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Sri Vedapureeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Vedapureeswarar, Vazhai Madu Nathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Mangayarkarasi
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Vaidha theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiruvedhikudi
  City: Thiruvedhikudi
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saints Tirugnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar.  This is the 14th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  This is the fourth sacred Shiva sthalas among the seven where Lord Aiyarappar of Thiruvaiyaru pays His visit during the Chithirai month covering April-May.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Vedapureeswarar is a Swayambumurthy. Rays of Sun God fall on the presiding deity on 13, 14 and of Panguni month – March-April.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple, Tiruvedhikudi, Kandiyur post-613 202. Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-93451 04187, +91-4362-262 334, 93451 04187, 98429 78302 
    
 General Information:
     
  The temple has a 3 tier Rajagopuram, one prakara with Listening Vinayaka (Sevi Saitha Vinayaka). 108 Shivalinga, Lords Subramania, Dakshinamurthy, Arthanareeswara, Nataraja, Mothers Durga and Mahalakshmi and Sapthasthana Linga shrines are in the inner prakara.
There are also epigraphic evidences about the history of the temple belonging to Rajakesari Varman and Koparakesari Varman period.  The name of the Lord is shown as Tiruvedhikudi Mahadevar, Parakesari Chaturvedi Mangala Mahadevar.  As Lord appeared from the plantain (Vazhai) field, He is also praised as Vazhaimadu Nathar.  Pallava kings too had done renovations to the temple
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  Devotees contribute for the renovation of the temple and perform abishek and aradhanas offering vastras to Lord and Mother. 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees contribute for the renovation of the temple and perform abishek and aradhanas offering vastras to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Saint Tirugnanasambandar had sung the glory of Lord in all his hymns.  In his pathigam (10 verses) worshipping the Lord of the temple, in the seventh verse, he mentions His mercy on those aspiring an auspicious wedding.
Generally, the Arthanareeswara form of Lord Shiva has Shakti on the left.  But with a view to give importance to womanhood, Lord is on the left and Mother on the right in the Arthanareeswara form in this Tiruvedhikudi temple.
As Lord Brahmma (Vedhi) worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place is named Tiruvedhikudi.  Those worshipping Lord Vedapureeswarar will become scholars in Vedas.  The four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva – had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Lord Vinayaka, enjoying the sound of the Vedas, listened to the recitation by leaning His ears with all attention.  He thus assumed the name Veda Pillayar.  As many scholars well versed in Vedas live here, the place was also once known as Chaturvedi Mangalam.
Sun God, Indira, Sage Vyasa and Lord Vishnu had worshipped Shiva in this temple.  Surya Puja is performed in the temple on 13, 14 and 15th of Panguni month to Sun God in March-April.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  A Chola king was much worried because of the delay in the marriage of his daughter.  He came to this temple, worshipped Mother Mangayarkarasi seeking the wedding boon for his daughter.  The wedding took place shortly.  Since the day, he changed the name of his daughter as Mangayarkarasi as a token of his gratitude to Mother.  He also did many renovations to the temple.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord is a Swayambumurthi in the temple. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on 13, 14 and 15 of Panguni month covering March-April.
 
     
 
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