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259. Virkudi


Location: Virkudi near Tiruvarur, Mayiladuturai
(Chola Nadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Veeratteswarar
Ambal: Elavaar Kuzhali
Vriksham: Tulasi
Theertham: Chakra Theertham
Other: Veeratta Stalam
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is of the 8 Ashtaveeratta Stalams of Shiva, associated with the slaying of the demon Jalandarasuran with the discus, Chakram. As with 5 of the other Veerattastalams, Shiva faces west. It is only at the Tiruvazhuvur and Tiruvatikai Veerattams that Shiva faces East. The eight Veeratta Stalams are Tiruvatikai, Tirukkurukkai, Tirukkadavur, Tiruvazhuvur, Tirukkovalur, Tiruppariyalur, Tirukkandiyur and Tiruvirkudi. Tiruvazhuvur is considered to be a Tevara Vaippustalam, as it has no Patikams dedicated to it.

Tiruvirkudi  considered to be the 74th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Virkudi is also known as Gokarnam, as the mound of sand which forms the base of the temple, in between two rivers resembles the ear of a cow.Virkudi is surrounded by Nannilam (NW), Tiruppanaiyur, Tiruppugalur (N), Tiruppalliyin Mukkoodal (S), Tiruvarur (SW), Tiruvaanchiyam (W) and Tiruppayatrankudi, Chenkattankudi and Tirumarugal (E).

Legends: Many interesting legends are associated with the demon Jalandharan. This shrine is also name as Dhanushapuram, as Vishnu's bow, believed to have been broken by the Devas in the guise of termites landed here. This legend is similar to that at Tiruvarur.

Interestingly Tulasi is the stalavriksham here, and is believed to be the reincarnation of Brinda, the wife of the slain demon.

The Temple: Virkudi is situated in a rural locale blessed with lush vegetation. This temple with 2 prakarams occupies an area of about an acre and its entrance is crowned with a 200 feet high Rajagopuram at its Western Entrance. There are pillared halls with interesting carvings. There is a separate shrine for Bhairavar here.

The festival image of Shiva - Jalandhara Samhara Moorthy here bears the discus - chakram. Shiva is said to have given this discus to Vishnu at Tiruveezhimizhalai nearby. There are several theerthams in this temple.  

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