Vedapureeswarar Temple, Cheyyar

#11 of 13 in Historic Sites in Tiruvannamalai District
Vedapureeswarar temple is a sacred place on the northern banks of the Cheyyar River in the Tiruvannamalai District near Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. This sacred place is now known as Cheyyar but was previously called Thiruvothur. This is one of the important towns in Thiruvanamalai district. It includes a sub-collector office, taluk office, two courts and a special prison.
The temple is devoted to Lord Vedapuresswarar who came here and imparted his spiritual knowledge regarding the Vedas. According to legend, it is in this sacred place that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar used his holy miraculous powers and transformed a male palm tree into a female palm tree. Arunagirinathar, a devotee of Lord Muruga worshipped the Lord in this temple. According to popular legend, when the Saivite saint Sampandhar visited Therazhundur, he could not distinguish the temple from the neighbouring Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple dedicated to Vishnu. At that instant, Ganesha is believed to have manifested before Sampandhar and pointed out the Shiva temple to him.
This temple has a few unique distinctions. The Nandi, which usually faces the Shiva Lingam, is facing the opposite direction. One can also worship all the Pancha Bootha (lingams) in this temple.
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  • The temple history states that one of the nayanmars turned a palm tree into pollinatable tree. And its a a local belief if you tie a knot in the tree leaves your wish will come true(if you can fine em...  more »
  • I was fascinated by the temple's height and the rigorous carvings on the sandstone walls, which depicted the local artists' skill and the lifestyle of the Dravidian kings.  more »
  • Must visit temple near Kancheepuram (30 kms). Lot of divine stories around the temple. Gender transformed living palm tree, nine door steps, lord shiva's 5 elements (panja pootha) idols etc.
  • Thiruvatipuram,Tivothur ,all these cheyyar it is one hour approximately it is a good temple ,male pa female palm trees This is à vast area embedded with Vedapuriswar
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