One of the Navagraha sthala, Alangudi represents Guru Bhagawan - Jupiter. Guru, called Dakshinamurthy, is enshrined in a separate enclosure in this temple. It is also called Thirumanamangalam because Ambal undertook severe penance and married Shiva here. Lord Shiva, as a ferryman, helped saint Sundarar cross the river Vettaru, but while crossing, the boat capsized. Suddenly, lord Shiva appeared on rishaba vahana and helped Sundarar reach the shore safely.
Wisdom, intellect, fame and wealth are associated with Guru who is also called Brihaspathi.
He is the lord of Dhanus and Meena rasi.
Auspicious day - Thursday
Kondakadalai (channa dhal) is Guru’s favorite dhanya.
Favorite colour — Yellow
He sits on a lotus flower.
Muthuswamy Dikshitar has composed a kriti on Guru Bhagwan in raga Atana –Brihaspathe - in Triputa tala.
Guru in Sanskrit means dispeller of darkness – gu: darkness and ru: dispeller.
Guru’s favourite stone – Pushaparakam.
Favourite flower — Mullai
Reciting his Gayathri on Thursdays is beneficial.
Worshipping Guru on Thursdays is believed to have beneficial effects.
Alangudi is near Kumbakonam, en route to Mannargudi in Thanjavur district.