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Sri Dandeeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Dandeeswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Karunambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Ema Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Vedasreni
  City: Velacheri
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
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 Festival:
     
  Chitra Poornima in April-May; Aadi month Sundays in July-August; Shivrathri in February-March and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Veerabadra blesses the devotees in a sitting posture while generally, He is in a standing form in other temples. The rays of Sun fall on the Shivalinga on the first day of Thai Tamil month, most probably on January 14 or a day before or after in some years.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 Sri Veerabadra (Chelliamman Sannidhi is open from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Sri Dandeeswarar Sannidhi is open from 5.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Dandeeswarar Temple, Velacherry, Chennai-600 042.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 44 - 2226 4337 
    
 General Information:
     
  In the goshta wall of Swami Sannidhi is Mother Durga and in the prakara are Mother Lakshmi and Mother Saraswathi.  The devotee can have the darshan of three Mothers from the same place.  Lord Vinayaka in the prakara is praised as Veda Vinayaka as He is holding the Vedas in His hands.  As this is the place where Yama the God of Death got back his danda, people celebrate their 60, 80th birth days with longevity homas.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  Devotees pray here for longevity and to regain positions lost.  Virgins pray to Saptha Kannikas (seven virgins) and Lord Veerabadra for a happy life. 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Realizing their wishes, devotes perform abishek to Lord, Mother and Lord Veerabadra and offer vastras.  
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Generally Lord Veerabadra appears in temples in a standing posture with a Danda.  With all Lord Shiva attributes, Lord Veerabadra in this temple graces the devotees in a sitting form holding the traditional deer, Mazhu.  He is praised as protector of women.
Saptha Kannikas the seven virgins set out to destroy a demon, killed a sage by mistake.  The demon also came to know that the Kannikas would be coming to kill him.  While being afflicted with the dosha of killing the sage by mistake, the Kannikas were also afraid of the demon.  To protect the Kannikas, Lord Shiva deputed Veerabadra.  He killed the demon and also protected the virgins.  Based on this event, Lord Veerabadra is along with the Kannikas as their guardian deity.
Lord Veerabadra is in a sitting posture with His right leg folded and holding Rudraksha mala instead of a Danda and a Mazhu, something like an axe.  Nandhi is on a peeta.  Special abishek and aaradhanas are performed on Poornima-full moon day.   As He is Guardian Deity of women, they pray to him for relief from the atrocities faced by them in society from various quarters.  They offer milk abishek with betel leaves garlands.  They worship Chamundi as Chelliamman.  Saptha Kannika shrine is called Chelliamman Sannidhi.
Sri Nandhi appears in a polite form with His head bowing.  It is also noteworthy that the Sri Chakra installed by eminent Vedic Scholar Sri Appiah Dikshithar is in the Shrine of Mother Karunambika.  The rays of Sun fall on the Shivalinga on the first day of Thai month, almost on the 14th January or a day before or after in some years rarely.  As Lord Shiva removed the Doshas that fell on Vedas, Lord Dakshinamurthy in the temple is revered as Yoga Dakshinamurthy.  There is Nandhi on His peeta.
Lord Shiva hit Yama the Lord of Death when he tried to take off the life of His devotee Markandeya.  He also dismissed him from the job.  To regain the position, Yama created a spring here and worshipped Lord Shiva and at various places.  Lord Shiva pardoned Yama, gave him back his danda and reinstated him in the job.  Hence, Lord is praised as Dandeeswarar.   People who lost their jobs pray to Lord Dandeeswarar to regain the job.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Demon Somasura snatched the Vedas from Lord Brahmma.  Lord Vishnu recovered them from the demon.  As the Vedas stayed with the demon for sometime, their sanctity was lost.  They performed penance on Lord Shiva to become as pure and holy as they were earlier.  Lord Shiva purified the Vedas with their original glory.  As Vedas worshipped here, the place was called Vedacherry, which in the days that followed changed as Velacherry.  The scriptural name is Vedasreni.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Veerabadra graces the devotees in a sitting form. The rays of Sun fall on the Shivalinga on the first day of Thai Tamil month.
 
     
 
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