Friday, December 23, 2016

Veeratteswarar Temple, Vazhuvur, Mayiladuthurai

Veeratteswarar Temple, Vazhuvur, Mayiladuthurai

Veeratteswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Vazhuvur Village near Mayiladuthurai in Kuthalam Taluk in Mayiladuthurai District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Veeratteswarar / Gaja Samhara Moorthy / Krittivasar / Gajari / Gnana Sabesan and Mother is called as Bala Gujambigai / Ilamulai Nayaki / Ilankilai Nayagi. The main attraction of the temple is the bronze utsava idol of Gaja Samhara Moorthy.

This Temple is considered as one of the Atta Veerattanam Temples (Atta means eight and Veeram means bravery). The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar had a mention about this Temple. Lord Muruga of this temple is praised in the Thirupugazh hymns of Saint Arunagirinathar. The Temple is situated on the northern banks of Veera Chozhan River. Vazhuvur is considered as the birthplace of Sastha. 


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The temple is believed to be built by Cholas. The bronze sculpture of Gaja Samhara Moorthy was sculpted in the 10th century CE during the reign of Chola Emperor Rajaraja Chola I.

The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


The Gaja Samhara festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Masi (Feb-Mar) in a grand fashion. The festival is celebrated for the three days (on the Poosam, Ayilyam and Magha Nakshatras). The actual Gaja Samharam takes place on the evening of the second day. Aadi Pooram (Jul-Aug), 10 days Purattasi Navaratri (Sep-Oct), Skanda Sashti (Oct-Nov), Karthigai Somavaram (Nov-Dec), 3 days Margazhi Thiruvadhirai (Dec-Jan), Masi Maha Shivrathri (Feb-Mar) and Panguni Uthiram (Mar-Apr) are the other festivals celebrated here. Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil & English New Year days, Full moon days and monthly pradoshas are also observed in this temple. Normally, the Theerthavari festival is celebrated once or few times in a year in most of the temples. But, here it is celebrated on every new moon day. Yantra Pratistha puja is performed each day.

Religious Significance

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Literary Mention

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Devotees pray to Lord Shiva for progress in trade & profession, employment, mental peace, child boon and marriage alliances. Devotees take bath in the Pancha Mukha Theertham on new moon days and pray for child boon and removal of evil effects on their children. Devotees pray to the Yantra installed behind the Gaja Samhara Moorthy for relief from spells, witchcrafts and black magic. The Goddess is believed to be a granter of Santana Bagyam (the fortune of motherhood). Devotees take a dip in Saraswathi Theertham for wisdom and excellence in high education.  


Veeratteswarar Temple,

Vazhuvur – 609 401,

Kuthalam Taluk,

Mayiladuthurai District

Phone: +91 4364 253 029

Mobile: +91 99437 98083


The Temple is located at about 3 Kms from Elanthangudi, 4 Kms from Manganallur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Mayiladuthurai Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai Junction Railway Station, 12 Kms from Peralam, 13 Kms from Kuthalam, 36 Kms from Thiruvarur and 124 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur route before Manganallur.

The Temple is situated on the Mayiladuthurai – Manganallur Bus route. Devotees need to get down at Neikuppai Vazhuvur Kaikatty Bus stop near Elanthangudi. The temple is situated at about 1 Km from this Bus stop. Auto facility is also available from this Bus stop. It can also be reached from Kumbakonam via Aduthurai, Komal and Peralam.

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