Melmalayanur is located near Gingee, Tamil Nadu, India, 21 km from Chetput (Tiruvannamalai District). It is famous for the Goddess Angalamman. The temple is about 40 Kms from Tiruvannamalai. Recently I had been to the temple along with a visit to Annamalayar. The temple was very much crowded on my visiting day- being new moon day. Even it was difficult to walk in the crowd.

We had darsan by taking special darsan ticket of Rs 100-00. Even for that we had to be in the queue for more than two hours for getting darsan. The temple is under HR &CE Tamilnadu. I am told the temple is crowded irrespective of the days and more on certain special days. The temple is somewhat close to new bus stand at Melmalayannur. There is also another bus stand called Old bus stand. We had parking of our car near old bus stand. Till we reach about half kilometre from the temple we may not have expectation of this much crowd!!

The following is a compilation from temple website about the temple.


Lakhs of devotees visit here every new moon and full moon days since it is supposed to be auspicious during these days. But the place lacks Medical facilities and hotel facilities. Melmalayanur is assembly constituency which will send representative to the members to the state assembly.

Mother parvathy only created Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheswaran and Sadhasivan for creation, Maintenance, distination, hiding and blessing.

2 Arulmigu Angalamman Temple - History

Goddess Mother Parvathi the wife of Lord Shiva took birth on her as hive. The purpose of the birth is to clear Lord Shiva from certain sin and give blessings to all people in kaliyug. The birth took place here before the start of kaliyug. The birth place Melmaliyanoor where the temple is situated. The specialty in this temple is Mother in Angala amman faces north while blessing devotees.

The great dazzling brightest light is mother Sri Angalaparameshwari was ruling the world even before inhabitation started.

Mother Parvathy only created Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheswaran and Sadhasivan for creation, Maintenance, distination, hiding and blessing. Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are supposed to be three hands of Gods. All of sorts of energies were differentiated mainly as three types, Wish, action and Wisdom. Right Side is taken as Male and left as Female. When both sides confine together resulted in creation of Sky, Water, Fire Wind and Earth. Siva, Vishnu and Brahma were teamed with Eswari, Lakshmi and Sarswathi.

Brahma, the God for creation had 10 assistants to help in his activities. Thakkan(Daksha?) the important assistant created crores of livings including saints. He also created 60 extremely beautiful girls and married them to Godmen. In this process Eswari's creator, He created Dhakshayani and married here to Lord Shiva.

When Takkan went to Kailash, He was stopped by one of Shiva's deputies. Angered by this takkan performs difficult yagams with selfish motives. He did not invite Lord shiva. Dhakshyani went to yaga in spite of Lord Shiva's unwillingness. She accused thakkan for not inviting Lord Shiva. But she was only insulted completely dissatisfied, Dhakshayani saw yaga was destroyed.

Dhakshayani destroyed her own body. Lord Shiva took her body and devised with uncontrollable anger(Rudhrathandavam). DURING THIS, THE RIGHT HAND OF DHAKSHAYANI FELL IN DHANDAKARUNYAM. MALAYANOOR IS A PART OF DHANDAKARUNYAM.

Aroop(shapless) Angalaamman to join with Lord Shiva took Birth as Parvathi, the Daughter of parvatharajan. She married Lord Shiva.

With power of manthras and boons from Lord Shiva, Brahama performed a yaga to save god men from two demons known as SANDOBI and SUNDARAR. Through this yaga Thilothama as apsaras came to life.

Attracted by the beauthy of Thilothama not only demons but Brahma also followed her. For her protection She went to Kailash where Brahma also followed. As Brahma also was with five heads, Parvathi mistook him for Shiva and felt at his feet. when Parvathi realized the truth, she was very angry and prayed Shiva that fifth head of Brahma should be destroyed. As Suggested by Lord Vishnu, Shiva fought with Brahma and cut his fifth head. But Brahma was compensated with new head. Shiva cut Brahma's head nine hundreds and ninety nine times and got tired.He made all the nine hundred and ninety nine heads into garland and wore it. Then again he cut Brahma's head and confirmed with four heads only.

Shiva was affected by sin due to this. Devi Saraswathi, wife of Brahma cursed Shiva to have no food, no sleep, and his hunger to be quenched with xxx and thirst to be quenched with bone only. After this Shiva was roaming all over the world. Saraswathi curses Parvathi to become ugly, parts of crane and peacock are to become her dress, her assistants to become demons. On knowing this status, Lord Vishnu apprises Parvathi that her ordeal will come to an end when she becomes snake in Melmalaiyanoor.

