Vaidyanathaswami Temple, Thirumazhapadi, Ariyalur

Sri Vaidyanathaswami temple is located in the village named Thirumazhapadi, in the district of Ariyalur in state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Vaidyanathaswami (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Sundarambikai and Balambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Palm tree. The holy water of this temple is Kollidam, Lakshmi and Sivaganga. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kamya Agama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Mazhuvadi.

According to the local legends, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Sundarar.He addresses the Lord saying that whom he would think of after seeing his gold skinned Lord, clad in tiger skin, kondrai flowers spreading fragrance from His head, with lightning bright hair, the crescent moon, his King, and a precious gem blessing the world from Mazhapadi.This is the 54th Lord Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The festivals of this temple are Tirukarthikai in November-December, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Maha Shivrathri in February-March. According to the ancient religious text, the wedding of Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva took place in this spot. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy.

The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. Lord Ganapathi graces this temple for the devotees as Lord Sundara Vinayaka. The spot is also known as Tirumazhuvadi.

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