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272. Tiruverkaadu


Location: Tiruverkadu near Chennai.
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Verkatteeswarar, Vedapureeswarar
Ambal: Verkanniammai, Balambika
Theertham: Velayuda Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: This is a Shivastalam in greater Chennai, on the way to Poonamallee. There is a sign on the highway pointing to the diversion that leads to the temple. Tiruverkadu is known more for the Karumariamman temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims. It is considered to be of significance to visit the shrines of Balambika here, Vadivudaiamman in Tiruvotriyur and Jagadambikai in Padi, on the same day. This is the 23rd of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

Legends: Shiva is said to have blessed Agasthyar with a vision of his marriage with Parvati, as portrayed in a panel behind the Shivalingam. Subramanyar is said to have worshipped Shiva here after having slain the demon Sooran.

Festivals: On the full moon night in the month of Chittirai (Aries), festival images of deities from 7 Shiva temples in the vicinity converge nearby in procession.

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