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Sri Veerabadraswami temple
Moolavar: Veerabadrar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Badrakali
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Tharakavanam
  City: Tharasuram
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Ottakuthar Gurupuja on Aavani Uthiradam in August-September and Shivrathri in February – March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  This is the place where eminent Tamil poet Ottakuthar authored his famous Thakkayaga Parani and attained salvation.  
Opening Time:
  Only one time puja is conducted in the temple between 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. Those desiring to visit the temple during other hours should contact the priest in advance to avoid disappointment.  
  Sri Veerabadraswami Temple, Tharasuram-612 702, Kumbakonam Taluk, Tanjore district.  
  +91- 92454 18708, +91- 97905 25241. 
 General Information:
  It is noteworthy that there are Mantra lettersbehind Sri Veerabadra Idol.  Special pujas are offered to the Lord on Tuesdays, Fridays and during Rahukalam time on Sundays – between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.  Nandhi is in a hexagonal shaped mandap before the shrine.  It is believed that Nandhi is watching all the 8 directions.  Presiding deity Sri Veerabadra appears soft in look.  There are shrines for Saivite Saint Gnanasambandar and Badrakali.  
  People pray to Sri Veerabadra to achieve merits in education and oratory skill. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees submit their commitment with betel leaf garland and sweet pudding nivedhana. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The Samadhi of poet Ottakuthar is behind  Sri Veerabadra shine. A Linga is also installed on the Samadhi with a Nandhi opposite.  The Guru Puja is performed on Aavani Uthiradam star day in August-September.  That special puja is performed for a day only.  During full moon daysdevotees light ghee lamps.  Though Sri Veerabadra looks furious generally, He is soft and smiling in this temple.  
  Temple History:
  Poet Ottakoothar also wrote the Utharakanda for Ramayana and was a devotee of Lord Veerabadra.  King Rajaraja Chola built this as requested by the poet on the banks of Kumbakonam Mahamagam tank.  The poet was visiting the temple for worship.  He saw one day a person going in the street chanting Thevaram hymn.  The poet intercepted and demanded the meaning which the singer could not offer.  Angry Ottakuthar slapped the person for his ignorance.  The person died due to the severity of the blow.
His relatives came in search of the poet.  Ottakuhar told the king what happened.  The king was not willing to lose a good poet to mob fury.  He sent his son covered in a palanquin and told the mob that it was a sin even to see the face of a killer and asked them to kill the son with the palanquin.  Doubting people were shocked to see prince in the palanquin.
Meantime, Ottakuthar himself came to the spot and offered himself to be killed with a request that he be executed after his usual darshan of Lord Veerabadra.  People granted permission.  After the worship, Ottakuthar hid himself in Mulaichalamman shrine and closed the doors.  The crowd demanded him to come out.  He prayed to Ambica to save him from the danger.  Ambica asked him to write Thakkayaga Parani singing the glory of Lord Veerabadra.  Ottakuthar authored the epic in one night.
Next early morning Ottakuthar handed over the epic through a window.  People were happy to see the beauty of the poetry and paid rich tributes to the poet instead of demanding his head.  The epic was staged in this temple
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