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Pathanchali Manoharar Temple - Vilamal ,Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu (276 Shiva Sthalangal)

Vilamar Temple is the second temple in the shrine at Tiruvarur. Locally this is called Vilamal Temple. The Lord here is Lord Shiva, and is called Manoharar Patanjali. The Ambal here is Goddess Madhura Bhashini or Yachinum Men Mozhiyammai, meaning ‘one with slender eyes than the yarp of the musical instrument.’ The temple faces East. The Saivaite Hymn book-Thevaram signifies this temple. Saint Patanjali and Saint Vyagrapadhar decorated this temple. Saint Patanjali has a snake body and a human head and Saint Vyagrabadhar has the body of a tiger and the head of a human being.

  • Moolavar : Pathanjali Manoharar
  • Amman / Thayar : Mathurabhasini / Thenmozhi Ammai
  • Thala Virutcham : Vilvam
  • Theertham : Agni Theerthams
  • Old year : 1000-2000 years old
  • Location : Vilamal,Tiruvarur,Tamil Nadu.

An significant trait of this temple is the ‘Idadhu Paadha Darisanam,’ which is literally the darshan or view of Lord Shiva’s left foot.

When the Lord is in the form of the Ardhanaari (that is half Shiva and half Ambal, the left half is Goddess Ambal’s.

Therefore the ‘Idadhu Paadha Darisanam’ literally means looking at the foot of Ambal. This specific viewing is on Thiruvadhirai’s day which is Lord Shiva’s Nakshatra (star) and this is the very day when Lord Shiva and Ambal are in the unified Ardhanaari form.

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