Monday, November 24, 2014

Sri Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu

Name of God Swetaranyeswarar
Color Green
Goddess Bhrama Vidya Nayaki
Thala Virutcham Alamaram
Theertham Surya Theertham
Gem Stone Emerald
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Temple History

There are a number of legends connected to this temple. The foremost beign the story of the Sage Swetha Kethu is said to have been saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Shiva here, in a legend similar to that of Markandeya at Tirukkadavur. Ancient time Acchuthagapanar who did not have a child, came to this temple and had a holy bath in the three tanks at this temple and worshipped Thiruvengadar and got a wise child who came to be known as Meikandar the author of Sivagnanabodham. It is also believed that Shiva took the fierce Aghoramurthy form, to vanquish the demon Maruthuvan, to whom he had given his Soolam - which he had misused.


This temple is also known as Aadi Chidambaram, Natarajar's dance here is known as Hasti Natanam. This Shivasthalam is one of the 6 most sacred places on the banks of river Cauvery which is par with the temple at Varanasi.

Contact Address

Sri Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu

Opening Timing

The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.


The temple is 10 Kms by road from Sirkazhi on the way to Poompuhar. And lies about 20 Kms from Mayiladudurai towards Poompuhar, where the Kaveri flows into the sea.

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