The Vedagiriswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in Tirukalukundram, which is also called Thirukazhukundram, in Tamil Nadu. The town is renowned for the temple. The temple is also called as the Kazhugu Koil, meaning Eagle temple.
About The Temple
This is one of the ancient temples with beautiful sculptures. It is also called the Saptha Alayangal (Seven Pagodas). This is one of the ancient Siva temples. The Puranas say that there is no deity equal to Arulmigu Vedagireeswarar in this world. Brahma, Vishnu, Indiran the 12 suns, Chandiran, Subramaniar, Astavasus, Kodiruthirars, Muniganangal, Nandhiyemperumal and Ashtakalugugal worshipped God Vedagireeswarar and attained heavenly blesh. This holy place is also known as Brahmapurai, Aathinarayanapuram, Indirapuri, Adthithapuri, Kumarapuri, Vasupuram, Ruthirakodi, Munigananathapuram, Nandhipuri and Kalukasalam.
About The Deity
The large temple located atop the mountain houses the deity of Vedagiriswarar. Lord Siva gives darshan as a swayambu Lingam with a kavasam.There is a temple at the foothills which is dedicated to Thirupurasundari amman. Normally, the abhishekam to Ambaal is only for her feet. Only thrice, in the months of Adi (Uthram), Puratasi (Navami) and Panguni (Uthram), Abhishekam is done to the entire idol. It is surrounded by four gopuras which resemble the temple architecture of Thiruvannamalai Annamalaiyaar temple. It is believed that the four vedas appear as four hills and the Lord is seated in a temple a top the hill which is Atharvana Veda. For this reason, the four Saivaite saints sang the praise of the Lord from the foot of the hill, unwilling to step on the veda (hill). The four Naayanmaars and the greatest Saiva poets Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Thirugnanasamandhar collectively known as ‘Naalvar’ came together at this place and sang the praises of Lord Siva and there is a separate temple dedicated to them in the place called ‘Naalvar kovil’. Tamil devotional poet Arunagirinathar composed many of his hymns of Thirupugazh in Thirukazhukundram.
Legend And Stories
The speciality of this temple is the fact that two eagles visit the temple everyday and take the naivedya prasadam offered by the priest. The story goes thus. The eight Brahmaputras prayed to Lord Siva to achieve Sarooba Padavi. When Siva appeared before them to grant the boon, they changed their minds and asked for Sayujya Padavi. Enraged by their capriciousness, Lord Shiva cursed them to be reborn as eagles. The worshippers begged forgiveness; Lord Shiva showed them some mercy. They were to be reborn as holy eagles, two in each yugam (an epoch of the Hindu calendar) and attain Sayujya mukti by worshipping Lord Siva sincerely.
Locals believe that out of the eight Brahmaputras, six have already attained their wish by being born as eagles and worshipping the Lord. The remaining two Brahmaputras are said to be the two eagles that have visited Thirukazhukundram daily since time immemorial, in order to worship Shiva and obtain salvation from the curse. It is said that after a bath in the Ganges in the morning, they come to the site at noon for food, reach Rameswaram in the evening for darshan and return to Chidambaram for the night. The theertham is Changu theertham and the sthala vriksham is kadali (plantain) tree.The changu theertham is the place where Maarkandeya Munivar performed penance. Every twelve years the changu appears in the theertham.
The temple itself is rather simple and plain, but the view is quite beautiful, enabling one to see the town itself and the countryside with its many rice paddies. This sthalam is also called as "Indrapuri" and "Narayanapuram" as Indran and Sri Vishnu worsipped the sthala Perumaan.
Brahmotsavam is celebrated in Chittirai. Pushkaram is celebrated once in twelve years in the Sanga Theertham.
Egyptian Vultures and Eagles have repeatedly visited this temple for centuries. These birds are traditionally fed by temple priests.
Tirukalukundram is located 43.2 KM away from the nearest Airport 'Chennai '.
The Nearest Railway Stations to Tirukalukundram are Chengalpattu (13.11 Kms), Madurantakam (21.68 Kms), Melmaruvattur (31.32 Kms), Tambaram (36.01 Kms), Kanchipuram (47.2 Kms), Chennai Egmore (56.66 Kms).
Thirukazhukundram is located near Kalpakkam. The temple can be found on the highway between Chennai and Kalpakkam, and is reachable from both, Chennai and Chengalpattu, which is about fifteen kilometres away, and also Mahabalipuram. The temple is about 25 kilometres away from Mamamallapuram.
Arulmigu Vedagiriswarar Temple,
Thirukalukundram, Kanchipuram District,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode - 603 109.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Child boon
- Cure for incurable diseases
- Remedy for hurdles in marriage
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 07:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 04:30 pm to 07:00 pm.