Veerateswarar Temple, Keelaparasalur, Nagapattinam

Sri Veerateswarar temple is located in the village named Keelaparasalur, in the district of Keelaparasalur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Veerateswarar, Dakshapureeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Ilam Kobanayal – Balambika. The festival deity of this temple is Yaga Samharamurthi.

The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree. The holy water of this temple is Uthiravedi. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Karana Agama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiru Parialur.

According to the local legends, “Lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 41st Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals of this temple are on the last Karthikai Friday in November-December Lord Shiva comes in procession, Makar Sankranti on 14th January, Vaikasi Tiruvonam in May-June, on Tamil new year day in April-May six time Abishek is offered to Procession Deity Yaga Samharamurthi, Purattasi Chaturti in September-October and Aadi first day in July-August.

This is the fourth temple of the Attaveera Sthalas of Lord Shiva. In this temple, Lord is a Swayambumurthi.  The temple is open for pilgrims and devotees from 6.00 a.m. to12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. In this shrine, deities like Nardana Vinayka, Lords Vinayaka, Ambika, Viswanatha, Lord Subramania and Bhairava are present. Devotees and pilgrims from far and near visit this temple.

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