Vaideeswaran Koyil or Pullirukkuvelur
enshrining Shiva as the divine physician, is also
well known for its shrine to Mutthukumaaraswamy or Subramanyar. The tamil
name Pullirukkuvelur arises from the legend that Jatayu
(a bird), Irukku (Rig Veda), Vel (Skanda) and Oor
(the sun) offered worship to Shiva here.
Legend has it that Murugar
was blessed with his spear here. The legend holds at Sikkal
and at Tirumayilai. Another legend has it that
Shiva offered worship to Skanda here, hence the great significance attached to the
The images of Skanda (both the moolavar and the processional bronze
image) are of great beauty.
The Mutthukumaaraswamy shrine is situated in the innermost prakaram. In
front of the shrine is the sacrificial altar, the ashes from which are used to make the
prasadam (along with the mud from the Angasanthana theertnam) Tiruchaandu
Urundai which is believed to be a cure for many an ailment. This prasadam is
distributed after being placed in the Ambal (Tayyalnaayaki) shrine.
Another prasadam offered here, which is also believed to be a cure for many ailments is
the Nettirapidi Sandanam, which is sandal paste mixed wish saffron placed
at the feet of Mutthukkumaaraswamy and then offered to devotees.
Several festivals are celebrated throughout the year in this temple. Two annual
Bhramotsavams - one in Thai (for Mutthukkumaraswamy) and one in Panguni
(Vaitheeswaran) are celebrated here. Skanda sashti is another of the major festivals
The Kartikai asterism each month attracts large crowds at the