Saivite Temples, Thiruvallur District
Thirumanangeeswarar, facing east
Thiruvudai Amman, facing south
Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Suryan, Bariravar, Veerabadrar
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.