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Sri Vanchinathar temple

Moolavar : Vanchinadeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangala Nayaki, Vazha Vandha Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Sandal
Theertham : Gupta Ganga, Ema Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Vanchiam
City : Sri Vanchiam
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The glory of Lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar in his hymns.? This is the 70th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   As a tradition, Theerthavari is performed only on the final day of Brahmmotsavam in Shiva temples. Here it is performed on the second day in the temple tank itself during the Masi Magam festivals in February-March. Lord Vanchinathaswami comes in procession on the Ema Vahan. On the final day, pujas are dedicated to Lord Muruga. Theerthavari is celebrated on Karthikai Sundays too in November-December. A 10 day festival is also celebrated following Aadi Pooram in July-August. Special Aradhanas and abisheks are performed on Sundays.

Temple's Speciality:

   During the eclipse days also Sri Vanchiam temple is open though as a tradition other temples are closed during the time. Special abisheks are dedicated to Lord on these days. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthi.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Vanchinatha Swami Temple, Sri Vanchiam-610 110, Tiruvarur district.


   91-4366 291 305, 94424 03926, 93606 02973.

General Information:

   The 110 feet tall five tier Rajagopuram is facing east.??It was built by Rajendra Chola in the year AD 850.


   Those born of Magam, Pooram, Sadayam and Bharani Stars and belonging to Aries (Mesha), Aquarius (Kumba) and Leo (Simha) Rasis or Lagna pray here for any adverse planetary problems faced by them.??Also those who had lost jobs, aspiring promotions and transfers, separated couples for re-union pray here on Karthika Sundays after a bath in Gupta Ganga in November-December.

Thanks giving:

   Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek and aradhanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   During the eclipse times also, the doors of the temple is open though as a tradition in other Shiva temples they are closed.??Special abishek is performed to Lord of Sri Vanchiam during this time.??Mother Ganga once sought a solution from Lord to cleanse Herself of the sins left on Her by those who bathed in the river.??Lord directed Her to pray at a place where even Yama the God of Death was blessed by Him.??Accordingly, Ganga left just a small power of Her in the original?Ganga?and merged with the sacred spring here with the remaining 999 parts of Her holiness.?Hence, the Theertha is called Gupta Ganga.???It is still believed that She is residing in the theertha secretly.??This Theertha is considered holier than?Ganga.??Presently, it is known as Muni Theertha.??During Masi Magam, a festival is celebrated in this Theertha also.

Temple History:

   Yama the God of Death felt very sad that he was assigned the job of taking the life of people while there are many jobs of happy nature.??He went to Tiruvarur and spoke his sorrow to Lord.??Lord Shiva directed him to go to Sri Vanchiam and pray there.??Yama performed penance.??Pleased with his penance, Lord Vanchinadheswarar appeared before him on the Masi month Bharani Star day in February-March and asked what he wished.?

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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