Vedapureeswarar Temple, Tiruverkadu

Sri Vedapureeswarar temple is located in the village named Tiruverkadu, in the district of Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Vedapureeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Balambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Velvela Maram. The holy waters of this temple are Veda theertham and Pali River. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiruverkadu.

According to the local legends, “The shrine is praised in the Thevaram hymn of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is 23rd Shiva temple in Thondai region praised in Thevaram hymns.” The main festivals that are grandly celebrated in this shrine are Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Navarathri in September-October; Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Amavasya, Pournima and English and Tamil New Year Days.

In this temple, Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy. In their wedding form, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathy are just behind the Linga, this is a special feature in the shrine. It is to be noted that this spot is the birth place of a noted saint named Moorka Nayanar who is one of the 63 celebrated Saivite Saints.

The shrine is open for all the Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. the temple complex comprises of 1.5 acres with three prakaras-corridors, a five tier Rajagopuram facing towards east and the Gajabrushta designed is the sanctum sanctorum.

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