Name of the Temple
Sri Veerattaneswarar Temple
Period of origin
Before 2000 years
Name of deity
Ambal: Perianayaki, Ilankilainaayaki
Sthala Theertham: Shoola theertham
Sthala Virksham: Sarakondrai
The main attraction of the temple is the bronze idol of Gajasamhaara Moorthi. The shrine is reverentially referred to as Gnanasabhai, or the hall of knowledge, one of the Lord’s nine famous dance halls similar to the Kanaka Sabhai in Chidambaram. The Gajasamhaara Thaandava is considered to be a form of Oordhva Taandava (Dance of Fury) of the Lord. This idol is placed alongside an idol of Shakthi with Skanda in her arms. Shakthi is portrayed as trying to reluctantly run away from the spot, confused between her care for her husband and her apparent fright. Skanda, on the other hand, is depicted with his index finger pointing towards the Moorthi of Gajasamhaarar as though crying out, “Oh, there is father and mother”. The whole set of bronze sculptures has a very lifelike appearance. Just like at Chidambaram, a powerful Yantra has been installed behind the moorthi of Gajasamhaarar. Special worship is often offered to this Yantra to negate the effects of witch-craft and black magic.
Out of the 64 Maheshwara Moorthams, only the Gajasamhaara moortham and the Saha-Uma-Skandar (Somaskandar) moortham, portray the Lord in the presence of both Parvathi and Muruga. On a more esoteric note, the Gajasamhaara Moorthi represents the vanquishing of the untold miseries caused by ignorance and the realization of true knowledge. Skanda, though having originated from Shiva, acts as the middleman between us and his father, by guiding us on the correct path to the absolute truth. It is to represent this that he sits on his mother’s lap and points his finger towards his father in the Gajasamhaara Moortham.
Apart from these, there are separate shrines for Ayyappa (this is believed to be his birthplace), Vinayaka and other Parivara Devathas. Interestingly, at the Navagraha shrine, the planets are positioned in a strange manner. Guru, who is usually antagonistic towards Shani, is shown to be facing Shani here, hence making it a Grahamithra Kshetra. Shani also has a separate shrine dedicated to him, where he is shown to be bearing a bow. There is also a shrine dedicated to the bewitching moorthi of Bhikshaadanar and his companion, Mohini in bronze idols.
One of the many strange features of the temple is the location of the Theertham or the sacred pond. Usually, in Shiva temples, Nandi is found between the pond and the Linga. However, here, the theertham is located between the Nandi and the Linga. This theertham has five wells and is popularly known as the Pancha Mukha theertham. Every new moon day many devotees visit to have a dip in this theertham.
The Gajasamhaara festival in the months of February-March (Maasi) is very grand. It is a three day (on the Pusam, Ayilyam and Magha Nakshatras) celebration, with the actual Gajasamhaaram taking place on the evening of the second day.
In the legend of Bitchadanar, once the rishis of Tharukavanam thought penance itslef will provide everything and there is no superior God and their ladies were also equally egoistic. Shiva took the form of a beautiful full-nude beggar as Bitchadanar accompanied by Vishnu as Mohini with all their sheen to teach them a lesson. On getting furious over their ladies getting attracted towards this nude beggar, the rishis did different things like creating a snake, tiger, elephant etc., through yagnas, sending mantras and vedas to fight Bitchadanar but nothing could stand in front of Him. It is believed that the heroic feat of vanquishing the rogue elephant that came from the Yagna was staged at Vazhuvoor and Shiva is being portrayed as GajaSamhara moorthy in this act. When the elephant approached Shiva, He assumed a miniscule form and jumped into the trunk of the elephant. He then took His viswaroopa inside the elephant’s body and came out explosively bursting through the stomach of the rogue elephant. Shiva finally revealed His true identity and did a furious dance in front of them. On knowing their mistake, the rishis at once surrendered to Bitchadanar. The rishis learnt hard way that learning all the mantras and vedas are only to promote the human lives and to do good to the society.
10 day Vasanth Utsav festival during Panguni-Chithirai Tamil months covering English March to May with Lord gracing from the Mandap; Chithirai (April-May) Sadayam star festival on Saint Appar Salvation event; 10 day Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June with Panchamurthi procession on silver vahan; 10 day Aadi Pooram; 10 day Manickavasagar utsav in Margazhi, 1 day Margazhi Tiruvadhirai with Theerthavari etc.
Tiruvavur to mayavaram road you can reach Vahuvoor post you will be seeing a sighn board, as per the board you have to take 2 km to reach the village.
6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
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