Thiruvirkudi – Sri Veerataneswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Veerataneswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Veerataneswarar

Ambal: Elavar Kuzhali, Parimala Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Chakkara Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Tulsi

Devaram:  Tirugnanasambandar

Sthalapuranam:

Presiding deity of the temple is Lord Veerattaneswarar.  Mother is Parimala Nayaki.  Brinda in Sanskrit means Tulsi in Tamil.  Remembering this chaste woman, Tulsi plant is revered as the sacred tree of the temple.  People pray here for solutions caused by Vasthu dosha-wrong designing of a building affecting peace and prosperity.  Devotees also pray to Sri Anjaneya in the temple.

Indira the king of Devas went to Mount Kailash to have Shiva darshan with the pride of a king.  In the guise of a watchman, Lord Shiva prevented him from proceeding further.  Proud Indira struck Shiva with His vajrayutha when Lord opened His forehead eye.  Realizing the watchman was Shiva, Indira fell at His feet and sought His pardon.  Lord Shiva spilled a drop of His sweat in the milk ocean from where a demon child was born.  The child pulled the beard of Lord Brahmma who cried in pain.  His tears also fell on the child.  The child wet with Shiva’s sweat, Brahmma’s tears and the drop of the milk ocean was named Jalandarasura.

When He grew, he demanded Brahmma a life without death and the rule of the three worlds.  Brahmma denied it.  He got the boon that he would be alive till such time his chaste wife Brindhai was found mentally tainted.  His atrocities grew in leaps and bounds and finally decided to kill Lord Shiva Himself.  Lord came before the demon in the guise of an aged person, drew a round line as a chakra.  He asked the demon to take the Chakra, place it on his head and said that it would destroy him.  Arrogant demon challenged that the Chakra could not kill him as his wife was a chaste woman.

Shiva called Lord Vishnu and asked Him to appear before Brinda as Jalandarasura.  Not knowing that the visitor was not her husband, she called him in with the respect of a husband and thus got tainted mentally.  Lord Shiva placed the Chakkara on demon’s head which chopped off his head.  Knowing the design of Lord Vishnu, Brinda immolated herself cursing Lord Vishnu that He would have to suffer separation from His wife.  To come over the curse, Lord Vishnu had to take the Ramavathara later, goes the story.

Due to curse of Brinda, Lord Vishnu became mentally retarded.  To cure Him, Lord Shiva sowed a seed at the place where Brinda burnt herself.  Tulsi plant grew.  A garland was made of the Tulsi leaves and placed on Lord Vishnu.  He was cured completely.  Lord Vishnu asked Lord Shiva to gift Him the Chakra-discus.  He worshipped Lord Shiva with thousand lotus flowers.  When He found that the number was short by two, He unhesitatingly took His eyes for the puja.  Pleased Shiva rewarded Lord Vishnu with the Chakra

The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram.  Chakkara Theertham is opposite the tower with safe and convenient steps and compound wall.  It is a big tank with a Lord Vinayaka temple on the bank.  Passing the Gopuram entrance, a beautiful Nagalinga sculpture greets the devotee.  A Shiva temple worshipped by Lord Vishnu and the place from where Lord Shiva restored Brinda to life as Tulsi are in the outer prakara.  There are also shrines for Mother Mahalakshmi, Lords Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Bhairava, Sani Bhagwan, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun, Moon, Pidari and a well called Gnana Theertham in this prakara.  There is also a separate temple for Lord Bhairava.

Route:

The visitor has to get down at Thangalancherry on the Tiruvarur-Mayiladuthurai road to reach the temple. Buses from Tiruvarur to Aamur and Tirumarugal pass through this place.

Temple Timings:

12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-94439 21146

Temple Address:

Sri Veerattaneswarar Temple,

Tiruvirkudi – 609 405.

Tiruvarur district

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