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Saptha Vitanga Temples

In the vidanga temples there will be a murthi called Thyagarajar. It is the Saha Umaa Skandha (generally called Soomaaskandha) form of Lord Shiva. Vidangam means 'not chisteled' and Saptha means 'Seven'.  Initially this murthi was prayed by Mahaa VishNu, and he got a beautiful son Manmadha. Later he gave it to Brahma and he gave it to Indra. Indra prayed the murthi for a long time. The Chola king Muchukunda, who had the face of monkey, was a king known for his valor. He helped once Indra for defeating demons. Indra wanted to present something and asked Muchukunda what he wanted. Muchukunda being a devotee of Lord Shiva and impressed by the Thyagarajar asked for that muurthi. Indra didn't want to give that to Muchukunda. So he ordered to make six similar murthis and asked Muchukunda to find out the one he wanted. Muchukunda prayed God and found the original muutrthi. So Indra gave him all the seven murthis to Muchukunda. Muchukunda kept those murthis in seven temples which are called Seven vidanga temples. (all these temples are in Tamil Nadu and situated around Thanjavuur.)

 
1. Vanmeekinathar Temple, Thiruvarur Ajapa Natanam Vidhi Vidangar
2. Dharbhaaranyeeswarar Temple, Thirunallar Unmatta Natanam Naha Vidangar
3. Kayarohaneeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam Paravaratharanga Natanam Sundara Vidangar
4. Kannayiranathar Temple, Thirukkaravasal Kukutta Natanam Adhi Vidangar
5. Bramhapureeswarar Temple, Thirukuvalai Bhringa Natanam Avani Vidangar
6. Vaimoornathar Temple, Thiruvaimoor Kamala Natanam Neela Vidangar
7. Vedharanyeeswarar Temple, Vedharanyam Hamsa Paada Natanam Buvani Vidangar