewed temple has also got all the modern facilities. Now this temple has been looked after by the Dr. T.R.Viswanatha Gurukkal and his sons,Thiru. T.R.V. Ramalinga Gurukkal.

Devotees are suggested to visit SHRI MAHAA MERU (EMERALD) SAMPROKSHANAM @ SRI MARKANDEYAR TEMPLE which is in Manamedu..


Frequent public transport is available from Chithambaram, Mayavaram(Mayiladuthurai), Sirkazhi, Poombhukar, Karaikal, Thirunallar to here to you for easy worship at Temple.

Temple Worship Timings:-
6.30 AM to 1.00 PM
4.00 PM to 9.00 PM

|| Thirukalyana Urchavam @ Markandeyar Temple ||

|| Thiru Villakku Poojai ||

|| Ganga Poojai @ Markandeyar Temple ||

|| Markandeya Shubam ||

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