Vada Aranyeswarar Temple at Thiruvalangadu is one of the Padal Petra Sthalams. This place was once a forest of Banyan trees and hence the name Thiruvalangadu (Thiru + Alam + Kadu). Thiru means holy, Alam is Banyan and Kadu means forest. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy here. The Lord is facing East and His Consort Vandar Kuzhali Amman is in a separate shrine facing South. The theertham is Mukthi Theertham and the Sthala Vruksham is Alamaram or Banyan tree.
Thiruvalangadu is located about 60 kms from Kathipara Junction, Chennai.
It is around 15 Kms from Arakkonam and 18.6 Kms from Tiruvallur.
Arulmigu Vandarkuzhali sametha Vadaranyeswarar Koil Tiruvalangadu – 609 810, Tiruvallur district.
Temple Phone Number: +91- 4118-272 608.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Viswaroopa Darshan – 6 AM
Kala Sandhi Pooja – 7.30 AM
Uchchikala Pooja – 10.30 AM
Sayaratchai Pooja – 4.30 PM
Ardhajama Pooja – 7.30 PM
Palliyarai Pooja – 8 PM
It is said that Mandhi the son of Saneeswaran was in penance and a lizard fell on him and it indicated a bad omen. He asked his father how he could get rid of the dosham. Saneeswaran asked him to pray to Lord Shiva and accordingly he prayed to Lord Shiva. The Lord appeared before him and asked him to do puja for a mandalam (48 days) at Thiruvalangadu. He installed a Lingam here and performed the puja to get rid of the dosham.
It is recommended to do the parihara puja on Saturdays since Mandhi is the son of Saneeswaran who is the Lord of Saturdays. You can perform the puja to get rid of the malefic effects of Ashtama Sani, Ardhasthtama Sani and Janma Sani. It also gets rid of the malefic effects of Mandhi present in the wrong place of the person's horoscope. The parihara puja is also believed to remove marriage obstacles, childless will be blessed with progeny, improvement of financial status and students will do well in their academics.
This is the temple to be worshipped by people under Bharani Nakshatra regularly. By doing so they would lead a peaceful and happy life. It is even better if they visit this temple on the day of Bharani Nakshatra. Across the temple tank is the Thirumulanayaki sametha Muktheeswarar Temple in the Rasi Mandapam which has twelve pillars and the Janma Rasis and Navagraha images can be seen on those pillars. One has to either walk or go by two wheeler to reach this temple.