Uthirakosamangai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple
Uthirakosamangai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple in Ramanathapuram is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be around 3000 years old. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
More about Uthirakosamangai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple
- The temple has been revered in the hymns of 9th century saint Manickavasagar and by the 15th century Tamil poet Arunagirinathar.
- Lord Shiva shrine in the temple in Lingam form is a Swayambumurthi i.e it is self-manifested.
- The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandya Kings Achutappa Nayak, Muthuveerappar and other kings of Ramanathapuram at various times.
- The name Uthirakosamangai is derived from the Tamil terms, Uthiram meaning ‘secrets’, Kosam meaning ‘to say’ and Mangai meaning ‘Parvati’. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva transferred the secrets of Vedas to Parvati.
- The shrines in the temple include that of Mangalanathar (Lord Shiva), Mangalambigai (Goddess Parvati) and Natarajar (Emerald statue). The idol of Natarajar is 6 feet tall and is made of Maragatha (a rare emerald).
- The deity is worshipped using Thazhambu or Screw pine flower.
Uthirakosamangai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple Timings
The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
How to reach Uthirakosamangai Mangalanatha Swamy Temple
Uthirakosamangalam Temple is at a distance of 17 kilometres from Ramanathapuram. The nearest railway station is at Ramanathapuram. Madurai Airport, at a distance of 110 kilometres from the temple, is the nearest airport.