(Last Updated on : 08/06/2012)
Shri Mannargudi Teerth located in Tamil Nadu
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is located in the Mannargudi village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mallinath
, nineteenth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Mannargudi Teerth
According to history Shri Mannargudi Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The temple is this khetra is believed to have been built in the twelfth century during the reign of the Chawl dynasty. This teerth kshetra is one of the famous religious places of Tamil Nadu. There are other attractive deities in the temple like the idols of Dharmadevi, Goddess Saraswati
Devi, Jawalamalini and others that are believed to possess miraculous powers. The idol of Lord Mallinath is believed to possess miraculous powers. Devotees from far off places visit the temple to offer their prayers. It is believed that if prayed with all devotion the Lord fulfils the wishes of the pilgrims.
Temple of Shri Mannargudi Teerth
The temple of Shri Mannargudi Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mallinath. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art. The idol of the Lord is copper in colour and is seated in a semi padmasana
posture. The idol has been beautifully carved from a single stone and looks very appealing. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene.
The Temple of Shri Avlokik Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year Brahamotsava is arranged here on the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities. Apart from this there are Upashrays, an Ayambilshala and a Jnanabhandar. The temple is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerises and fascinates the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment and the surrounding greenery make it a suitable place for religious activities. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. The nearest railway station is located at Nidamangalam which is at a distance of 12 kilometers and Thanjavur
is at a distance of 34 kilometers.