275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruvirkkudi Thiru Veerattaneswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruvirkkudi/Thiruvirkkudi Veerattesam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshiped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.  This is one of the prominent Ashtaveerattam temples of Lord Shiva.
Presiding deity – Thiru Veerttaneswarar/Veerattanathar with his consort Goddess Sri Yelavarkuzhali Ammai/Primalambikai
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.
Sthalavruksham – Tulsi
Theertham –Chakkra Theertham, Sankhu Theertham, Gnana Theertham
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Linga worshipped by Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Bhairava, Shaneeswara, Navagrahas, Pidari, Mari, Chandeswara, Goshtamurtham – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Lord Ganesha,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Panguni Uthiram, Thiru Karthikai, Masi Makam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam
The legend has that the demon King Jalandhara underwent severe penance worshipping Lord Brahma.  Lord Brahma was pleased at the devotion of Jalandhara and appeared before him.  Jalandhara earnestly requested for immortality as a boon to Lord Brahma.  But, Lord Brahma revealed his powerlessness to provide such an atypical boon. Therefore, Jalandhara tactfully obtained a peculiar boon that as long as his chaste wife Vrinda remains unblemished would provide him long life.   Immediately after obtaining the boon Jalandhara started harassing the deities and sages.  All the deities and Sages arrived at Mount Kailash and appealed to Lord Shiva.  Shortly, Jalandhara arrived at Mount Kailash with all his warriors to fight against Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva transformed into an old Brahmin and came into sight of Jalandhara.  In the meantime, Lord Vishnu took the form of King Jalandhara and emerged before Vrinda, at the instruction of Lord Shiva.  Vrinda was pleased to see her husband back and received him with great love, eventually she lost her chastity.  Lord Shiva has drawn a circle on the ground and commanded Jalandhara to lift it.  Jalandhara contemptuously laughed at the old Brahmin and lifted the circle with all the haughtiness.  Soon, the circle lifted turned into a dice and killed him instantly.
Vrinda deeply mourned at the death of her husband King Jalandhara and cursed Lord Vishnu ought to have the same fate of painful separation from his consort and sacrificed her life.   Later the curse of Vrinda resulted the incarnation of Lord Rama on Earth.  Lord Vishnu was afflicted with the curse of Vrinda.  Lord Shiva implant a seed at the place where Vrinda sacrificed her life and a Tulsi plant was grown its place.  Consequently garland made out of Tulsi embellished on Lord Vishnu’ chest caused to wash off the curse of Vrinda. 
This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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