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Vedavaneshwarar Temple

Vedavaneshwarar Temple is located at Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam District. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has the presiding deity, Maraikkaadanaar or Vedaranyar. The lingam found here is swayambhu. Lord Shiva and Parvati appear in the bridal posture behind the lingam. The temple is one of the 64 Sakthi Peetams of Ambal. Legend has it that that Lord Ram took bath here and worshipped Shiva on his successful return to Ayodhya. It is said that the Pandavas have installed the Pancha Lingams here.

The idol of Goddess Saraswati is found holding an 'ettu suvadi' (palm leaf book) instead of a veena. A separate shrine for Goddess Durga is also housed within the temple. The temple faces the east and has pillared halls with beautiful images. Other attractive features are the images of the 12 zodiac signs and the 27 asterisms. Manikarnigai, the bathing ghat, lies in the southeast of the temple.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Nagapattinam
Location: Nagapattinam    


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