Vazhikaraiyan Temple, Vazhuvur, Nagapattinam
Vazhikaraiyan Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Veerabhadra located in Vazhuvur Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu.
Sages in the Tharukavanam were proud that only their Yajnas help Devas to exist. Lord Shiva decided to teach a lesson to them and nip their pride. He entered their region as Bikshadana with a bow seeking alms. Lord Vishnu joined as Mohini the alluring woman. Seeing Mohini, the sages simply stopped the yajna half way and began following Mohini. The wives of Rishis lost their mental balance and began following the handsome Shiva. The Rishis recovered from the illusion and not knowing the stranger was but Lord Shiva, sent Agni, tiger, deer, snakes and a battle axe called Mazhu.
Lord Shiva defeated and made them his ornaments. Blind of pride, the Rishis sent a wild elephant to kill him. The elephant was killed. Lord Shiva appeared before the Rishis as Gaja (elephant) Samhara (killing) Murthy (God). Shedding their pride, the sages fell at Lord’s feet and sought his pardon. Sastha was born to Bikshadana Shiva and Mohini Vishnu. For his safety and upbringing Lord Shiva appointed Veerabadra as a guardian. Both Veerabadra and Bala Sastha grace devotees in this temple.
Devotees praise Veerabadra as Vazhi Thunayan (an escort in journeys) and Vazhi Karaiyan, also bearing almost the same meaning in Tamil. Lord Bhairava has generally the dog vahana, which is for Veerabadra in this temple. As he came to protect Dharma Sastha born to Lord Vishnu in the Mohini Avathara, Alankara is done with Nama in his forehead the Vishnu symbol. There is also a shrine for another Veerabadra in a standing posture.
Other Guardian Deities Thoondiveeran, Vagaiadiyan, Ladasannasi, Uthandarayar & Betharanaswami are nearby. Lords Vinayaka, Chandikeswara and Agora Veerabadhrar are in the front Mandapam. People pray here for the safety, health and educational progress of children. In the Gajasamhara Murthy temple nearby, Lord Shiva blesses the devotees as Bikshadana and Lord Vishnu as Mohini. This temple is an Attaveera Sthala. Sri Veerabadra appears in this temple in standing form.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the timing is 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
10 day Masi festival in February – March is the famous festival celebrated in this temple with much fanfare.
Parents pray for the safety, health and educational progress of their children. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord with sweet pudding nivedhana.
Sri Vazhikaraiyan Temple,
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 253 227
Devotees have to reach Neikuppai village first on the Tiruvarur – Mayiladuthurai route. The temple is about 1 km from here. Auto facility is available. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.