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Sri Mangalanathar Mangaleswari Temple in Utharakosamangai, Ramanathapuram

Sri Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari temple is located in Utharakosamangai, in the district of Ramanathapuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is about 1000-2000 years old.

The presiding deity of this temple is Mangalanathar and the mother Goddess is Sri Mangaleswari. The holy tree presnt in the temple premises is Ilandhai tree.

The important festivals that are celebrated with great devotion and dedication are 10 day Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, 12 day wedding festival in Chithirai (April-May), all the days of Amavasya and Purnima, Tamil New Year, Deepavali, Pongal and Sankranti.

According to the local legends, from the Ilandhai tree here, the presiding deity is a Swayambulinga. In the temple, the Emerald Nataraja Idol is the much rare one and not to be seen in any other temple across India.In the form of a Linga, Sage Manickavasagar graces the devotees in the temple.

It is to be highly noted that Thazhamboo ( a fragrant flower) is banned in other Shiva temples but this is the only temple where this type of divine flower is permitted for the deity dressing. This particular temple is opened for devotees from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

This particular temple is nearly 83 km from famous pilgrim centre Rameswaram. The devotees worship Mother Mangaleswari in order to helps removal of obstacles or hurdles in marriage proposal and alliance efforts. Devotees from nook and corner of the state and rest of India visit this temple with great devotion and dedication throughout the year on all important and auspicious days.

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