275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruvazhunthur Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvamunthur/Thirutherazhunthur/Thiruazhunthai/Thiruvazhunthur/Thirumamadam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built during the regime of Chola Dynasty.  The temple inscriptions reveal the contributions made by the Kings of Pandya and Chola dynasties.
Presiding deity – Thiru Vedapureeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Soundarambikai
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
The Brahmins who were lived in this village were having exceptional knowledge in Veda Sastras.  Thiru Ganan Sambandhar visited this sacred land; he was mesmerized at the religious fervor of the Brahmins in this village and sung admiring the flawlessness of them.  In this famous composition Sambandhar was praising ‘Azhunthai Maraiyor’ in each stanzas about the Brahmins of Azhunthur.
Sthalavruksham – Sandalwood , Vilvam
Theertham –Veda Theertham
Significance – This is the birth place of the famous Tamil-poet Kambar, who wrote the epic Srimad Ramayan in Tamil widely known as ‘Kamba Ramayanam’.
Worshipped by – Vedas,  Sages & Deities, Ashtadikpalakas, Cauvery, Sage Agastya, Sage Markandeya,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Sri Madeswarar & Srimadeswari, Navagrahas, Cauvery Amman, Lord Surya, Kalabhairavar, Kshetra Lingam,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhisheakam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Masi Makam,


The legend has that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva was engaged in a dice game, meanwhile Lord Shiva required clearing some reservations about the game with Goddess Parvati. But, Goddess Parvati amusingly responded favorably to Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva was annoyed at the reply of Goddess Sri Parvati and cursed her to be born as a cow on Earth.  Lord Vishnu felt responsible for the curse on Goddess Sri Parvati, Lord Vishnu disguised in the form a cowherd in order to assist her in the process of reunite with Lord Shiva.   This dreadful incident was taken place on this sacred land.  Therefore, Goddess Parvati took birth as a cow and worshipped Lord Shiva in many sacred places.  Lord Shiva was wandered on the Earth at the painful separation from Goddess Sri Parvati.  Lord disguised in the form of a Brahmin and settled under the sandalwood tree situated here and engrossed in chanting Vedas.  Goddess Parvati underwent severe penance and worshipped Lord at Thiruvavaduthurai and the betrothal of the divine couple took place at Thiruthuruthi.
Another legend has that King Urdhvarathan underwent austerities and worshipped Lord Brahma.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of the King and provided him boon.  The King Urdhvarathan attained a flying chariot as a boon.  While he was merrily taking ride on the flying chariot, at one point the flying Chariot lost its flying capacity and flee down to Earth, finally it forcefully wedged on the land.   King Urdhvarathan realized that Sage Agastya was immersed in the worship of Linga on this sacred land that caused his flying chariot fallen on the Earth.  Hence, this place has got its name Thirutheramunthur. 
This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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