Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai, Thiruvarur

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai, Thiruvarur
Veezhinathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiruveezhimizhalai Village in Kudavasal Taluk of Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Veezhinathar / Veezhiazhageeswarar / Netrarpaneswarar. Mother is called as Brihadsundarakuchambika / Azhagiyavanmulaiammai / Kathyayani. Sthala Vriksham is Veezhi and Theerthams of this temple are Damodara Theertham and Vishnu Theertham.












This Shivastalam is considered to be among the holiest Saivite shrines as it has the third   highest number of Patikams, the first two being Sirkazhi and Thiruvarur. This is the 178th Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 61st Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This temple is also known as a “Marriage Parihara Sthalam”.












Legends
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The Temple
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Festivals
Five worship services are offered each day. The annual Brahmmotsavam is observed in the month of Chittirai. Other festivals here include Arudra Dharisanam, Karthikai Deepam, Skanda Sashti, Shivaratri, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam and Navarathri.
Prayers
People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage talks and for child boon. Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Contact
Sri Veezhinatheswarar temple,
Thiruveezhimizhalai,
Thiruvarur District
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 273 050
Mobile: +91 – 94439 24825
Connectivity
The temple is located at about 1 Kms from Thenkarai, 3 Kms from Eravanchery, 6 Kms from Koonthalur, 5 Kms from Anniyur, 8 Kms from Konerirajapuram, 10 Kms from Poonthottam, 7 Kms from Thirupampuram, 14 Kms from Peralam, 15 Kms from Thirumeyachur, 17 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 36 Kms from Karaikal, 30 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 27 Kms from Kumbakonam and 121 Kms from Trichy.
From Kumbakonam, take Thiruvarur road till Nachiyar Koil and from there take Nachiyar Koil - Poonthottam Road to reach Thenkarai. From Thenkarai, Devotees has to cross the Arasalaru River in the north and walk for 1 Km to reach Thiruveezhimizhalai temple. Those who come from Chennai or Puducherry can come up to Mayavaram and take Mayavaram - Thiruvarur Road up to Poonthottam. From Poonthottam, take Poonthottam - Nachiyar Koil Road to reach Thenkarai. From Thenkarai, Devotees has to cross the Arasalaru River in the north and walk for 1 Km to reach Thiruveezhimizhalai temple.
The temple is 5 min walk from the Thenkarai bus stop in the Poonthottam –Nachiarkoil route. Buses are available from Thiruvarur, Kumbakonam, Peralam, Aaduthurai and Poonthottam. Nearest Railway Station is located at Poonthottam and Kumbakonam. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai – The Temple

Veezhinathar Temple, Thiruveezhimizhalai – The Temple
This temple with 3 prakarams covers an area of 4 acres and its entrance is crowned with a 7 tiered Rajagopuram. The Nandi mandapam here is of great beauty. The Rajagopuram and the Vinnizhi Vimanam of the sanctum are of great significance here. The Vowalottimandapam (100 pillared hall) has beautiful pillars and images. Appar and Sambandar are said to have established their mutts at Veezhi Mizhalai.  Inscriptions from as early as the period of Parantaka I (early 10th century) are found here.























Presiding Deity is called as Veezhinathar / Veezhiazhageeswarar / Netrarpaneswarar. Mother is called as Brihadsundarakuchambika / Azhagiyavanmulaiammai / Kathyayani. Sthala Vriksham is Veezhi and Theerthams of this temple are Damodara Theertham and Vishnu Theertham. Vinayagar is called as Padikkasu Vinayagar in this temple. Palipeedams are located in east and west of temple. Sanctum Vimanam is supported by 16 lions. There are no Koshta Idols.






















This temple is under the administration of the Tiruvavaduturai Adheenam. This is a huge fortress like temple with huge temple tank and there are so many special things to see. It is also a “Mada kovil”, i.e., the floor level of the path to the sanctum goes up in steps. The entrance pillars resemble a Kalyana Mandapam (marriage hall) with vaazhaimaram (banana trees). 






















The idol of Swami with Ambal is very special in human form (apart from the Lingam) with a height of about 15 feet and is known as “Mappilai Swamy” as they are present as a newly married couple. The inner Gopuram had the shape of a chariot with Shiva seated and Indra driving the chariot resembling the Groom’s arrival. A Padala Nandhi is also there.






















There is also a Shiva Linga near the flag post called (Dwajasthambam). There are also bat sculptures on the walls in the hall where many celebrate their 61st birth day. This temple is also known as "Marriage Sthala". The temple is little more than 2000 years old and the Papaya tree in the temple is more than a hundred years old.