Abodes of lord Shiva

149. Arulmigu Madhurabhashini sameda Devapureeswarar Temple - Thevur

 
Moolavar   Devapureeswarar, Devagurunathar, Aadhi Deekshiram Udayar, Kathali Vaneswarar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Madhurabhashini, Thenmuzhiyal, Pann Nilaviya Mozhiyammai
Kshethram  
Theertham   Deva Theertham, Varuna Theertham, Gauthama Theertham, Mathura Theertham, Sanjivini Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Kal Vaazhai (Plantain Tree)
Paadiyavar   Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base   Thiruvarur
Nearest Railway Station   Kizha Velur
 

 

Location

The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Kizh Velur, 28 Kms from Thiruthuraipoondi, 18 Kms from Thiruvarur, 18 Kms from Nagapattinam, 10 Kms from Valivalam, 15 Kms from Katchanam and 134 Kms from Trichy. Thevur is located on the Nagapattinam - Thiruthuraipoondi route passing through Keel Velur and Kachanam. Town bus from Thiruvarur to Valivalam passes through this place. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kizh Velur

 

History

According to Hindu mythology, the Devas worshipped Shiva at Thevur to rid themselves of the sin of killing Vruddhasura. Hence this place got the name Thiruthevur. The temple is also associated with the legends of the Ramayana. Ravana fought with Kubera and robbed him of his pots of wealth. Kubera set out on a pilgrimage to get back his wealth. He worshipped Lord Devapureeswarar in this temple with Red Lotus flowers on a Friday at Shukra Hora time 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. and 12.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. are Shukra Hora time on Fridays. Pleased with his worship, Lord helped Kubera to get back his wealth robbed by Ravana, according Sthala Purana. Sthala Purana says by worshiping Lord Siva here one will get back their position and wealth which they have lost. As per the Mahabharata, Virata worshipped Shiva at the temple along with his daughter Uttara. Brihaspathi, the Guru of the Devas, worshipped Shiva here; hence the deity is called Devagurunathar. So there is no Muyalagan seen under the legs of Deva Guru. It is said that the Kal Vazhai came down from the Devaloka and remained near the Lord as the sacred tree of the temple. This grows on stones. Sage Gautama worshipped Lord with his own Linga here for gold etc. to help people from starvation during a 12 year famine period. Magatha King Kulavardanan completed his yajna with the blessings of Lord Devapureeswarar, according to Sthala Purana. Gautama Muni, Indhra, Kubera, Kal Vaazhai, Guru Bhagavan, Virata, Uttara, Kulavardanan and Surya are also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.

 

Architecture

This is one of the 78 Maadakovils, built on an elevation, by Ko Chenkata Chola Nayanar so that elephants cannot enter the sanctum. The Temple is facing east and the Rajagopuram is of 3 tiers. Lord of the temple is a Swayambumurthy. All deities here have the prefix Deva. Ambal is in separate temple in standing posture. Nandhi is located to the left side of Rajagopuram entrance. Deva Guru - Jupiter worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple, hence the symbol of ignorance - Muyalagan is not under the feet of Lord Dakshinamurthy in the temple (Lord Dakshinamurthy is the authority deity for planet Jupiter). Traditionally temples have either Mother Shiva Durga or a Vishnu Durga. It is a rare difference in this place that Mother Durga is holding a conch representing Vishnu feature and a deer representing Shiva feature, thus as Shiva-Vishnu Durga. Shrines of Vinayakar, Murugan, Gowthama Lingam, Agalya Lingam, Indra Lingam, 63 Nayanmar, Maha Lakshmi, Durgai, Navagrahams, Bairavar, Chandran, and Soorya are located in the inner prakaram. Somaskandar as Ammayappar is located in the first floor. Also sanctum of Athma Nathar worshiped by Manickavasagar can be seen. Subramanyar sanctum is located in between Lord Siva and Goddess sanctum, and is considered as Somaskanda Moorthy Sthalam. This Temple is considered as one of Ashta Vinayakar Sthalam. Sthala Vinayakar is Valampuri Vinayakar and he is known a Brahma Varadhar. Inscriptions belongs Jata Varma Sundara Pandiyan period can be found in this temple. Saints Sambandar and Appar had sung the glory of Lord Shiva of this temple in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 202nd Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 85th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery, in Chozha Nadu. As the place is revered as Guru Sthala - Jupiter, prayer in this temple dispenses with any adverse aspect of the planet. People pray to Lord Devapureeswarar for prosperity, recovery of losses and excellence in academic pursuits. Those seeking wedding and child boon perform pujas to this tree on Mondays.

Arulmigu Madhurabhashini sameda Devapureeswarar Temple
Thevur, Thiruvarur - 611109
Phone: 4366 276 113, 94862 78810
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm