Abodes of lord Shiva

185. Arulmigu Maazhaiyunkanni sameda Manathunainathar Temple - Tiruvalivalam

Moolavar   Manathunainathar, Erudaya Kamalanathar
Thayar   Maazhaiyunkanni
Theertham   Chakkara Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Punnai
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Thiruvarur
Nearest Railway Station   Thirunellikka



The temple is located at a distance of 5 kilometres from Kachanur on the Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi route. This Shivastalam is located 9 km southeast of Tiruvarur and is a Maadakkovil built at an elevation.



A man though noted for his high characters, committed some sins. As a result, he was born as a Karikuruvi-black sparrow in his next birth. This small bird had to face the harassment of its big counterparts. In one such attack, it was bleeding. It flew and took shelter in the hole of a tree. A Shivayogi was teaching his disciples under the tree. The sparrow listened carefully. The yogi was telling his disciples, “Of all Shiva Sthalas (places) Madurai is great. Of the sacred springs, Pottramarai in the temple is great. Of Shiva Murthis, Chokkanatha is great. There is none to equal Madurai. Lord Somasundara-Chokkanathar is all merciful granting boons to His devotees.” The sparrow heard the advice of the Yogi with all attention. It also gained wisdom and enlightenment and understood the cause of its birth as a sparrow. The bird few to Madurai and circumambulated the temple and had a dip in the Pottramarai tank in the temple. It very sincerely prayed to Lord Somasundara for three days continuously. Pleased Lord called the bird and taught the Mrutyunjaya Mantra. The bird was further enlightened. It appealed to Shiva to protect it from the attack of bigger birds as it was too tiny in size and prayed for strength to face such incidents. Lord said that it would be stronger than all bigger birds. The sparrow begged the boon for all sparrow species. It got the name Valian-strong. Based on this event, the place came to be known as Valivalam. Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka, blessing the devotees coming to the temple is praised in the Thevarm hymn of Saint Sambandar. The hymn begins with the line “Pidi athan uruvumai kolamigu kariathu”. As a rule, chanting Thevaram hymns in any Shiva temple should begin with this song only. The glory of Lord Valivalam Valampuri Vinayaka is great.



Arulmigu Maazhaiyunkanni sameda Manathunainathar Temple
Valivalam, Nagapattinam - 610207
Temple Timings : 6.00 - 12.00 noon, 4.00 pm to 8.30 pm