The Akashapureeswarar temple is located in Kaduveli, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The main deity here is Akashapureeswarar and Amman (Thayar) is Mangalambikai. This temple is also a star temple.
About the Temple
Lord Akashapureeswarar is said to be the lord of the Pooradam star. Mother grants prosperity and happiness (Mangalam). She is praised as Mangalambikai – the mother of prosperity. Devotees worship Lord Akshapureeswarar on the days of Pooradam with cosmetic substances. The temple did not have the idol of Kaduveli Siddhar earlier, and the idol itself was found when some renovation works were undertaken a few years back. Sri Nandideva moved outside giving way to Kaduveli Siddhar to worship the Lord. This is also the temple for those praying Siddhas revered as Mahatmas.
About The Deity
The presiding deity is Lord Shiva. He is known as Sri Akashapureeswarar . His consort is known as Goddess Mangalambikai.
Legend and Stories
This is the sacred soil that gave birth to Kaduveli Siddhar. Kaduveli means open space. He taught people the wisdom he learnt. He did penance for the darshan of Lord Shiva. The lord appeared before him and gifted him with skills in Siddhis – an art of eight branches known as Ashama Siddhis. This needs an elaborate explanation. The temple was built by a Chola king. Of the elements covering the earth – Akash-space, Vayu-wind, Agni-fire, Appu-water and Prithvi-Earth, this temple is dedicated to Akash, hence the Lord is known as Akashpureeswarar. The king named the place after the Siddha – Kaduveli.
The Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Thai Poosam in January-February, Shivrathri in February-March, Navrathri in September-October and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees offer Javvadu and Punugu, both of which are cosmetic powders, to the Lord and offer Kesari, a sweet pudding, as nivedhana to the Lord.
Those people who are born under the Pooradam star come to the temple seeking relief from the doshas they are subjected to. Those who face obstacles in their marriage, worship the lord on the days of the Pooradam star by burning incense powder (Sambirani) smoke.
Nearby Place To Visit
Andalakkum Aiyan Temple
Padikasu Nathar Temple
Gajendra Varadhan Temple
Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal Temple
Adhivaraha Perumal Temple
One has to reach Tiruvaiyaru, which is 13 km from Thanjavur and then proceed to Kaduveli, which is 4 km from Kallanai. The temple is near the bus stop. The closest railways are in Thanjavur and the closest airport is in Trichy, followed by Chennai
Sri Akashapureeswarar Temple,
Kaduveli, Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Reliefs from the doshas for Pooradam star
- For general well-being of people born under Purva Ashada/Pooradam/Purattam star
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 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
On Pooradam star days, the temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.