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Sri Rudra Koteeswarar temple
Moolavar: Rudra Koteeswarar
  Amman / Thayar: Komalambikai
  Thala Virutcham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Velukkudi
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The temples conducts special pujas on Pradososha days, with special importance to the day falling on Saturdays – Sani Pradosham and celebrates Maha Shivrathri grandly in February-March.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The place is facing west. In the place of Sanakati sages as disciples of Lord Dakshinamurthi, Sage Chandilya occupies the place in His shrine.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Rudrakoteeswarar Temple, Velukkudi, Tiruvarur district.  
 General Information:
  This is a holy place where enlightened souls as Sages Vasishta and Chandilya, Nandideva and Indra worshipped Lord Shiva.  There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga Dakshinamurthi and Mother Durga.  
  Lord Rudra Koteeswarar is facing a cremation ground in the west.  Those praying to Lord on five pradosha days, they are relieved of worries and confusions in the family.  The longevity of women’s Mangal Sutra would be longer.  The devotee would be relieved of all debts.  Couples separated would be blessed with happy reunion. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abisheks to Lord and Mother and offer Vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  It was the aim of the king who built the temple and also created this place that the sounds of Vedas should ever be echoing in this holy place.  He also wished that yajnas be conducted for the welfare of the people.  He donated this place with necessary amenities to some Brahmins-Vedic scholars.  Yajna in Tamil means Velvi, hence the place was named Velvikudi which later changed as Velukudi.  Kings had donated vast fertile lands and cattle for the revenues needed for the maintenance of the temple and conduct of yajnas.
Chola King Kulothunga was suffering from leprosy for a long time.  As advised by a divine voice, he came to this place, bathed in the temple tank, prayed to Lord for five Pradosha days and got cured of the deadly disease.  Mother Komalambika is all merciful facing south with a trident in Her hands.
  Temple History:
  Sage Vasishta was too sad.  He thought that he had committed some mistake in deciding the Muhurt-auspicious day and time- for the coronation of Lord Sri Rama and was responsible for the events then.  Though all the Rishis consoled him saying that it was the Chakravaha bird that wrongly pronounced the Mantras and caused sad results and there was no mistake on his part. Yet Sage Vasihta was not satisfied.  He felt that there was some deficit in his penance and took on a pilgrimage to Shiva Sthalas.  Finally, he came to this place dense with gooseberry trees.  While he was about to leave the place, a divine voice said that it was Sani Pradosham day and he should stay there and pray to Lord Shiva here.  
With pleasant shock and surprise, Sage Vasishta bathed in the holy tank and decided to chant the Rundra Mantra one crore times.  He was relieved of the mental agony haunting him for years.  Lord Shiva appeared before the sage and granted darshan.  Hearing this enlightening story of Vasishta and his penance in the place, the king built this temple and praised the Lord as Rudra Koteeswara and also named the place as Velvikudi where the sage performed his Yajna.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The place is facing west. In the place of Sanakathi Rishis at the feet of Lord Dakshinamurthi, Sage Chandilya is at His feet.
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