Sunday, October 4, 2015

KalyanaSundarar Temple, Tiruvelvikkudi

Location of the templeTiruvelvikkudi
Lord Shiva known asKalyanaSundareswarar
Female deity known asParimalasugandha Nayaki
PathigamSambandar, Sundarar
How to reach This temple is located near Tirumananjeri, another padal petra sthalam. It is situated at a distance of 3 Kms from Kutthalam which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam road. Bus services to Tiruvelvikkudi and Tirumananjeri are available from Mayiladuthurai. By engaging an auto at Kuththalam, one can visit all the 4 temples viz., Tiruthuruthi, Tiruvelvikudi, Tiruedhirkolpadi and Tirumananjeri easily within half a day.
Temple addressArulmighu KalyanaSundareswarar Temple
Kuththalam Post
Mayiladuthurai Taluk
Nagapattinam District
PIN 609801
Location maptiruvelvikudi map
Map showing location of Tiruvelvikudi temple from Kuththalam
Map courtesy by: Google Maps

Velvikudi or Thiruvelvikudi is where the vedic rituals were performed before the divine marriage of Lord Shiva and parvati. Since the early homams were performed by the divine couple at this place, it is considered beneficial to perform homams here for early marriage. The prayers and rituals are similar to those carried out at Thirumanancheri, except that some special homams are performed on every full moon day, and those whose marriages are delayed are advised to participate.

This temple has 3 tier Gopuram (Tower) with 2 prakarams. The images of Ganapathi, Agasthiar, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Chandrasekharar and Ardhanaareeswarar adorn the outer walls of the main sanctum. Inscriptions from the period of Sembian Mahadevi and Rajaraja Cholan and Parantaka Cholan have been found in this temple.

The earthly marriage of God Shiva and goddess Parvati was celebrated at Tirumananjeri but the vedic and religious rituals leading to that marriage were held at this Sthalam, hence the name Tiruvelvikudi.

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