Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu

Thevaara Paadal Petra Shivasthalangal

Vedhapureeswarar temple, Tiruverkkadu

Temple Information
Location of the templeTiruverkadu, near Poonamallee
Deity known asVedhapureeswarar, Verkatteeswarar
Female deity known asBaalaambikai
How to reach This temple is located about 20 Kms from Chennai. A branch road on the main Chennai - Poonamallee trunk road leads to the temple. An ornamental arch at the entrance of the branch road guides the visitors to the temple.
Temple addressArulmighu Vedhapureeswarar Temple
Tiruverkadu Post
Chennai - 600077
Tiruvallore District

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Vedhapureeswarar temple, at Tiruverkkadu is not as well known to many as Devi Karumaari Amman Temple which receives footfalls through out the year. This "Paadal Petra Shivasthalam' is only one 1 Km from Devi Karumari Amman temple. To reach Vedhapureeswarar Temple from Thiruverkadu bus terminus, visitors can take the 'Sivan Kovil' Road, which leads directly to the sacred site. The four sacred Vedas transformed into four majestic trees in order to pay homage to the deity at the revered location, thus bestowing upon it the name 'Thiruverkaadu'.

Access to the temple is granted through the eastern entrance, where visitors are greeted by the impressive 'Gopuram' facade boasting five tiers. Upon entering the gateway, one's gaze is immediately drawn to an altar, a Flagstaff, and a Nandi statue aligned in a vast courtyard or prahara. The entrance to the inner sanctum of the temple is perfectly aligned with the altar, flagstaff, and Nandi statue, leading worshippers to the presiding deity Vedhapureeswarar who faces east. Within the sanctum, a three-dimensional image portraying the divine wedding of Shiva and Parvathy is displayed on the wall behind the Linga of Vedhapureeswarar, adding to the spiritual significance of the space. Tiruverkaadu holds a special significance as it is one of the places where Sage Agasthya was blessed with a vision of the celestial wedding of Shiva and Parvathy. Moving deeper into the temple, within the innermost prahara, idols of Agasthya and Surya, the sun god, are prominently placed. The southern side of the inner prahara showcases idols of the four primary nayanmars and all the 63 nayanmars in a row, while the western side features the idol forms of Kasi Viswanath, Visalakshi, and the chola king Anabhaya. On the northern side of the inner prahara, the shrine of Devi Balambikai faces south. The goshta images on the walls surrounding the sanctum include Chandikeshwarar, Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Brahma, and Goddess Durga. As visitors enter the temple, they are greeted by the altar, flagstaff, and Nandi in the eastern outer corridor. To the right, a separate shrine for Saneeshwara, facing west, stands as a place of reverence. Adjacent to this shrine is another dedicated to 'Moorkha Nayanar'. Notably, Muruga in this temple is depicted with a bow and arrow instead of His spear, standing with one leg on His peacock, symbolizing strength and valor. The sacred tree associated with the temple is the White Bark Acacia - 'Vell vela maram', while the sacred water body is Velayuda theertham.

The temple is also linked with the deity Muruga, who arrested Brahma due to his inability to decipher the meaning of Pranava. As a result of Brahma's detainment, the process of creation was disrupted, prompting Shiva to intervene by sending His divine bull Nandi to release Brahma. However, Muruga remained steadfast in his decision and refused to comply. Shiva then appeared before Muruga to elucidate the consequences of hindering Brahma's process of creation, ultimately securing Brahma's release from captivity. To reprimand Muruga for his defiance, Shiva directed Muruga to proceed to Tiruvekadu, and commanded Muruga to worship Himself. Consequently, Muruga journeyed to Tiruvekadu as instructed by Shiva and proceeded to establish a water body and worshipped Shiva. Velayutha Theertham, which is located just outside the east entrance of the temple, is said to have been created by Lord Muruga to worship His father, Shiva. A shrine for Muruga is seen in the inner prahara to the west of the sanctum. A ShivaLinga can be seen in front of Muruga , corroborating the legend. Such an arrangement cannot be seen elsewhere. Saint poet Arunagirinathar has sung 2 songs praising Muruga, in his Tirupugazh collection.

The Navagrahas are positioned on a Padma Peetam, a pedestal shaped like an octagon resembling a lotus, within this temple. It is believed to be a prariharasthalam, a place of remedy, for individuals afflicted with Navagraha Dosha. Sage Parasara, renowned for his expertise in astrology, worshipped the deity in this temple. As a result, individuals pursuing astrology as a profession, seeking to enhance their knowledge in astrology, or simply wanting to learn more about astrology, may find it advantageous to worship the deity at this sacred location.

Moorkha Nayanar - Moorkha Nayanar, a revered figure among the 63 Nayanmars, took birth and resided in Tiruvekadu, where he dedicated himself to serving the devotees of God Shiva by providing them with food. His commitment to this noble cause was so profound that he exhausted all his financial resources in carrying out this service, demonstrating his selflessness and devotion. In order to sustain his charitable work, Moorkha Nayanar turned to gambling as a means of acquiring funds, using the proceeds from his winnings to continue feeding the followers of God Shiva.

Tiruvekadu holds significance as a sacred site where Sage Agathiya was blessed with a vision of the celestial wedding of Shiva and Parvathy, making it a place to offer their worship for those who have delays in marriage. Furthermore, Tiruvekadu is believed to provide remedies for individuals affected by Navagraha Dosha, a malefic influence of the nine celestial bodies. The reverence shown by Adisesha, the serpent deity, towards the presiding deity at this site has led to the belief that no one within its boundaries will succumb to snake bites, adding to its sacredness and allure.

See also:- Places visited by Sage Agasthya in his journey to south - 1) Kutralam, 2) Tirupanankattur, 3) Tirukallil, 4) Tiruvotriyur, 5) Tiruvanmiyur, 6) Tiruvanmiyur

Tiruverkkadu Temple photos

Altar, Flagpost and Nandi
Outer corridor - Soutehrn side
Vedhapureswarar Sannidhi
Inner corridor - Western side
63 saivite saints
Outer corridor - Eastern side
Kasi Viswanath, Visalakshi, Anabhaya Chola - in western inner corridor