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Vedapureeswarar Temple, Therazhundur, Nagapattinam

Sri Vedapureeswarar temple is located in Therazhundur village in Nagapattinam district, of the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Vedapureeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Soundaraambigai.

The holy trees of this temple are Vilvam and Sandal. The holy water of this temple is Veda Theertham. 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 Thiruvazhundur.

As per the local legends,“Tirujnanasambandar   Thevaram   Vaane malaiye yena mannuyire Thane thozhuvaar thozhudaal maniye Aane sivane yazhundai yavarem Mane yenamaa mada manninaiye.   This is the 38th holy place in the southern banks of Kaveri consecrated by Thevaram.”            The annual temple festival is held during the Chitra Pournami day. It commences with flag hoisting 10 days before Chitra Pournami day and grandly ends with Car festival.

In the month of Maasi, on the 23rd, 24th and 25th days, ‘Sooriya Pooja’ (Sun Worship) is performed from 5.55 pm to 6.05 pm. The shrine is facing towards West. It is to be noted that this place is the birth-place of the poet named Kavichakravarthi Kambar. The temple is open from 6.00 am to 11.30 am and from 5.00pm to 8.30 pm for all the Hindu devotees and pilgrims. It is to the most sought after temple in the district and in South India.            According to the local legends, “this is the temple of Easwara”.  Hence, this Vinayaka is known as “Jnanasambanda Vinayakar”.  It is to be noted that Sage Agastya has worshipped the Lord of this spot.

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