Abodes of lord Shiva

77. Arulmigu Mangayarkarasi sameda Vedhapureeswarar Temple - Thiruvedhikudi

Moolavar   Vedhapureeswarar, Vazhai Madu Nathar
Thayar   Mangayarkarasi
Theertham   Vaidha theertham
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvaiyaru
Nearest Railway Station   Thanjavur



The temple is located 5 km east of Tiruvaiyaru and 3 km away from Thirukkandiyur. Kandiyur is 16 km from Thanjavur on the Tiruvaiyaru road. Thiruvedhikudi is 2 km east of Kandiyur bus stop. The devotee should contact the priest in advance.



A Chola king was much worried because of the delay in the marriage of his daughter. He came to this temple, worshipped Mother Mangayarkarasi seeking the wedding boon for his daughter. The wedding took place shortly. Since the day, he changed the name of his daughter as Mangayarkarasi as a token of his gratitude to Mother. He also did many renovations to the temple. An Asuran grabbed the Vedas from Lord Brahma and went deep inside the sea; Sri Maha Vishnu took an Avatar and got back the Vedas from the Asuran. All the Vedas which were along with the asuras, got the Dosham of being along with them, as a result all the Vedas performed Tapas towards Siva Perumaan of this sthalam, since all the Vedas performed tapas, this sthalam is called as "Tiru Vedhikkudi" and Siva Perumaan is called as "Vedhupureeswarar". The Pranava manthra "OM" came here and worshiped Lord Shiva, where ever the Pranavam goes the Vedhas will follow, hence Pranava manthra "OM" consider to be the peak in Vedhas, because all Vedhas worshiped the lord here, this place is called as Vedhikkudi. This is the place where Lord Shiva collected Vedhiyar (priest) for Nandhi’s Marriage.This one of the Saptha Sthana Sthalam. Lord Brahma is said to have worshiped Lord Shiva at this Sthalam (place). Sun’s rays fall on the Sivalingam at sunrise on 13th, 14th and 15th day of Tamil month Panguni every year. It is believed that Sun god Sooriyan performs pooja during these 3 days to Lord Shiva at this sthalam. Generally, the Arthanareeswarar form of Lord Shiva has Shakti on the left. But with a view to give importance to womanhood, Lord is on the left and Mother on the right in the Arthanareeswarar form in this Thiruvedhikudi temple. As Lord Brahmma (Vedhi) worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place is named Thiruvedhikudi. Those worshipping Lord Vedapuriswarar will become scholars in Vedas. The four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva – had worshipped Lord in this temple.



Arulmigu Mangayarkarasi sameda Vedhapureeswarar Temple
Thiruvedhikudi-Kandiyur PO, Thanjavur - 613202
Phone: 4362-262334, 9345104187, 9345104187, 9842978302
Temple Timings : 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm