Visited on: 17th September, 2016 and 16th December, 2016
Thiruvadukur is at a distance of about 22 kms from Pondicherry on the Pondicherry to Villupuram route. From Villupuram it is about 20 kms.
Nearest railway station is Chinnababu Samudram (4 kms) on the Villupuram to Pondicherry railway line.
|Moolar||Sri Vadukeeswarar, Sri Panchanadeeswarar,|
|Ambal||Sri Tiripurasundari, Sri Vaduvakirkanni|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Vamanadeva Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanni tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Padal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 16th Shiva Sthalam in Nadu Naadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- The lord of this temple, Lord Vadukeeswarar is slightly leaning towards the left side.
- There is no flag post (Dwajasthambam) in this temple.
- This east facing temple’s main tower is not tiered. In place of the Gopuram, there is a beautiful sculpture depicting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy.
History of the Temple
This temple is believed to have been built by the Chola King Paranthakan-I. It is constructed in a style that is similar to that of Tanjore temple but it is much smaller in size.
The historical name of this place is Vadukur and that of the temple is Andarkoil. However, over a period of time, this place’s name has been changed to Thiru Andarkoil.
Currently, this temple is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India, Department of Culture, Government of India..