Friday, February 3, 2017

Veerabadraswami Temple, Nagapattinam

Veerabadraswami Temple, Nagapattinam
Veerabadraswami Temple is located near old bus stand in Nagapattinam Town. Sthala Vriksham is Ilandhai Tree and Theertham is Veera Ganga Theertham. Agni Veerabhadra and Agora Veerabhadra are the processional deities of this Temple.

Legends
Daksha, father of Mother Parvathi was killed by Veerabadra for conducting a yajna without inviting Lord Shiva with the intention of humiliating him. But Veerabadra had to incur the Brahmmahathi dosha for committing a killing. Sages advised Veerabadra to perform Shiva puja in earth. They said that he had to throw his ornaments in a river and chose that place where the ornaments reach the banks. The ornaments were washed ashore in this place. Veerabadra installed a Linga, performed pujas and got relieved of the dosha. The temple was built later here. 
The Temple
Sri Veerabadra is facing west from a separate shrine. Generally, Daksha is nearby bowing to the deity. In this temple, Sri Veerabadra is seen holding the head of Daksha. According to belief that a dosha covering Veerabadra left him on the Aipasi Poosa star day in October-November when special pujas are dedicated to him. It is believed that Sri Veerabadra himself is performing this Shiva Puja. During the midday puja, the procession deity Agora Veerabadra is taken to Lord Viswanatha’s shrine for the purpose. During this puja, we have the joint darshan of Lord Shiva and Sri Veerabadra.

Though Lord Viswanatha and Mother Visalakshi are the principal deities of the temple, more prominence is attached to Sri Veerabadra. The temple also is known after Sri Veerabadra. There are two procession deities, Agni Veerabadra and Agora Veerabadra.  Ambica Veerasakthi graces the devotees in the front Mandapam of Sri Veerabadra. There is also a shrine for other guardian deity Veera Makali who is believed to be guardian to Veerabadra himself. 

There are three demons under her feet. Those concerned about the welfare of children and facing obstacles in marriage proposals pray to Veera Makali with rice flour pudding – Kali in Tamil. The temple also has shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga, Chandikeswara, Navagrahas the nine planets and mother Gajalakshmi.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple is open from 6 am to 11.am and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Festivals
Mahasivarathri in February-March; Navarathri in September-October and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Prayers
Those confused of issues, shy and expecting some boons and facing adverse planetary effects, use to light 9 ghee lamps, place on them in a plate and hold the plate above their heads during puja times. They hold the plate with lamps till the puja ends. Special pujas are dedicated to Lord Veerabadra on Sundays, Poosa Star days, Poornimas and monthly Shivrathri days. Devotees pray here to overcome shyness and relief from doshas. Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
Contact
Sri Veerabadraswami Temple,
Near old bus stand,
Nagapattinam – 611 001
Mobile: +91 – 98949 06455
Connectivity
The temple is near the Nagapattinam old bus stand. Buses are available from the new bus stand also. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy. 

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