Mangalanathar Mangaleswari Temple, Utharakosamangai

Sri Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari temple is located in the upcoming town referred as Utharakosamangai, in the district of Ramanathapuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The chief deity of this temple is Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Mangaleswari. The holy water of this temple is well water.

This temple is about 1000-2000 years old in this region. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Sivagammam. The historical name of this region is Utharakosamangai. The holy tree of this temple is Ilandhai tree.

The main festivals of this particular shrine are 12 day wedding festival in Chithirai (April-May), with a two day festival for Sundarar-Aadi Swathi star day in July-August  is grandly celebrated, Shivarathri in Feburary-March,   Deepavalli, Pongal, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tamil and English New Year days and 10 day Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January  are devotionally and dedicationally celebrated in this shrine.

In this shrine, the Lord is a Swayambumurthi from the Ilandhai tree. The temple is open for all from 6.o0 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. According to the temple priest, the well water has the power to cure all the disease and heal too.

This is the only Lord Shiva temple where Thazhamboo (a nice fragrant flower) is allowed for the deity dressing on the other hand it is totally banned in other Lord Shiva temples. There is a rare statue of Emerald Nataraja Idol in the temple premises. In the form of a Linga, Sage Manickavasagar graces in the shrine.

Address – Sri Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari temple, Utharakosamangai, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

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