Vedaranyam – Sri Vedaranyeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Vedaranyeswarar Alayam

Period of origin

Before 6th Century

Name of deity


Ambal: Yazhia pazhitha Mozhiyal (Veenavatha vidhushini)

Sthala Theertham: Manikarnika

Stalavriksham: Vanni

Dhevaram: Appar, Thirugnanasampanthar and Sundarar


It is Believed that four vedas (RIG, YAjUR, SAMA AND ADHARVANA) made thapas at Naluvedhapahti and entered through the four gates of Vedaranyam temple and got Lord Shiva dharshan .

When Kaliyug started, the Vedhas left this sthalam closing for ever the front main door of this temple. People were entering the temple through a small opening in the side wall and were worshiping the deity here.Hence Appar opened the main door and Gnansampanthar closed it by singing Dhevaram songs.

The Bramotsavam festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Masi for 29 days in the remembrance of opening the main entrance door.

There is an sculpture of Uma Maheswarar behind the Shivalingam in the sanctum. Agasthiyar is said to have obtained a vision of Shiva’s marriage here.

By worshiping here, a rat has changed its life into a king known to be Parikshith Maharaj.

Viswamithra given his body to lord Shiva by changing flesh into thread and blood into oil for the dheepadhoop.

inside the premises we can see manikarnika Theertham, Vanni with rahu and kedhu idols, mahamandapam, separate shrine for Lord Thiyagaraja, 63 nayanmars and Ramanathalingam. In the second premises VeerhathiVinayagar, Murugan, Nasikedhu, Swethakedhu, Jurakarar, Sani, Saraswathi without veena, Annapurani and durga are seen

Yaali stone with irremovable rolling pillars in their mouths, images of the 12 zodiac signs are some of the interesting features seen here.

Here Vidangar (emerald linga)called as BUVANIVIDANGAR In this place Thiyagaraja dance is called as HAMSAPATHA Nadanam(dance).

Water in all the wells at Vedharanyam taste salty and the well situated inside the temple alone gives good drinking water and used by the people.

This is the seventh Saptha vidanga place in order

A separate shrine for Ambal is seen.


1. 45 kms from Nagapattinam.
2. 3 kms from Kodiakkarai

Temple Timings:

6.30 am and 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Vedaranyeswarar Alayam

Economical hotels and lodges:

V.P.K. Lodge, Nethaji Salai, Nagapattinam.
PH: 04365/240678

Balakrishnan Lodge, Neela South St, Nagapattinam
PH: 04365-242449

Balakumar Lodge, Hospital Road, Nagapattinam.
PH: 04365-242484

Luxury Hotels

Hotel Seahorse, Public Office Road, Kadambady, Nagapattinam
PH: 04365-247047

Hotel Chettinadu Nethaji Road, Opposite to Railway Station, Nagapattinam
PH: 04365-220543

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