Tamil Nadu is famous for its sleepy temple towns and the images it inspires in the minds of the tourist are not that far from the real thing. In many ways Thirumanancheri is the archetypal temple town, located on the banks of the Cauvery River in the Nagapattinam district. Many are the towns in Tamil Nadu that are known far and wide as being centers of Shaivism. Thirumanancheri is another one of those centers.
The temple of Thirumanancheri is dedicated to Lord Shiva. But, there is a catch here: the temple is worshipped by lonely hearts who have had no luck in finding a good life partner. “Thirumanam” stands for marriage and “Cheri” translates to village or hamlet. According to legend, it was here that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvathi. It is said that all hurdles that prevent a successful marriage can be overcome if one makes a pilgrimage to Thirumanancheri.
The town is easily accessible via road and rail. The closest railway station is Mayiladuthurai Junction and the town is close to Kumbakonam Railway junction as well. The route by road is also well maintained. One can get to Thirumanancheri by road from Chennai via the Pondicherry-Cuddalore route.
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The climate in Thirumanancheri is pretty good at all times of the year, and hence one does not have to make special travel plans taking climatic conditions into consideration. It has good weather throughout the year.