Vaideeswaran Koil

Yesterday we visited Hampi, Karnataka. Today we are going to go back to Tamil Nadu to visit Vaideeswaran Kovil.

Vaideeswaran Kovil or Pullirukkuvelur is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanathar or Vaitheeswaran meaning the “God of healing” and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. Vaitheeswaran is a Tamil derivative from vaidya (Doctor) and Ishvara (God/Master). The presiding deity is Sri Vaidyanathan, facing towards West whereas East side is the common one. He is the God of Healing. When pronouncing in Tamil, it sounds like “vaideeswaran”. It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples and is associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka).

The village is also known for palm leaf astrology called Naadi astrology in Tamil. It is located 7 kilometers from Sirkazhi, 235 kilometers from Chennai, 27 km from Chidambaram, 110 km from Thanjavur and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai.

The holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex contains nectar, and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.

The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of 7th-century Saiva nayanars – Tamil saint poets and is also classified as a Paadal Petra Sthalam (temple revered by the nayanars).

The temple has a five-tiered gopuram (temple tower), two inner gopurams and large precincts. The central shrine is that of Vaitheeswaran present as lingam in the inner most sanctum. The first precinct around the sanctum has the metal image of Subramanya, worhsipped here as Muthukumara Swamy. The other metal images in the sanctum are of Nataraja, Somaskanda, Angaraka and stone sculptures of DurgaDakshinamoorthySurya (Sun god), JatayuVedasSampati.

The Veeraraghavaswamy temple at Thiruvallur is considered the Vaishnavite temple equivalent of healing abilities of the presiding deity to that of the Saivite Vaitheeswaran Kovil.

For more information on Vaideeswaran Koil, please visit the Wiki Page: Vaideeswaran Koil.

Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

11 thoughts on “Vaideeswaran Koil”

  1. Oh yea….this temple region is one of the most mystic places. Specially the art of Naadi intrigues me. I still need to confirm the truth but I have heard from master’s teachings that Naadi is very ancient science and big saints like Agastya and all had their hands in structuring it. Anyways good article. Informative!

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    1. yes it is. i have tried to try this out with several such “stalls” that has been put up. There is no mysticism anymore. It is all pure commercial with a big tariff list for various predictions. another thing is it’s a pure play of psychological tricks on the gullible. i could easily find that out but still wanted to go through the motions as to what they are up to. they extract as much info in the pretext of conversation initially and then they pretend to bring some palmscripts. they dont show it to us and simple pretend to read it but the information is already known. there is no future predictions and they say only the general trends. i talked to it about the local people there and they say 90-95% are like that and very rarely you will find a genuine nadi astrologer. most of the original nadi manuscripts have been lost and these people just play pranks on the gullible and extract money 😦 but the temple is just amazing and mystic and it is a must visit for a seeker. it definitely brings in inner peace. the temple tank i have no words to describe it. it is so huge and it’s just amazing…

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      1. Hmm….only when there is TRUTH lurking somewhere, does the UnTruth rapidly encompasses it and hides it from the seeker. Worth a try though! You were clever enough to discriminate between the pseudo and the real! Lucky! Yea the temple is epic. In fact, TN has some of the best temples I have ever been to.

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        1. yes indeed…Lord Oppiliappan (elder brother of Sri Srinivasa, Tirupathi) at Thirunaageswaram ( a very important rahu sthalam and a huge amazing temple about 200 m from Lord Oppilappen temple). Kumbakonam, Tanjore district is our family deity and is our driving force behind everything.

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          1. As flutist, during my holidays at IIT, I used to visit Tiruvannamalai, Tanjore, Tiruvayur, Pondi, Kumbakonam,etc with flute. I visited Tyagaraja’s samadhi and played flute, alone, there which immersed me in inexplicable joy for few months. In Madurai, in one of the Krishna temples, I was decorated by the shawl on Krishna idol by the pries, when I played “Tulasi Dalamulache”. I considered it a great blessing from Krishna indeed! This association of music and temple’s spiritual vibes and darshans made my days in TN one of the best and unforgettable life times of my life.

            Good to know about Kumbakonam and Tanjore connection to you. You know what, Master E.K’s Guru – Master C.V.V hailed from Kumbakonam!

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            1. Yes..a pleasure to hear all this from you..I am just a passive listener of mostly psychedelic rock hard rock kind of stuff I happened to inherit from my college years.. absolutely zero in Carnatic or indian music except illayaraja songs 😦

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              1. Haha ..yea, I shared that out of nostalgic memories of old days….Every music has its own expression. I don’t differentiate between them. The type of music that comes out is a characteristic of selfa Nd hence so many different genres in this world. Any music, that lets you slip into forgetfulness of egotic self is a catalyst for self realization.

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                1. Exactly…I am of the kind of a intense person who gets totally connected to anything I come across that I relate so much of my personality to them… thats why the likes of gnr Floyd nirvana doors Aerosmith Metallica dire straits def leopard meatloaf rem and so on have a direct relation because of the lyrics and the intense instrumentals associated with them that kinds of teleports me 🙂 similarly the symphonies of Mozart Beethoven Bach and the like…

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        2. i could easily figure it out but i ventured into them only because some of my friends were carried away with this and had doubts and wanted to know the real truth. in the end they were quite happy when i told their gimmicks and what is actually going on there.

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