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Tiruchengode - Arthanareeswarar Temple

Thiru Kodimaada Chenkundrur is an ancient Hindu Temple known for its unique manifestation of Half Male Half Female Lord Arthanaareewarar (Shiva). The temple is situated on a hill near Tiruchengode in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu 120 km northeast of Coimbatore.

Arthanaareewarar Temple

Tiruchengode (also known as "Thirukodi mada chengundroor " in vedic times) has many references in puranas, like Thevaram and Silapathikaram. In Silapathikaram, Ilango adigal referred Tiruchengode as "Chengodu " and that "it has numerous holy ponds and enjoys popularity and prosperity".

This temple has been praised by the Nayanmar Thirugnanasambandhar in his devotional hyman Devaram. Great poets and saints like Arunagirinathar, Ilango adigal, Kaviraja pandithar amongst others have enlogised this holy place in their divine poems. The idols of Birungi Munivar and Arunagirinathar are found inside the temple.

This ancient hill temple according to the inscriptions on the walls must have been built about 2000 years ago. The hill, which is about 650 ft. height . The hill is referred in many names like Chemmalai, Nagamalai, Nandhimalai and many more.
Arulmigu Arthanareeswarar Temple
Lord Arthanareeswarar is giving salvation to all souls, from the hill top temple. Lord Sengottuvelavar and Lord Adhikesava Perumal in separate shrines as presiding deities.
Lord Arthanareeswarar has a unique form here, which combines half male and half female form. The lord is also known as Madhorubagan and Ammayappan. It is claimed that this rare posture of the Lord as prime deity can be found only in this temple in the whole of Asia. The hill top temple can be reached by climbing up 1206 steps, made of stone. Another way to reach the temple is, a motorable ghat road is available to go to the top of the hill and one can reach the temple by bus or car.

One has to enter the temple from the main entrance-Rajagopuram-from the south; sanctum sanctorum faces west. In this temple Lord Shiva appears in man-woman combination in one idol; the right part of the idol is half of Parvathi Devi and the left half is Lord Shiva’s half. There is a saying that wife is the better half; True to the saying, here Lord Shiva has given his left part of body to goddess Parvathi, his wife . It means that there is no Shiva without the Sakthi; and no sakthi without Shiva. All men and women are equal. No man without woman; no woman without man. An undeniable law of nature! So the main deity is called Umai Oru Bagan, Ammaiappan, Mangaipangan and Madhorubagan. There is another Ganesh temple in the top of the hill called as Uchi pillaiyar kovil. There is no regular path to reach this temple.

Tichengottuvelavar  Temple

Naga Devathai

Arthanaareewarar (Shiva) : It is one of the 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva, representing the unity of Shiva and Parvati (unique manifestation of Half Male Half Female ).

Tichengottuvelavar : This temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. It attracts more devotees. People name their babies after lord Murugan’s name- Sengottuvelan. Saint Arunagirinathar has also composed Thirupugazh on Lord Subramanya here.

Tiruchengode - Arulmigu Arthanareeswarar Temple
Main Deity
Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan
Sri Ardhanareeswarar, Maathoru Paagar
Murugan Name
Sri Tichengottuvelavar
Other names
Thiru Kodimaada Chenkundrur
Praised by sambandhar,
Thevara Padal Petra Sthalam (275 Shiva Temples),
2000 years old
Travel Base
Erode or Salem

The second most popular temple of Tiruchengode is Kailasanathar temple which is located at the center of the city.  The main deity of the temple is Kailasanathar which is present in the form of a Shiv Linga in the main shrine. There is a separate shrine for the Goddess of the temple, Sugunda Kundalambigai.

Uchi pillaiyar kovil

Tiruchengode Shiva Temple

How to Reach : Tiruchengode is in south India in the state of Tamil Nadu, approximately 20 km from the City of Erode, 46 km from Salem, and 120 km from Coimbatore. It is well connected by bus from all major towns.

Source Temple Official Website : Arthanareeswarar Temple

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