Visited on: 18th September, 2016 and 15th December, 2016
Thirumanikkuzhi is situated at a distance of about 10 kms from Cuddalore and about 5 kms from Thiruvahindrapuram on the Cuddalore to Panruti (via Palur) route.
|Moolavar||Sri Vamanapureeswarar, Sri Uthavinayagar, Sri Manikkavarathar|
|Ambal||Sri Ambujakshi, Sri Uthavinayagi, Sri Manikkavalli|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Swetha and Gadilam rivers|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Kondrai|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 17th Shiva Sthalam in Nadu Naadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- It is said that this temple is the first among the 1008 renowned Shiva temples.
- This east facing temple has three corridors (Prakarams) with a 5-tier main tower (Rajagopuram).
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 28.10.2012.
History of the Temple
The temple is situated on the southern banks of river Gadilam and at the foothill of the Capper hills. It is believed that this temple was renovated by the ancient emperors Thirisangu and Harichandra. It was also improved during the time of the Chola kings. The historical names of this place are Vamanapuri, Indiralogam and Bheemasangama Kshetram.