Keezhvelur Kediliappar Temple, Thiruvarur
Keezhvelur Kediliappar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Keezhvelur in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. The historical name of the place is Keevalur. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, as the moolavar presiding deity, in his manifestation as Kediliappar. His consort, Parvati, is known as Vaana Mulai Amman. This Shivastalam is a Maadakovil built at an elevation by Kochengata Cholan and is located half way in between Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur. As there were many places called Velur, as this place is on the east, it is named Keezha Velur.
The hillock is known as Chitrakootagiri. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanmars Thirugnana Sambandar and Thirunavukkarasar. This is the 201st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 84th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Naadu.
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The temple is built at an elevation on the hillock known as Chitrakootagiri. The temple has main Raja Gopuram of Seven tiers and two prakaram. Main Deity is Swayambu Lingam known as Kediliappar / Akshaya Linga Swamy. Moolavar baanam is small and Avudayar is big. The Vimanam is built with stone. His consort is known as Vanamulai Amman / Sundara Gujambal. Here Goddess sculpture is made of mortar, so there is no abishekam for Ambal. Mother is located in a separate shrine.
Theerthams of this temple are Agni, Brahma, Saravana Poigai, Soorya, Chandra and Kubera Theertham. Sthala Vriksham is Pathiri and Ilandai. A grand Rajagopuram with stucco figures and majestic walls adorn the shrine. The Aniyottikkal Mandapam, the Mahamandapam have beautiful images of lions, Yalis. Inscriptions from the Chola period and the Maratha period are seen in this temple. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Lord Badri Vinayaka.
The image of Nataraja here is of great beauty and it dates back to the 18th century. Here Natarajar is seen standing with his left leg and his right one is lifted above with ten hands giving his blessings to Agastya Muni. The Navagrahams are in a single file as in Tiruvarur nearby. 12th Century Chola inscriptions are seen in this temple and several literary works glorify this shrine. This shrine has been glorified by Muthuswamy Dheekshidhar’s krithi Akshaya Linga Vibho in the raga Sankarabharanam.
In the outer prakaram, there are shrines for Lords Muruga, Nataraja, Somaskanda, Dakshinamurthy, Viswanatha, Kailasanathar, Brihadeeswarar, Annamalaiyar, Jambukeswarar, Maha Lakshmi, Indiran, Narthana Vinayaga, Kalyana Sundarar, Sundara Vinayakar, Anjuvattammai, Venkatachalapati, Agasthya lingam under the Sthala Vriksham, Kuberan in the Amman shrine Kailasanathar, Bhadrakali, Sage Agasthya, Ekambareswarar, Chozheeswarar, Kalahasteeswarar and Aalunkoveswarar (In the form of Palipeedam).
The shrines for Lord Muruga and Kubera the Lord of Wealth are big in size separately. In the Thyagarajar Sannadhi Vimanam, Dhakshinamoorthy depicted as Veena Dhakshinamoorthy in sitting posture. Sudhai Nandhi is very big under a mandapam. Kaali is of Sudhai, hence only Punugu and sambarani thailam is applied. The Anju Vattathu Amman Koil here is very famous among devotees. The Shiva Linga worshipped by Sage Agasthya is also in the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Six worship services are offered each day. The annual Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai, when the Rishabha vaahana Utsavam and the Sapta Stana Utsavam assume significance.
Tirugnanasambandar and Appar have sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This is the 201st Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 84th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
People pray to cleanse themselves of sins and adverse aspects of spirits. Realizing their wishes, devotees contribute what they could for the renovation of the temple.
Sri Kediliappar - Akshaya Linga Swamy Temple,
Keezh Velur – 611 104,
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 276 733
This Temple is located at about 13 Kms from Thiruvarur, 13 Kms from Nagapattinam, 5 Kms from Thirukkanangudi, 8 Kms from Sikkal and 130 Kms from Trichy. The Temple is located on Thiruvarur – Nagapattinam route via Sikkal on NH 67 Road. Nearest Railway Station is Kivelur Railway Station located at about 2 Kms from the Temple. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.