Abodes of lord Shiva

223. Arulmigu Thirupurasundari sameda Veeratteswarar Temple - Thiruvathigai

 
Moolavar   Veeratteeswarar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Thirupurasundari, Periyanayaki
Kshethram  
Theertham   Garuda Nadi, Soola Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Sarakkondrai
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Panruti
Nearest Railway Station   Panruti
 

 

Location

This shivasthlam temple is located 2 Kms south-west of Panruti on the north bank of river Kedilam. Town bus services from Panruti to Cuddalore goes via Thiruvathigai. One has to get down at Thiruvathigai temple bus stop and walk a short distrance to reach the temple. Anothar paadal petra sthalam Tiruthuraiyur is located at about 8 Kms. from Panruti.

 

History

According to the legend Thirugnana Sambanthar was glorified by the cosmic dance of Shiva. Appar's sister Thilakavathiyar settled here during her later years and devoted her lifetime service to Shiva. Afflicted by a painful illness, Thirunavukkarasar prayed for relief at this temple where his sister Thilagavathiyar served and was cured. Legend holds that this temple is the place where Shiva destroyed three rakshashas and the three cities created by them. Saranarayana Perumal, another name ofVishnu, is the one who gave the arrow to Shiva for killing the demons. The Saranarayana Perumal temple is also located in Panruti. Three wicked demons, Tharukakshan, Kamalakshan and Vidyunmali performed severe penance on Lord Brahmma and obtained powerful boons that would keep them ever alive without death. With this boon, they began to harass the Devas and others. All of them appealed to Lord Shiva for protection. Lord Shiva made earth His Rath, Sun and Moon the wheels, Brahmma the charioteer and the Devas His army. He made a bow of the Meru Mount, Vasuki the serpent the chord, Vishnu the bow with Agni (fire) the sharp point and mounted on the Rahth. Suddenly, the axis of the Rath broke. Immediately, prayers were offered to Lord Vinayaka for the remedy. Lord began the March. Devas accompanying the Lord thought that Lord would win the war with their help only. Realizing their pride, Shiva used no weapons on the enemies. He simply laughed at them. A fire ball came out of His laughter and reduced the demons to ashes. Realizing their folly, Devas bowed down their heads in shame. The arrogance of both the demons and the Devas were destroyed simultaneously by the Lord. Lord pardoned two demons and made them His security guards-dwarapalakas. One became player of his Kudamuzha instrument. This is the story celebrated as Tiripura Samharam.

 

Architecture

The Thiruvadigai Temple was originally built as a Jain temple by the Pallava king Mahendravarman I in the 6th century AD. However, on his conversion from Jainism to Hinduism, Mahendravarman demolished the existing temple and built a temple to Shiva in its place. The temple contains some remaining Jain artifacts. There is also another Shiva temple and a Vishnu temple nearby believed to have been constructed from the remains of the demolished Jain temple.

Arulmigu Thirupurasundari sameda Veeratteswarar Temple
Panruti, Cuddalore - 607106
Phone: 9841962089
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 pm, 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm