Visited on: September 17, 2016
Thiruvakkari is situated at a distance of about 25 kms each from Pondicherry, Tindivanam and Villupuram. On the Pondicherry to Mayilam route, there is a village called Perumbakkam. An arch (Entrance) of this temple is erected at Perumpakkam and from here this temple is at a distane of about 6 kms.
|Ambal||Sri Amirthambikai, Sri Vadivambikai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Surya Pushkarini, Chandira Pushkarini and Varaha River|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 30th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This temple has three corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 7-tiers.
- Although this is a Shiva temple, Goddess Vakrakali is more prominent here.
- Everything in this temple, including the idols, the structures and the flag post are “Vakram” (Contrary / Unusual).
History of the Temple
The temple is located on the banks of river Varaha.
As per the information displayed at the temple, it is more than 2000 years old and was built by King Adithya Chola.
According to legend that there was once a Demon King called Vakrasuran, who, being a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva and had performed rigorous penance here. Pleased by his penance, Lord Shiva granted him the boon of immortality. Empowered with immortality, he started terrorizing the celestial gods (Devas). The Devas pleaded with Lord Shiva to save them from Vakrasuran’s atrocities. Lord Shiva asked Lord Mahavishnu to kill Vakrasuran, In the fight between Lord Vishnu and Vakrasuran, as soon as Vakrasuran’s blood touched the ground, demons started forming in its place. Vakkra Kali (Goddess Parvathi) was sent to drink the blood without letting it drop to the ground. Mahavishnu used his Sri Chakra and killed Vakrasuran. When Vakrasuran's sister Dhunmukhi came to the battle field, she was pregnant. Goddess Parvathi took out the baby, wore it in her ear as earring and then killed Dhunmukhi. After killing Dhunmukhi, she stayed there in the form of Vakrakali.
As the Demon Vakrasuran worshipped Lord Shiva here, it is said that this place is called Vakkarai. Other names associated with this place are Kundalivanam, Dhukrapuri and Vakrapuripattinam.
It is also said that Chandiran (Moon god) worshipped the Lord Shiva here.