Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Velayudha Swamy Temple, Thandanthottam, Thanjavur

Velayudha Swamy Temple, Thandanthottam, Thanjavur
Velayudha Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to village deity Ayyanar located at Thandanthottam Village in Kumbakonam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. This Temple is actually dedicated to Village deity, Ayyanar but the villagers consider him as Lord Murugan.

The village is mix of Hindus and non-Hindus living peacefully abiding the main deity Velayudaswami. In recent years a house in the Agraharam was sold to a non-Hindu. During 3rd day of the Utsavam, when the Swamy was passing by his residence, he performed disrespectful activities. The moment Swamy passed by his residence, he fell down with stroke and was shouting for help. People helped him and educated him about the power of Velayudaswami. He vacated the house the same night and went to his home town. People in the village still remembers this afresh and abides by Swamy for every act.
The Temple
This is a small east facing Temple. Usually Ayyanar, the village deity is used to be placed at outskirts of Village. But here at Thandanthottam, Ayyanar is present in the middle of the village. He is called as Velayudha Swamy / Malayala Sastha by the villagers. Even though the presiding deity is Sastha, people worship him as Muruga (Velayudha Swamy) accompanied by Valli & Deivanai. Villagers have kept a spear on his hand & a peacock at the base to relate Sastha to Lord Murugan. Sastha right hand is showing Abhaya Hastha.
An elephant and Balipeedam, base for offering sacrifices are located in front of the sanctum. There is another Ayyanar is present along with Poorna & Pushkala outside the Mandapam. He keeps a whip at his right arm. Idumbam and Saptha Mathas are present in this temple. Stucco idol of a horse is located outside the temple facing the sanctum.
10 days Annual Chithira festival is most famous festival celebrated here.
The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Murukkangudi, 3 Kms from Poundarigapuram, 3.5 Kms from Ayyavadi, 4 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 5 Kms from Thirunageswaram, 9 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 10 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 11 Kms from Kumbakonam, 53 Kms from Thanjavur and 113 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple can be reached from Kumbakonam via Thirunageswaram, Ayyavadi and Murukkangudi. There is also another route from Nachiyar Koil to reach this Temple.


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