Thanjai Maamanikkoyil is located in a suburb by name "Vennatrankarai",
outskirts of Thanjavur. This
is a actually a cluster of three temples, considered to be one Divya
Desam, sung by Tirumangaialwar, Bhootattalwar and Nammalwar. Nammalwar
refers to Manikkunram, while Bhootattalwar refers to Thanjai.
Tirumangaialwar refers to Thanjai Maamanaikkoyil, and Manikunram.
This temple dates back to the period of the Nayakas of Madurai. The Veda Sundara Vimanam (also spelt as Vimana) above the Veerasinga Perumaal shrine is of great beauty. The Thanjavur palace administers these temples.
According to the legend prevailing Lord Vishnu took the Narasimha Avataram to vanquish a demon elephant by name "Tanjakan"; upon his request, Lord Vishnu took abode here, in this 'Sthalam' (place), which came to be known as "Thanjavur".
About The Temple And Deities
The Maamanikkoyil, first of the three temples, enshrines Neelamegapperumaal in a sitting posture facing east, and his consort is Senkamalavalli. One can also see a beautiful image of Nartana Krishnar and shrines dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimhar (also spelt as Narasimha) and Lakshmi Hayagrivar.
Manikkunram is the second temple where Manikkunrapperumaal is enshrined in a seated posture, facing east along with his consort Ambujavalli. The Theertham (also spelt as Teertha) here is the Rama Theertham (also spelt as Tirtha, or Teertha) and the Vimanam is Manikkoota Vimanam. The great sage Markandeya is believed to have worshipped here.
The third is Thanjaiyali Nagar, enshrining a seated image of Lord Narasimha whose consort is Thanjai Nayaki. There is a Teertham called "Surya Pushkarini" and the Vimanam is Vedasundara Vimanam. The Utsavar in all of these temples is known as "Narayanan".
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Thanjavur, which is on Chennai-Trichy main line.
Road: Vennatrankarai is in the suburbs of Thanjavur. Regular buses are available from Thanjavur.
Varied accommodation options are available for the tourists at the hotels in Thanjavur.