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Sri Veeratteswarar temple
Moolavar: Veeratteswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Shantanayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Mango Tree
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Keel Padappai
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Guru Puajas for Saivite Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar, Tirukarthikai in December-January and Mahashivarathri in February-March are the festivals of the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Planet Moon appears in the front Mandap of the temple with flowers in his hand showing his worship to Lord Shiva in the past. The idol is made of a single stone on a pillar. The Navagraha shrine in the corridor-prakara is on a lotus designed peeta.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.  
  Sri Veeratteswarar Temple, Keel Padappai-601 301, Kancheepuram district.  
  +91- 98418 81884. 
 General Information:

Of the Veeratta class temples, this belongs to the sub-class.  Lord Vinayaka is praised as Shanta Vinayaka.  The Vimana-the tower above the sanctum sanctorum- is of Padma design.  Sri Agora Veerabadra graces from a shrine facing north.  Special pujas are performed here with betel leaves on full moon days and four pujas are performed on Shivrathri days.  There are also shrines for Kalatheeswarar, Shani Bagwan and Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.


Guru puja for saint Tirunavukkarasar is celebrated on Chithirai Sadhaya star day in April-May and for saint Sundarar on the Aadi Swati star day in July-August with special pujas and Alankaras.  While Tirunavukkarasu Swamigal comes in procession in a palanquin on the day, Sundarar graces the procession on an elephant based on the history that He reached the Lord in Mount Kailash on the white elephant.  Devotees believe that this darshan would bless them with salvation.


Devotees pray for self-confidence, freedom from fear and for consolation and peace of mind from wrong punishment suffered though innocent and to be away from the wicked.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek and Vilwa archanas to Lord offering vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Mother Shanta Nayaki graces from a shrine facing south standing on a Padma peeta (lotus designed).  All powerful and all merciful Sri Chakra is installed at Her feet.  Ambica being prominent in the temple, devotees has to go to worship Lord Shiva only after worshipping Mother.  The shrine is so structured at the entrance with this purpose.  Devotees has to bend before the shrine to have the full darshan of Mother, intended to teach them the lesson of humility and also to develop in them the noble quality of yielding to others views also to maintain harmonious relationships.  This is the prayer devotees submit at the feet of Mother offering abishek and pujas.


Lord Veeratteswarar graces from the sanctum sanctorum in Shivalinga form on a square peeta.  The Lord is dressed with clothes with tiger skin design and silver vilwa leaf tilak in the forehead.  The name of the place Padappai in Tamil means garden of flowers.  While on his way to Vruddhachalam and singing the praise of Lord Vruddhagireeswarar, Saint Tirugnanasambander has praised this temple also in his hymns.  Thus the temple is closely attached to hymns of saints.


Traditionally, children have their initials by fathers’ names.  Here, Lord Vinayaka is praised with the name of Mother Shanta Nayaki as Shanta Vinayaka.  It is also said that that the name indicates His mercy by taming the devotees from angry traits to peaceful loving traits.

  Temple History:

Chandra-Moon married the 27 daughters of Daksha but reserved his whole love for Rahini only.  Other distressed daughters took their case to their father Daksha who cursed Chandra to lose his brilliant fair complexion by fading each day.  To escape the effects of the curse, Chandra took a pilgrimage to various Shiva shrines.  He installed one here and prayed to the Lord.


Eight Shiva places are known as Atta Veeratta Sthalas where Lord Shiva destroyed the demons.  Tirukovilur is one among the eight. Padappai temple is considered to have this attribute and enjoys the status as Sub-Veeratta Sthala (place).  The temple also has the reputation of being one of 108 Shiva temples renovated and consecrated simultaneously in a single day by Nandi Varma Pallavan.

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