MannargudiMannargudi is a place in India state of Tamil Nadu located at the longitude of 79.45 and the latitude of 10.67.
Mannargudi also spelt Mannarkudi is a municipality in Thiruvarur district (formerly part of Thanjavur district) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Raja Mannargudi, Dakshina Dwaraka (Dwaraka of the South) or Mannai. Mannargudi can be reached by road from Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and Pattukkottai which are situated around 40 km from the place. The nearest railway station is 12 km away at Needamangalam.
The most famous landmark in Mannargudi is the thousand year old Hindu Temple Sri Rajagopala Swami Temple.This was built by Raja Cholas at 1000 A.D. A festival called Panguni Tiruvizha is celebrated every year during the Tamil month of Panguni (March/April) in the Sri Rajagopala Swami Temple. Currently it is being celebrated from 6th march 2010 to 23rd mar. 2010. (21 & 22 March being Vennaithaazhi & Thiruth Ther festivals). People around the town gather in great numbers to celebrate this Panguni Tiruvizha. There is also Ani thirumanjanam held in Ani month (June- July).
Adi-Pooram is day for the goddess, Sengamalath Taayar (Mother who sits on Reddish Lotus). On this day The Goddess' Charriot (Ther) Festival being held. It recent one, was held on 25 July 2009. Other temples of importance in and around this town are Kulandayi Mariyamman Temple & Saethu Mariyamman Temple (at Ullikkottai), Kaliamman temple Neduvakkottai, Kailasanathar temple (Siva), Meenakshi Amman Temple, Othaistreet Ananda Vinayagar Temple and Sri Ramar Temple (at Vaduvoor). Alangudi (Guru sthalam - one of the Navagraha Stalam ) Temple is about twenty three kilometres, en route to Kumbakonam. Sree Gnanapureeshwarar temple at Thirumakkottai. Railroad connection from Needamangalam were dismantled two decades ago and hence no trains ply this route these days.
There is a Siva Temple North of Pamani river and is called Thirupaadaleeswaram. It is also known as Pamani Kovil. Arulmigu Amruthanayagi Sametha Arulmigu Naganatha Swami is the presiding deity. Known to be a swuyambu. It is also one of the Thevaram Paadal Petra stalam. It is a wonderful temple which gives you peace and tranquility. One can reach this by taking the kadai theru to Pamani river bridge road. The current (2009...) Sivachariyar is a very knowledgeable person. He is Sri Anantha Gurukkal.