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Sri Vasishteswarar temple

Moolavar : Vasishteswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Ulaga Nayaki Ammai
Thala Virutcham : Mullai, Ven Shenbagam, Shevvandhi
Theertham : Chakkara theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thenkudithittai
City : Thenkudithittai
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The glory of the shrine is sung by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar in his hymns. This is the 15th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery mentioned in Thevaram hymns


   Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Guru Bhagwan (Jupiter) transition day are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Sun God dedicates his puja to Lord through his rays on the Shivalinga on 15, 16 and 17 in Aavani month (August-September). During the Uthirayana half year in the month of Panguni (March-April) Rising Sun worships Lord Shiva on 25, 26 and of the month. It is noteworthy that drops of water fall on the Lord from the Vimana every 20 minutes. This is a miracle still happening. Planet Jupiter is in a shrine between Lord and Mother.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Vasishteswarar Temple, Thenkudithittai-612 206, Thanjavur district


   91-4362 252 858, 94435 86453

General Information:

   Maharshi Vasishta worshipped Jupiter as Raja Guru in this temple, hence the place has Guru importance. Guru transition day is devotionally celebrated here.


   Praying to Lord here relieves the devotee of any adverse aspect of planet Jupiter on him/her. They also are blessed with excellence in education with prosperity.

Thanks giving:

   Special pujas are offered to Planet Jupiter ? Guru Bhagwan.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Thittai in Tamil means wisdom spot. Human body has six bases-Mooladhara, Swadishtana, Manipuraka, Anagatha, Visuddhi and Aangna activating the life. Lord Muruga ensures the benefits of these Aadharas to his devotees with final benefit of enlightenment placing them ever in bliss. Lord Muruga is the Moolamurthi here with His body as Thenkudi and bliss as Thittai ? Thenkudi Thittai.

Temple History:

   Thittu in Tamil means a place in higher levels. During a pralaya period, the world was inundated with water. The boat powered by the Ohm Mantra carrying Lord and Mother stopped at a Thittu. This Thittu is Sirkali also called Thonipuram. Of the 28 holy places Lord Shiva loved in days prior to the Pralaya, 26 were submerged in water. The remaining two are Sirkaly and Thenkudi Thittai. During the Pralaya the sound OHM came out from Sirkali. In Thenkudi Thittai the sound HAM emerged along with other mantra sounds. Hence, this place is known as Gnana Medu the wisdom spot and as Thenkudi Thittai. Sirkali is known as Vadakudi Thittai. Also, places called Thittai (Kudi Thittai) are loved most by Lord and Mother. As Maharshi Vasishta had his hermitage here to worship Lord Shiva here, He is praised as Vasishteswara. Mother is praised as Ulaganayaki.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord is a Swayambumurthy in the temple. Sun God worships Lord with his rays in the month of Aavani on 15, 16 and 17 and again in the month of Panguni on 25, 26 and 27. The miracle that water drops fall on the Lord every 20 minutes from the Vimana continues till today.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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