Abodes of lord Shiva

189. Arulmigu Vedhanayaki sameda Vedaranyeswarar Temple - Thirumaraikkaadu

Moolavar   Vedaranyeswarar, Maraikattunathar, Thirumaraikadar
Thayar   Vedhanayaki, Veena Vadha Vidushani
Theertham   Manikarnikagai, Vedha Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vanni Maram, Punnai Maram
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Nagapattinam
Nearest Railway Station   Vedharanyam



This Paadal Petra Sthalam temple is located at Vedaranyam, a seashore town. It is situated at about 45 Kms from Nagapattinam, 35 kms from Thiruthuraipoondi, 63 kms from Thiruvarur & 100 kms from Kumbakonam. Convenient bus facilities are Available to Vedaranyam from Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Tiru Thurai Poondi. Other Paadal Petra Shivasthalams in the vicinity are Agathiyampalli, 3 Kms from here and Kodiakarai, 12 Kms from here. Although bus services are available to reach Vedaranyam, it is better to go by car if one has to visit the nearby places like Agathiyampalli, Ramar Patham, Kodiakarai, Pushpavanam and Naluvedapathi. Nearest Railway Station is located at Vedaranyam



Holy Vedas Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva came to this place in human form and stayed at Naalu Veda Pathi near by. They gathered flowers for their worship from Pushpavanam. Sooner Kaliyuga was born they felt that days to come would not be safe, expressed their feelings to Lord and left after closing the doors. Even now, it is believed that plants, trees continue to worship Lord here. After the closure of the main entrance, people used the other entrance called Thitti Vayil to worship Lord in the temple. After the visit of the great saints Gnana Sambandar and Appar and the normal functioning of the doors, people are now using the main entrance and that the place was named Vedaranyam as Vedas worshipped here, are the facts available from history. On their journey to various Shiva temples spread over the state, celebrated Saivite Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar (Appar) came to Thiru Maraikadu Temple. They sung pathigams-set of 10 verses- at each temple in praise of Lord Shiva. They were shocked to see that the main entrance of this temple was closed. They also saw devotees entering the temple through a side entrance. They enquired with the priests how this happened. They were told that the Vedas worshipped Lord Shiva here and returned after closing the door. Hearing that Vedas, the holy scriptures of land themselves worshipped the Lord here, Gnasambandar requested Tirunavukkarasar – Appar to sing a hymn on Lord to open the doors. Appar, tears flowing from his eyes sang ten verses beginning with line “Pannin Ner Moshiyal” and begged Lord to open the doors of the temple. Excited by the graceful response of the Lord, both entered the temple through the main entrance and worshipped Lord. While coming out, Appar wished Gnanasambandar to sing a hymn so that doors could be opened and closed for the worship of the devotees as in all temples. Child saint Sambandar sang a Pathigam – 10 verses – beginning with the line “Chathuram Marai” closing the door. Since then, main doors of temple began to function in usual manner as in other temples. Mother Goddess is praised as Veda Nayaki, Yazhai Pazhitha Mozhiyal meaning that her voice defeats the sweetness of Veena in Tamil and Veena Vadha Vidhooshini in Sanskrit. This glory of Mother Ambica is praised by Acharya Sankara in the 66th verse of his celebrated Soundarya Lahari suggesting for gaining excellence in Music. The temple is the second in the rank of Saptha Vidanga Sthalas of Lord Shiva. The Thiagaraja idol in the temple was earlier gifted to emperor Mushukunda Chakravarthi. The dance of Lord here is praised as Hamsa Natana. This is a very ancient Shivasthala in the state. Of the 64 Shakti Peetas of Ambica glory, the peeta in the temple is praised as Sundari Peeta. Presiding deity is also known as Marai Kadu Urayum Manalar – Lord having His home in Maraikadu. Saraswathi in the temple has no Veena in her hand. All the 63 Nayanmars and 10 Thogayara Nayanars – total 73 – are in idol form in the temple. Four Vedas- Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva had worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple. This is the temple where Lord granted sage Agasthya His wedding darshan. Great emperors Manu, Mandadha, Dasaratha, Lord Rama, Pandavas, Mahabali were blessed by Lord. Of the 16 Sabhas-Durbars of Lord Shiva, the temple ranks 12, praised as Deva Bhakta Sabha. The Kolaru Pathigam of Gnana Sambandar used by many devotees in their daily prayers for relief from the adverse effects of planets was sung from this temple. Lord Mela Kumara-Muruga is praised in the Tirupugazh hymns of saint Arunagirinathar. Sage Paranjothi Munivar, author of Tiruvilayadal Puranam speaking Lord Shiva’s plays for the benefit of His devotees, was born here. It is also noteworthy that though the water outside the temple complex is salty in taste, the water within the complex only is sweet and palatable. Drinking water supply to this area is made from the water in the temple only.



Arulmigu Vedhanayaki sameda Vedaranyeswarar Temple
Vedharanyam, Nagapattinam - 614810
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 11.00 am , 5.00pm to 8.30 pm