Thiruvedhikudi – Sri Vedapureeswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vedapureeswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vedapureeswarar, Vazhai Madu Nathar

Ambal: Mangayarkarasi

Sthala Theertham: Vaidha theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilwa

Devaram: Tirugnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar


The temple has a 3 tier Rajagopuram, one prakara with Listening Vinayaka (Sevi Saitha Vinayaka). 108 Shivalinga, Lords Subramania, Dakshinamurthy, Arthanareeswara, Nataraja, Mothers Durga and Mahalakshmi and Sapthasthana Linga shrines are in the inner prakara.
There are also epigraphic evidences about the history of the temple belonging to Rajakesari Varman and Koparakesari Varman period.  The name of the Lord is shown as Tiruvedhikudi Mahadevar, Parakesari Chaturvedi Mangala Mahadevar.  As Lord appeared from the plantain (Vazhai) field, He is also praised as Vazhaimadu Nathar.  Pallava kings too had done renovations to the temple

Saint Tirugnanasambandar had sung the glory of Lord in all his hymns.  In his pathigam (10 verses) worshipping the Lord of the temple, in the seventh verse, he mentions His mercy on those aspiring an auspicious wedding.Generally, the Arthanareeswara form of Lord Shiva has Shakti on the left.  But with a view to give importance to womanhood, Lord is on the left and Mother on the right in the Arthanareeswara form in this Tiruvedhikudi temple.
As Lord Brahmma (Vedhi) worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place is named Tiruvedhikudi.  Those worshipping Lord Vedapureeswarar will become scholars in Vedas.  The four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva – had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Lord Vinayaka, enjoying the sound of the Vedas, listened to the recitation by leaning His ears with all attention.  He thus assumed the name Veda Pillayar.  As many scholars well versed in Vedas live here, the place was also once known as Chaturvedi Mangalam. Sun God, Indira, Sage Vyasa and Lord Vishnu had worshipped Shiva in this temple.  Surya Puja is performed in the temple on 13, 14 and 15th of Panguni month to Sun God in March-April.

A Chola king was much worried because of the delay in the marriage of his daughter.  He came to this temple, worshipped Mother Mangayarkarasi seeking the wedding boon for his daughter.  The wedding took place shortly.  Since the day, he changed the name of his daughter as Mangayarkarasi as a token of his gratitude to Mother.  He also did many renovations to the temple.

This is the fourth sacred Shiva sthalas among the seven where Lord Aiyarappar of Thiruvaiyaru pays His visit during the Chithirai month covering April-May.


Kandiyur is 16 km from Thanjavur on the Tiruvaiyaru road. Tiruvedhikudi is 2 km east of Kandiyur bus stop.

Temple Timings:

10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-93451 04187, +91-4362-262 334, 93451 04187, 98429 78302

Temple Address:

Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple,


Kandiyur post-613 202.

Tiruvaiyaru Taluk,

Thanjavur district

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