Abodes of lord Shiva

148. Arulmigu Vanamulaiamman sameda Kediliappar Temple - Kizha Velur

Moolavar   Kediliappar, Akshaya Linga swamy
Thayar   Vanamulaiamman, Sundara Kujambal
Theertham   Agni, Brahma, Saravana Poigai, Soorya, Chandra and Kubera Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam   Pushkala Vimanam
Sthala Vruksham   Pathiri and Ilandai Trees
Paadiyavar   Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base   Thiruvarur
Nearest Railway Station   Kizha Velur



This Temple is located at about 13 Kms from Thiruvarur, 13 Kms from Nagapattinam, 5 Kms from Thirukkanangudi, 8 Kms from Sikkal and 130 Kms from Trichy. The Temple is located on Thiruvarur – Nagapattinam route via Sikkal on NH 67 Road. Nearest Railway Station is Kivelur Railway Station located at about 2 Kms from the Temple. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.



Lord Muruga sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to cleanse himself of the sin he incurred for killing demon Soorapadman in Tiruchendur. Lord Shiva advised the Son to create a spring in Keezha Velur and worship him to accomplish the purpose. Lord Muruga reached this place with his Nava-Nine commanders. To begin the worship, first, Lord Muruga made a Vinayaka with turmeric (Manjal in Tamil) powder. That place near Velur is now called Manjadi. With the help of Maya the divine sculptor, he built a beautiful Shiva Temple with a Vimana called Pushkala Vimana. Creating a spring with his Vel weapon on the east entrance, he bathed in the water along with his commanders and all army men. Completing all the preliminaries, Lord Muruga began an intense penance on Lord Shiva. Evil spirits began to spoil the Lord’s penance. He sought the help of Mother Parvathi, who in the name of Anju Vattathu Amman – Mother covering five circles – four directions and the sky – appeared there and protected Lord Muruga and his penance. Agasthiyar was penancing at Vindhya Parvatham. Here there was a king of the forest who was disturbing the people who visit to Agasthiyar place. Agasthiyar cursed him to become a donkey. In their next birth the two donkeys were in a business man’s house. He used them to transport commodities. Once they came to this temple with their master and drank the water in the Brahma Pushkarani, and they were able to look into their previous birth and started conversing among them. The master was afraid at the donkeys speaking like human beings and he left them. They went around the temple and heard a voice asking them to take bath, worship Lord Siva on Full moon day of Adi (July) for four days and drink the Water of Brahma. Lords Vishnu and Brahmma, Indira, Agni, Yama, Chandra the Moon, Vayu, Sages Vashista, Sage Markandeya, Dhunmathi and Chandra Gupta had worshipped Lord in this temple. Shiva is said to have danced with his right foot raised, for Agasthiar. Guberan came here to help out a poor devotee by name Chandragupta.



This Shivastalam is a Maadakovil built at an elevation by Kochengata Cholan and is located half way in between Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur. As there were many places called Velur, as this place is on the east, it is named Keezha Velur. The hillock is known as Chitrakootagiri. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanmars Thirugnana Sambandar and Thirunavukkarasar. This is the 201st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 84th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Naadu. The temple has main Raja Gopuram of Seven tiers and two prakaram. Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Kediliappar / Akshaya Linga Swamy. Moolavar baanam is small and Avudayar is big. The Vimanam is built with stone. His consort is known as Vanamulai Amman / Sundara Gujambal. Here Goddess sculpture is made of mortar, so there is no abishekam for Ambal. Mother is located in a separate shrine. A grand Rajagopuram with stucco figures and majestic walls adorn the shrine. The Aniyottikkal Mandapam, the Mahamandapam have beautiful images of lions, Yalis. Inscriptions from the Chola period and the Maratha period are seen in this temple. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Lord Badri Vinayaka. The image of Nataraja here is of great beauty and it dates back to the 18th century. Here Natarajar is seen standing with his left leg and his right one is lifted above with ten hands giving his blessings to Agastya Muni. The Navagrahams are in a single file as in Tiruvarur nearby. 12th Century Chola inscriptions are seen in this temple and several literary works glorify this shrine. This shrine has been glorified by Muthuswamy Dheekshidhar’s krithi Akshaya Linga Vibho in the raga Sankarabharanam. In the outer prakaram, there are shrines for Lords Muruga, Nataraja, Somaskanda, Dakshinamurthy, Viswanatha, Kailasanathar, Brihadeeswarar, Annamalaiyar, Jambukeswarar, Maha Lakshmi, Indiran, Narthana Vinayaga, Kalyana Sundarar, Sundara Vinayakar, Anjuvattammai, Venkatachalapati, Agasthya lingam under the Sthala Vriksham, Kuberan in the Amman shrine Kailasanathar, Bhadrakali, Sage Agasthya, Ekambareswarar, Chozheeswarar, Kalahasteeswarar and Aalunkoveswarar (In the form of Palipeedam). The shrines for Lord Muruga and Kubera the Lord of Wealth are big in size separately. In the Thyagarajar Sannadhi Vimanam, Dhakshinamoorthy depicted as Veena Dhakshinamoorthy in sitting posture. Sudhai Nandhi is very big under a mandapam. Kaali is of Sudhai, hence only Punugu and sambarani thailam is applied. The Anju Vattathu Amman Koil here is very famous among devotees. The Shiva Linga worshipped by Sage Agasthya is also in the temple. People pray to cleanse themselves of sins and adverse aspects of spirits. Realizing their wishes, devotees contribute what they could for the renovation of the temple.

Arulmigu Vanamulaiamman sameda Kediliappar Temple
Kizha Velur, Thiruvarur - 611104
Phone: 4366 – 276 733
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm