'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Vedapureeswarar - Thiruverkadu

About the Temple:

There are various temples around the city of Chennai. Lord Vedapureeswarar, the presiding deity in Thiruverkadu temple is also called Verkattu eesan. The temple is situated at the northern bank of Paalar, in the midst of greenery and beautiful surrounding. The Lord, along with His consort has been installed under babool trees.After the Great Deluge, which immersed the entire earth, Lord Shiva wished to recreate it. He made the water dry up and asked the Vedas to be babool trees on the earth promising that He would appear as lingam under them.

It is Thiruverkadu where Lord Shiva appeared as lingam. When His consort Umadevi asked Him what was Her role, Lord Shiva told her to create devas like Brahma and recreate all the lives that had been destroyed in the Deluge. Umadevi did her job and appeared alongside the Lord.

Before awarding the title "Devasenathipathi"  to Lord Muruga, the devas performed abhishekam to Him with the milk of Nandini, the daughter of Kamadhenu. The milk flowed into a river as Paalar, which is being considered a holy river like Ganges. Many Shivasthalams have come up on its bank, but Thiruverkadu deserves special mention. Sekizhar, in his "Thiruthondar puranam" says that Moorganayanar, one of the sixty-three Nayanmars, was born and lived here. Moorganayanar helped Shiva devotees with the money he earned through gambling and won the grace of the Lord, it is said. This sthalam has the glory of being the place where Shiva blessed Agathiya with a vision of his marriage with Umadevi. This scene has been portrayed in a panel behind the moolavar in the sanctum. The place is also called Vadavedharanyam.

Architecture of the temple

The entrance gopuram has five stages. The moolavar has been installed facing east. In the northern prahara, the idol of Goddess Balambika has been installed facing the south. Those who worship Thiruverkadu Balambika, Thiruvalithayam Jegadhambika and Thiruvotriyur Vadivambika on the same day will get all the prosperity not only in this jenma but also the next. In the inner prahara, Agathiya, Sun God, Nayanmars, Chandikeswarar, Ganapathy, Dakshinamoorthy, Brahma and Durga have been installed. Also, there is a sannadhi for Navagraha. At the south-east corner of the outer prahara, sannadhis of Sani bhagwan and Moorganayanar are situated.Lord Muruga is depicted with bow and arrow instead of vel in his hand and with one foot on a peacock. Lord Muruga imprisoned Brahma who was not able to tell the meaning of Pranava. On learning about this, Lord Shiva sent Nandi to retrieve Brahma. Then Shiva came to Muruga in person and got Brahma released by explaining to Muruga that the work of Creation had been affected due to the imprisonment of Brahma. When Shiva punished Muruga for his reckless action, Muruga dug Velayutha theertham to worship Shiva. The lingam, installed by Muruga is at the western part of the inner prahara.

Festivals and Special Occasions:

They say that those who organize or help in organizing Brahmotsav, Vasanthothsv and Pavithrorsav in Shiva temples will attain moksha. Those who hold these utsavas and other utsavas in Thiruverkadu will have all the happiness in the present birth and will ascend to heaven thereafter. Those who attend the festivals in Thiruverkadu will become heads of Shivaganas. Those who are unable to come for darshan, can stay just for a few minutes in any holy temple like Thiruverkadu and pray to Verkattu eesan, they'll attain greatness.

Special features of Thiruverkadu Vedapureeswarar temple

  • The place has the credit of rendering poison ineffective.
  • The ancient temple is 2,000 years old.
  • Vinayaka, Muruga, Digbaalakas, Thirumal, Brahma, Indra, Agathiya and Markandeya were blessed by Shiva through worship here.
  • The sthalam has the glory of having been sung in the Devaram songs of Thirugyanasambhandar.
  • Lord Muruga's praise has been sung by Arunagirinathar in two Thirupukazh here.
  • The temple has some of the best stone inscriptions.
  • The temple's sthala vritcham is "Velvelam".
  • There are lingams installed and worshipped by Dikbalakas in the surrounding places with Verkattu eesan as the main deity - Agni lingam in Noombal, Yaman lingam in Senneerkuppam, Nruthi lingam in Mettupalayam, Varuna lingam in Pariwakkam, Vayu lingam in Paruthipatti, Kubhera lingam in Sundaracholapuram, Eesanya lingam at the bottom of the temple and Indra lingam at the east.

For the attention of devotees

Thiruverkadu sthalam is situated at 3 km distance from the point where the road branches off at the right from the Poovirunthavalli Main Road, which is at 17 km distance from Chennai. The temple is located at half a kilometer distance from the Thiruverkadu bus depot.

Timings for darshan

From 6.30 a.m. to 12 noon; from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.