Madavar Vilagam Vaidyanathar Temple, Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar
Vaidyanathar temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located in Tamilnadu, India. Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanathar or the "God of healing" and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is located in Madavar Vilagam, one kilometer from Srivilliputhur in Virudhunagar district. The holy water of the Siddhamirtham tank in the temple complex contains nectar and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.
The temple was built by Thirumalai Nayak during the 16th century. Madavar Valagam is one of the holy places where lord Siva performed his miracles (Truvilayadalgal). On the first day of the Panguni Tamil month (March-April) the rays of sun fall on the presiding deity, Vaidyanathaswami. Special Poojas are performed to sun on this day. This is the biggest Shaivite shrine in Virudhunagar district.
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The temple has a five-tiered gopuram (temple tower) and large precincts. The central shrine houses Vaidyanathar in lingam form. The first precinct around the sanctum has the metal images of Somaskanda and stone sculptures of Nataraja, Durga, Dakshinamurthy, Surya (Sun god). The shrine of Sivakami is located in a parallel shrine to the right of the sanctum. There are two gates to the temple, each leading to the Shiva and Sivakami shrines.
The Sthala Vriksha (temple tree) is Margosa (Azadirachta indica) which possesses medicinal properties. The temple has two water tanks, one located opposite to the temple and one right to the main gate. The temple has a Kalayana Mahal (marriage hall) in front of the Sivakami shrine and the sculpture of Nayak king can be found there. There are paintings from the Nayak period in ceiling of the hall leading to the sanctum.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Worship & Religious Practises
The temple priests perform the puja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Like other Shiva temples of Tamilnadu, the priests belong to the Shaiva community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day; Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 8:00 p.m. Each ritual comprises four steps: Abhishekam (sacred bath), Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Vaidyanathar and Sivakami Amman.
The worship is held amidst music with nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument), religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred texts) read by priests and prostration by worshippers in front of the temple mast. There are weekly rituals like Somavaram (Monday) and sukravaram (Friday), fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amavasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi.
The twin festivals celebrated during the full moon days of Tamil month Adi (July – August) and Thai (January – February) attract large number of pilgrims from whole of Tamilnadu. Every year Pooja for sun god is conducted in a grand manner when the rays of the sun fall on the main idol (Moolavar) on the first day of Purattasi and Panguni (tamil months).
It is an agreed fact that it is rebirth to a woman delivering a child. There is no second opinion about this fact. All pray to the almighty for a safe and normal delivery when the moment comes to the woman. Worshipping Vaidhyanathar swamy relieves one of the incurable stomach aches. Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Sri Sivakami Vaidyanathar Temple,
Madavar Vilagam, Srivilliputhur,
Phone: +91 – 4563 – 261 262
Madavar Valagam is located at a distance of 1 km from Srivilliputhur. Madavar Valagam can be reached from Srivilliputhur by town bus. Buses are available from Madurai to Srivilliputhur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Srivilliputhur and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.