Vilvavaneswarar Temple, Tiruvaikaavoor (Thanjavur)

Sri Vilvavaneswarar temple is located in the village named Tiruvaikaavoor, in the district of Thanjavur, in state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Vilvavaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Valaikkainaayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilvam (Bael Tree). The holy water of this temple is Yama 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 Vaikaavoor.

This particular temple is the 48th sacred shrine in the northern bank of Kaveri consecrated by thevaaram and the poet Tirujnanasambandar as Appar, Sundarar vedamotu velvipala vaayina mikuththu vitiyaaru samayam otiyum unarntum ulatevar tozha ninrarul ceyoruvanitamaam methakaiya kethakaikal punnaiyotu jnaazhalavai mikka azhakaal maathavi manam kamazha vantupala paatu pozhil vaikaavile.

The primary festivals of this shrine are Vijayadasami, Tirukkaarthigai and Tiruvaathirai days. The main festival are  Arudhra Procession,  Theerthavaari on the New Moon Day, Maha Sivarathiri, Maasi month and Panchmukha Moorthis Procession.

It is to be noted that Lord Vishnu and Brahma stand as vigilant security guards on both the sides of the door step in the ardha mantapam. With a staff in his hand, in this holy temple, Lord Dakshinamurthi rightly appears in the perfect standing posture.

The temple remains open for all from 6.00 am to 11.00 am and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. The other shrines in this temple are  of Lord Arumuga, Sundaramurthi Vinayagar sanctum and  the sanctum of Saptakannikas. There is a large Nandi at this temple in front of the primary deity.

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