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Uthiram Star Temple at Edaiyathumangalam Mangalambigai Sametha Mangalyeswarar Koil at Edaiyathumangalam is the temple that people born under Uthiram star have to visit regularly.”.

This place is called Edaiyathumangalam as it was once situated between two rivers; Aaru means, river and Edai means, in between. Mangalyeswarar (as Lord Shiva is known at this temple) is present with His Consort Mangalambigai. Mangalyeswarar is facing East while Mangalambigai is facing South. This is quite a small temple and has shrines for Vinayakar, Mangalya Maharishi, Dakshinamurthy, Bitchandar, Ardhanareeswarar, Chandikeswarar, Durgai, Nandi and Navagrahas.

Lord Muruga is also present with His Consorts, Valli and Deivayanai. The Legend here is connected with Mangalya Maharishi who was born under Uthiram Nakshathiram. Marriages of Agasthiyar, Vashishtar and Bhairava Maharishis were conducted under his aegis. He is supposed to have all the powers of his penance in his palms. He is the Guru of the Angels that bless the marriages. At the auspicious time that is suitable for marriage, these Angels are believed to be visiting this temple to pray to Mangalyeswarar and re-energise their power to bless married women with a long & happy marital life. Their blessings are always at the peak during Uthira nakshathiram.

It is because of this reason that the Kalyana Utsavam or the Celestial Wedding of the God and Goddess are held during Uthiram nakshathiram day in the Tamil month of Panguni. Panguni Uthiram is an important part of the calendar in most temples. Young unmarried women – especially those born under Uthiram – pray at this temple seeking Lord’s blessing for early marriage, removal of hurdles causing delay in marriage, long & happy marital life. Mangalya Maharishi is the First invitee when the marriage alliance is finalised. Devotees place the First Invitation of the marriage at the feet of Mangalya Maharishi and invite him to grace the marriage and bless the young couple.

Mangalya Maharishi is believed to attend the marriage and bless the newly weds. After the marriage the newly weds visit this temple for thanks-giving. Married women pray for longevity of their Husband’s life. Elderly and destitute who have been deserted by their children are reunited with their family after worship here. People suffering from chronic pain in their feet are relived of their ailment after prayers to Mangalyeswarar

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