The Sri Veeratteswarar Temple is located at Tiruvaiyaru and is dedicated to God Shiva. This temple is one of the Veeratta Sthalams that are associated with God Shiva and there are total of 8 of them. This temple is also the 5th of the 7 saptastanams of the Tiruvaiyaru. One can also see a Divay Desam of God Vishnu that was sung by the Alwars in this village, that can be seen just across the temple.
About the Temple
This temple faces the West direction and has 2 prakarams that occupy a lot of area, nearly 1 acre. This temple also consists of a shrine that is dedicated to Kaaliamman. At the western entrance of the temple, is a five tiered Rajagopuram which has the images of Lingodbhavar. Inscriptions that date back to the Pallava period and Chola period can be seen here.
About the DeityThe presiding and chief deity of this temple is Mangalanayaki.
Legend and Stories
According to legend, once on the request of the devas, the celestial Gods, God Shiva took away the fifth head of God Brahma. He did so because God Brahma had been causing great misery to the beings. In this temple, one can see a God Brahma shrine too.
FestivalsThe major festivals that are celebrated in this temple are Brahmmotsavan and Saptastana festivasl.
Devotees who are having problems in having a child come to this temple to get blessed with an offspring. This temple is also good for students who want to do great in academics.
AirportThe nearest airport is at Trichy.
RailwaysThe nearest railway station is also at Trichy.
RoadThanjavur is nicely connected with other cities. Bus service is easily accessible.
Temple AddressVeeratteswarar Temple, Tirukkandiyur near Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.