Devi Parvathi roams all over the world. She meets sage Kapil in Thiruvannamalai and takes bath in Brahmatheertham. She gets relieved from Sarswathi's curse. From Thiruvanamali, Devi Parvathi comes to Thazhanur Where she stays over night. On the way to Malaiyanoor. She creates big lake (ponneri). Her ring is lost in the nearby fields. She curse the lake will not have any fields thereafter. This is true till date. On the way she felt thirsty. But people there did not oblige her with water. So she curse that are will never have palm trees.

Dasan with 3 sons (Veeran, sooran, Ukiran) went for fishing in Malaiyanoor lake. Parvathi suggested to them that catch should be devoted to her only Veeran wanted to oblige. But he was sorry for having damaged net. Angala Amman gave three stones to Veeran. The first when thrown in to lake it will make the net all right, second stone will result in catching fishes which is to be devoted to mother. Third stone will result in large catch which can be used for sale. Veeran obeyed the commands.

Then Angalamman created a snake hive in palace garden and set there as five headed snake. Fisherman Dasan unsuccessfully tried to doze the hive. Third day Angalamman gave Darshan to all four fishermen. She commanded the fishermen, Due to Saraswathi's curse i am here. Daily you do Pooja to me . I will save you and your future generations. Accordingly fishermen performs pooja even now.

King of the place Malai Arasan came to gardens and saw the snake hive temples. He got angry with Dasan's family. He sent a great force to destroy the snake hive. Mother made everything invisible and gave dharshan to the king, Who donated twelve kanni lands for building the temple.

People took sand from snake hive as prasad and got relief from diseases. Lord Shiva crosses river sangraparani and reaches Melmalaiyanoor. In cremation ground consumes three handful of ash and gets some relief from hunger. Then he asks for food in front of the temple. On hearing Shivas voice Parvathi feels happy and thinks of her brother Vishnu who appraises the procedure for relief from curse.
That Moment she had consultation with Lord Vishnu. He advised her that Tasty food is to be prepared in three parts. the fist two parts are to be given to Kabalam, Third part is dropped in the floor as if by mistake, then when Kabalam comes down to taste the food Parvathi should take giant shape and squeeze it. Then the curse will be released. To cook the food she should take the help of Lakshmi and Amudha Surabi.

Parvathi Prepared food accordingly. She orders Lord Ganesh to take care of his father till the lunch is over. Ganesh obeyed his mother's word. Parvathi performed pooja to the feet of Lord Shiva and served lunch as suggested by Vishnu. When Kabalam come down to eat the third part of food, Parvathi took giant shape of Angala Prameshwari and crushed it with right foot and made it as her servant.

As Shiva was released from curse he felt happy and went to Chidambaram for Dancing happily. He got the name of Dhandeswarar and Parvathi as Dhandeswari.

The Angalaparameshwari was taken in procession in car to subside her anger. Angels, sages and saints became wheels, Wheel latch and throne of the car. Angalamman came to normal and under took procession in normal shape. So Angala amman bless her devotees by staying in Melmalaiyanoor.

3 Thirukoil Timings

Morning 5.00 AM to Night 9.00 PM
S.No Pooja Details Timing
1 Nadai Thirappu Morning 5.00 AM
2 Kala Santhi Pooja Morning 8.00 AM - 8.30 AM
3 Sayaratchai PoojaEvening 4.00 PM - 4.30 PM

Apart from it on all Full moon day , No moon day, weekly sunday'sand friday's special Alankarams, Special poojas and Unjal Urchavam with Mela thala Vathiam are being done throughout the year

4 Festival Details :

S.No Pooja Details Timing
1 Chitrai Festival New Year Day, Laksha Deepam,Chitrai Graham,

2 Aadi Festival (Fridays) Five Fridays Festivals, Five Sundays Festivals

3 Iypasi-Deepavali Festival

4 Karthikai Festival Karthikai Deepam,Laksha Deepam

5 Margazhi Festival Morning 4.00 AM Poojas for the Total Month

6 Thai Festival Pongal Festival,Thai Amavasai

7 Masi Festival Masi Peruvizha 13 Days Festival

First day The Mahashivratri festival
Second dayMayana Poojai
Fifth dayThimithi Thiruvila
Seventh dayThiru Therottam
Ninth dayPushpa Pallakku
Tenth dayTheppam Urchavam
Thirteenth dayKappu Khazagha Festival

8 Every New Moon Day Amman Cradle Special Festival,12.00 - 1.30 AM mid night

9 Every Full Moon Day Amman Special Prayer and Cradle Festival,9.00 - 1.00 PM

10 Every Friday Weekly Prayers, Amman Cradle festival,7.00 - 8.00 AM

11 Navarathiri Festival-10 Days Festival,Vijaya Dhasami,Parivetta

5 Administration

ihis temple is administrated by The Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department Tamilnadu.

Assistant commissioner / Executive Officer
Arulmigu Angalamman Thirukoil,
Gingee, Viluppuram - 604204
Phone : 04145 - 234 229, 04145 - 234 201.

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