Categorized as “Paadal Petra Sthalam” i.e. temple revered by nayanars, is a Hindu shrine located in Tamil Nadu known as Vaitheeswaran Temple. This “Lord Shiva” dedicated temple is situated in Vaitheeswaran in the Nagapattinam district. In addition, this temple complex also comprises of the “Sidhamirtham Tank” which apparently possesses “nectar” capable of providing remedies for all diseases. Furthermore, the main deity of this temple i.e. Vaitheeswaran said to be an avatar of Lord Shiva is supposed to possess curative powers, and hence this temple has rightly been given the sobriquet the “God of Healing “.
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a. How to reach Vaitheeswaran Temple
Vaitheeswaran Temple Map
1. By Train:
The nearest station to this temple is located in Nagapattinam. The Nagapattinam Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points will be Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulum, and Madurai.
- Via Bangalore:
There are three routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH44, via NH48, and via NH32.
- Via Chennai:
There are three routes from Chennai to this temple, and they are via E Coast Road and NH32, via NH32, and via Chennai Villupuram Trichy and Kanyakumari Road.
- Via Hyderabad:
There are three routes from Hyderabad to this temple, and they are via Chennai Srikakulam Highway/Guntur Chennai Highway and NH32.
- Via Ernakulum:
There are three routes from Ernakulum to this temple, and they are via NH544, via NH544 and NH81, and via NH544 and Kumaramangalam Panruti Road and NH81.
- Via Madurai:
There are three routes from Madurai to this temple, and they are via NH38, via NH38 and SH70, and via NH38 and NH83.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Tiruchirappali. The Thiruchirappali Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Vaitheeswarn Temple
According to a popular folklore, in this region once Goddess Parvati asked her son Subramanya to appear before her with one face out of the six faces he possessed. In response, Subramnaya showed up with one face as requested which pleased his mother very much. Impressed with her son in turn Parvati gifted him a special weapon that would help in slaying demons. Now Subramanya once engaged with a demon called Suprapadam in a fierce battle in Vaitheeswaran. It is during this battle that he (Subramanya) managed to destroy the demon using the weapon given by his mother. However, unfortunately while overcoming this demon, Subramanya also suffered severe injuries. It is then that Lord Shiva appeared in the avatar of Vaitheeswaran and enabled the healing of the wounds. Yet another mythological tale states there lived a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva in this village by the name of Angahara, who was a leper. It was on seeing his condition that Lord Shiva is supposed to have appeared in the form of a “Vaidya” i.e. doctor and cured him completely off this dreaded disease. It was therefore to honour this form of Lord Shiva (i.e. Vaitheeswaran) that this temple was constructed.
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