Visited on: 11th June, 2018.
Thiru Karaveeram is situated at a distance of about 10 kms from Thiruvarur on the Thiruvarur to Kumbakonam route. Take the diversion road from Vadakandam village and proceed to Karaveeram.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Thirukkollamputhur, Peruvelur, Thalaiyaalangadu, Kudavoil (Kudavasal), Thirucheri, Naalur Mayanam, Kaduvaikkarai Puthur (Aandangkoil), Penu Perunthurai, Thiru Naraiyur Siththeecharam, Arisirkarai Puthur, Sivapuram, Karukkudi and Kalayanallur.
|Moolavar||Sri Brahmapureeswarar, Sri Karaveereswarar, Sri Alarivana Nathar|
|Ambal||Sri Prathyaksha Minnammai, Sri Karaveera Nayagi|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham / Anavarada Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Pon Alali / Sevvarali|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 91st Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple’s main tower does not have any tiers. In place of the Gopuram, there is a beautiful sculpture depicting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy.
- This temple has only one corridor. It does not have a flag post (Dwajasthambam).
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 22.08.1997.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is situated on the southern bank of the river Vettaru.
According to legend, in ancient times, this region was a forest densely covered with Karaveeram trees. This temple’s Sthala Viruksham is “Pon Alari” / “Sevvarali” (Karaveeram), hence this place gets the name Karaveeram. However, now this place is known as Vadakandam Karaiyapuram.
Another reason why this village got the name Karaveeram is because it is believed that a donkey (“karam” in Tamil) worshiped the lord here.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).