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Sri Veerataneswarar temple
Moolavar: Veerataneswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Elavar Kuzhali, Parimala Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Tulsi
  Theertham: Chakkara and Changu Theerthams
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiruvirkudi
  City: Thiruvirkudi
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 74th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.  
  All Shiva related festivals are celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Veerattaneswarar Temple, Tiruvirkudi – 609 405. Tiruvarur district  
  +91-94439 21146 
 General Information:
  The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram.  Chakkara Theertham is opposite the tower with safe and convenient steps and compound wall.  It is a big tank with a Lord Vinayaka temple on the bank.  Passing the Gopuram entrance, a beautiful Nagalinga sculpture greets the devotee.  A Shiva temple worshipped by Lord Vishnu and the place from where Lord Shiva restored Brinda to life as Tulsi are in the outer prakara.  There are also shrines for Mother Mahalakshmi, Lords Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Bhairava, Sani Bhagwan, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun, Moon, Pidari and a well called Gnana Theertham in this prakara.  There is also a separate temple for Lord Bhairava.
  If one has any difficulty while building a house, they are advised to come and pray here and take a stone for use in the construction to solve the problem.
Thanks giving:
  If anyone in the family had expired with the curse of the ancestors, their heirs should pray here to relieve the dead of such effects. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Presiding deity of the temple is Lord Veerattaneswarar.  Mother is Parimala Nayaki.  Brinda in Sanskrit means Tulsi in Tamil.  Remembering this chaste woman, Tulsi plant is revered as the sacred tree of the temple.  People pray here for solutions caused by Vasthu dosha-wrong designing of a building affecting peace and prosperity.  Devotees also pray to Sri Anjaneya in the temple.
  Temple History:
  Indira the king of Devas went to Mount Kailash to have Shiva darshan with the pride of a king.  In the guise of a watchman, Lord Shiva prevented him from proceeding further.  Proud Indira struck Shiva with His vajrayutha when Lord opened His forehead eye.  Realizing the watchman was Shiva, Indira fell at His feet and sought His pardon.  Lord Shiva spilled a drop of His sweat in the milk ocean from where a demon child was born.  The child pulled the beard of Lord Brahmma who cried in pain.  His tears also fell on the child.  The child wet with Shiva’s sweat, Brahmma’s tears and the drop of the milk ocean was named Jalandarasura.
When He grew, he demanded Brahmma a life without death and the rule of the three worlds.  Brahmma denied it.  He got the boon that he would be alive till such time his chaste wife Brindhai was found mentally tainted.  His atrocities grew in leaps and bounds and finally decided to kill Lord Shiva Himself.  Lord came before the demon in the guise of an aged person, drew a round line as a chakra.  He asked the demon to take the Chakra, place it on his head and said that it would destroy him.  Arrogant demon challenged that the Chakra could not kill him as his wife was a chaste woman. 
Shiva called Lord Vishnu and asked Him to appear before Brinda as Jalandarasura.  Not knowing that the visitor was not her husband, she called him in with the respect of a husband and thus got tainted mentally.  Lord Shiva placed the Chakkara on demon’s head which chopped off his head.  Knowing the design of Lord Vishnu, Brinda immolated herself cursing Lord Vishnu that He would have to suffer separation from His wife.  To come over the curse, Lord Vishnu had to take the Ramavathara later, goes the story.
Due to curse of Brinda, Lord Vishnu became mentally retarded.  To cure Him, Lord Shiva sowed a seed at the place where Brinda burnt herself.  Tulsi plant grew.  A garland was made of the Tulsi leaves and placed on Lord Vishnu.  He was cured completely.  Lord Vishnu asked Lord Shiva to gift Him the Chakra-discus.  He worshipped Lord Shiva with thousand lotus flowers.  When He found that the number was short by two, He unhesitatingly took His eyes for the puja.  Pleased Shiva rewarded Lord Vishnu with the Chakra
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi.
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