Sri Veerataneswarar temple is located in the town named Thiruvirkudi, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Veerataneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Elavar Kuzhali and Parimala Nayaki.
The holy tree of this temple is Tulsi. The holy waters of this temple are Chakkara and Changu Theerthams. 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 Tiruvirkudi.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 74th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.”
The main festivals that are celebrated in this particular shrine with much festivity are Chitra Poornima in April-May, Aadi Amavasya-new moon day in July-August, all Pradosham days, Annabishekam in October-November, Shivrathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December. A large number of devotees and pilgrims visit this temple from far and near on the auspicious day of Shivarathri.
It is to be noted that all Shiva related festivals are grandly celebrated in the temple. In this ancient shrine Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthy. The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for all pilgrims and devotees with lot of devotion and dedication. It is to be remembered that pujas and rituals are conducted as per Vedic practices plus ancient rules and regulations.