This sivasthalam temple is located at Tiruvandarkovil, about 21 Kms to the east of Villupuram, on the Villupuram - Villianur - Puduchery national highway No.NH45A. Nearest town is Puduchery. The temple is praised in the hymns of saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 16th Shiva Temple of Nadunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.
About The Temple
Lord Vadukeeswara is a swayambu Linga slightly leaning on the left side. There are scars on the Linga. As a respect to the Lord, a turban is tied on the head. Mother Goddess is known as Vaduvagirkkanniammai.
Legend and Stories
Lord Brahma, the creator also had five heads as Lord Shiva. Once it so happened that Mother Goddess Parvathi mistook Lord Brahma as Lord Shiva which Brahma did not refute. The confusion arose because both had five heads. Thus, Lord Shiva removed one head of Brahama. Lord Brahma realising his mistake begged Lord Shiva’s pardon.This event took place here. As Lord Shiva removed one head of Brahma, He is named as Vadukeeswarar.
Thai Poosam in January-February , Shivrathri in February March,Wedding festival is celebrated on the Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 or a day before or after occasionally in some years, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the major festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord.
Majority of people pray for promotion in jobs and to conquer arrogance and ego.
Nearby Places to Visit
1. Lakshmi Hayagrivar Temple
2. Yazh Moori Nathar Temple
3. Sundareshwarar Temple
4. Parvatheeswarar Temple
5. Sengazhuneer Amman Temple
6. Prithiyangara Devi Temple
The nearest airport is at Chennai.
The nearest railway station is at Kandamangalam.
Tiruvandarkoil is 20 km from Pondicherry on the Villupuram road. Bus facilities are available.
Arulmighu Vadugurnathar Temple,
Tiruvandarkoil, Tiruvandarkoil Post,
Via Kandamangalam, Puducherry,
PIN – 6051002.
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.