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270. Tiruvedikkudi


Location: Tiruvedikkudi near Thanjavur
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Vedapureeswarar
Ambal: Mangayarkarasi
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located near Thanjavur and Tiruvaiyaru and is considered to be one of the 7 Saptastanams of Tiruvaiyaru. The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are  Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai, Tiruvedikkudi, Tirukkandiyur, Tiruppanturai  Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru. Tiruvedikkudi is considered to be the 14th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Bhrama and the Vedas are said to have worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Vedikkudi. Vedappillayar is said to be in an inclined position, listening to the Vedas. Shiva here, is also known as Vaazhaimadunaathar.

This temple with a single prakaram occupies an area of about 2 acres. Ambal is also known as Mangaiyarkarasi.The rays of the sun illuminate the sanctum for a period of 3 days from the 13th day of the month of Panguni (Pisces).

Festivals: 2 worship services are offered each day.The annual Bhrammotsavam falls in the month of Chittirai. The Saptastana festival of Tiruvaiyaru in Chittirai , where the festival image of Shiva of Tiruvaiyaru is taken in procession to each of the 7 temples is a very grand one.  

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