Abodes of lord Shiva

138. Arulmigu Parimalanayaki sameda Veeratteswarar Temple - Thiruvirkudi

 
Moolavar   Veeratteswarar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Parimalanayaki, Elavar Kuzhali
Kshethram  
Theertham   Chakra Theertham, Sangu Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Tulsi
Paadiyavar   Sambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvarur
Nearest Railway Station   Thiruvarur
 

 

Location

The Temple is located at about 10 Kms from Thiruvarur, 2 Kms from Kangalancheri, 37 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 30 Kms from Nagapattinam, 15 Kms from Thirumarugal and 123 Kms from Trichy. The visitor has to get down at Kangalancheri on the Thiruvarur – Mayiladuthurai Road to reach the temple. Buses from Tiruvarur to Aamur and Thirumarugal pass through this place. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kangalancheri and Thiruvarur.

 

History

Indira the king of Devas went to Mount Kailash to have Shiva darshan with the pride of a king. In the guise of a watchman, Lord Shiva prevented him from proceeding further. Proud Indira struck Shiva with his Vajrayudha when Lord opened his forehead eye. Realizing the watchman was Shiva; Indira fell at his feet and sought his pardon. Lord Shiva spilled a drop of his sweat in the milk ocean from where a demon child was born. The child pulled the beard of Lord Brahmma who cried in pain. His tears also fell on the child. The child wet with Shiva’s sweat, Brahma’s tears and the drop of the milk ocean was named Jalandarasuran. When he grew, he demanded Brahmma a life without death and the rule of the three worlds. Brahmma denied it. He got the boon that he would be alive till such time his chaste wife Brindhai was found mentally tainted. His atrocities grew in leaps and bounds and finally decided to kill Lord Shiva himself. Lord came before the demon in the guise of an aged person, drew a round line as a chakra. He asked the demon to take the Chakra, place it on his head and said that it would destroy him. Arrogant demon challenged that the Chakra could not kill him as his wife was a chaste woman. Shiva called Lord Vishnu and asked him to appear before Brinda as Jalandarasuran. Not knowing that the visitor was not her husband, she called him in with the respect of a husband and thus got tainted mentally. Lord Shiva placed the Chakkara on demon’s head which chopped off his head. Knowing the design of Lord Vishnu, Brinda immolated herself cursing Lord Vishnu that he would have to suffer separation from his wife. To come over the curse, Lord Vishnu had to take the Ramavathara later, goes the story. Due to curse of Brinda, Lord Vishnu became mentally retarded. To cure Him, Lord Shiva sowed a seed at the place where Brinda burnt herself. Tulsi plant grew. A garland was made of the Tulsi leaves and placed on Lord Vishnu. He was cured completely. Lord Vishnu asked Lord Shiva to gift him the Chakra-discus. He worshipped Lord Shiva with thousand lotus flowers. When he found that the number was short by two, he unhesitatingly took his eyes for the puja. Pleased Shiva rewarded Lord Vishnu with the Chakra. Thulasi, which is normally the Sthala Vriksham in Vishnu temples, is the Sthala Vriksham here. Interestingly the Thulasi here is believed to be the reincarnation of Brinda, the wife of the slain demon.

 

Architecture

The Temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram and two praharams is facing west. Presiding deity is called as Veerataneswarar and is facing west. Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy with square Peedam. A Bronze Nandhi is located in front of Moolavar. His consort is known as Elavarkuzhali / Parimala Nayaki and is facing north. The festival image of Shiva here, Jalandhara Samhara Moorthy, bears the discus and chakram. Sthala Vriksham is Tulsi. Theerthams of this temple are Chakkara and Changu Theerthams. Chakkara Theertham is located opposite to the Rajagopuram with safe and convenient steps and compound wall. It is a big tank with a Lord Vinayaka temple on the bank. Passing the Gopuram entrance, a beautiful Nagalinga sculpture greets the devotee. A Shiva temple worshipped by Lord Vishnu and the place from where Lord Shiva restored Brinda to life as Tulsi are in the outer prakara. There are also shrines for Vinayaga, Mother Mahalakshmi, Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Bhairava, Anjaneya, Sani Bhagwan, Bhairavi, Mariamman, Naalvar with Sekkilar, Somaskanda, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun, Moon, Pidari and a well called Gnana Theertham in this prakara. There is also a separate temple for Lord Bhairava. Brahma, Maha Vishnu, Dhakshinamoorthy and Narthana Vinayagar are located in Koshta Walls. The lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 191st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 74th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. If one has any difficulty while building a house, they are advised to come and pray here and take a stone for use in the construction to solve the problem. If anyone in the family had expired with the curse of the ancestors, their heirs should pray here to relieve the dead of such effects. People pray here for solutions caused by Vasthu Dosha-wrong designing of a building affecting peace and prosperity.

Arulmigu Parimalanayaki sameda Veeratteswarar Temple
Thiruvirkudi, Thiruvarur - 609405
Phone: 94439 21146 , 8870887717
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm