Deva Pureeswarar Temple, Thevur, Thiruvarur
Deva Pureeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thevur near Kilvelur in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. This is one of the 78 Maadakovils, built on an elevation, by Ko Chenkata Chola Nayanar so that elephants cannot enter the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Deva Pureeswarar / Deva Gurunathar / Aadhi Deekshiram Udayar / Kathali Vaneswarar. Mother is called as Then Mozhiyal / Pann Nilaviya Mozhiyumai / Madhura Bhashini. Praises of the temple have been sung by the Nayanmars, Appar and Sambandar. This is the 202nd Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 85th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery, in Chozha Nadu. The temple is frequented by unmarried people and those seeking children.
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This is one of the 78 Maadakovils, built on an elevation, by Ko Chenkata Chola Nayanar so that elephants cannot enter the sanctum. The Temple is facing east and the Rajagopuram is of 3 tiers. Lord of the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Presiding Deity is called as Deva Pureeswarar / Deva Gurunathar / Aadhi Deekshiram Udayar / Kathali Vaneswarar. Mother is called as Then Mozhiyal / Pann Nilaviya Mozhiyumai / Madhura Bhashini.
Sthala Vriksham is Kal Vazhai / Velvazhai tree (a plantain variety) grows from rocks, not on soil. All deities here have the prefix Deva. Theertham of this Temple is Deva Theertham and is located in front of the temple. Varuna, Gowthama, Marutha, & Sanjeevini Theerthams are the other Theerthams associated with this temple. Ambal is in separate temple in standing posture. Nandhi is located to the left side of Rajagopuram entrance.
Deva Guru - Jupiter worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple, hence the symbol of ignorance - Muyalagan is not under the feet of Lord Dakshinamurthy in the temple (Lord Dakshinamurthy is the authority deity for planet Jupiter). Traditionally temples have either Mother Shiva Durga or a Vishnu Durga. It is a rare difference in this place that Mother Durga is holding a conch representing Vishnu feature and a deer representing Shiva feature, thus as Shiva-Vishnu Durga.
Shrines of Vinayakar, Murugan, Gowthama Lingam, Agalya Lingam, Indra Lingam, 63 Nayanmar, Maha Lakshmi, Durgai, Navagrahams, Bairavar, Chandran, and Soorya are located in the inner prakaram. Somaskandar as Ammayappar is located in the first floor. Also sanctum of Athma Nathar worshiped by Manickavasagar can be seen.
Subramanyar sanctum is located in between Lord Siva and Goddess sanctum, and is considered as Somaskanda Moorthy Sthalam. This Temple is considered as one of Ashta Vinayakar Sthalam. Sthala Vinayakar is Valampuri Vinayakar and he is known a Brahma Varadhar. Inscriptions belongs Jata Varma Sundara Pandiyan period can be found in this temple.
Temple 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.
Vaikasi Peru Vizha in May-June; Maha Shivarathri in February-March and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai are the festivals of the temple.
Saints Sambandar and Appar had sung the glory of Lord Shiva of this temple in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 202nd Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 85th Sthalam on the south side of River Cauvery, in Chozha Nadu.
As the place is revered as Guru Sthala - Jupiter, prayer in this temple dispenses with any adverse aspect of the planet. People pray to Lord Devapureeswarar for prosperity, recovery of losses and excellence in academic pursuits. Those seeking wedding and child boon perform pujas to this tree on Mondays.
Deva Pureeswarar Temple,
Thevur – 611 109,
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 276 113
Mobile: +91 – 94862 78810
The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Kizh Velur, 28 Kms from Thiruthuraipoondi, 18 Kms from Thiruvarur, 18 Kms from Nagapattinam, 10 Kms from Valivalam, 15 Kms from Katchanam and 134 Kms from Trichy. Thevur is located on the Nagapattinam - Thiruthuraipoondi route passing through Keel Velur and Kachanam. Town bus from Thiruvarur to Valivalam passes through this place. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kizh Velur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.