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This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 11th Shiva Sthalams in Nadu Naadu. Lord Shiva in this temple is a (self-manifested) Swayambumurthi.
- Moolavar : Veeratteswarar
- Urchavar : Andhakasura Murthy
- Amman / Thayar : Perianayaki, Shivanandavalli
- Thala Virutcham : Sarakondrai
- Theertham : Thenpennai
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Andhakapuram
- Location : Tirukovilur,Viluppuram,Tamil Nadu.
In this temple Lord Shiva is a Bairavar himself.
Both the Moolavar and Ambal Shrines face the west and are built as separate temples.The main towers of both temples (Rajagopuram) have 3-thirds each and 2 corridors each.In that place lived two of the 63 Nayanmars-Saint Meiporul Nayanar and Saint Narasinga Munaiarayar.
This is the birthplace of the great King Arunmozhith Devan of Chola, popularly known as Raja Raja Cholan; his mother Vaanavan Madevi and Adithya Karikalan.
The temple is situated on the south bank of the river Pennai. This place ‘s historical name is, “Andhakapuram.”
There are eight special places in Hindu mythology where Lord Shiva is believed to have defeated numerous demons and to have displayed acts of bravery. These positions are Sthalams of the Veeratta. This in Tamil is called “Atta Veerattanam” (“Atta” means eight and “Veeram” means bravery). Thirukkovilur is the second Veerattana Sthalam where it is believed the lord has vanquished the Andhakasuran demon.
For all doshas connected to planet Sukran this is a Parikara Sthalam.
Devotees assume that worshipping the Lord here would absolve them from the sins of their preceding birth.
Since this is the place where Vasthu Sastra came into being, many devotees here carry their building plans and seek the blessings of the lord before starting to build their houses.
As planet Venus (Sukran) here has been freed from its curse, devotees believe that worshipping the lord here would eliminate barriers from their marriage proposals.
Thirukkovilur is often used as a place of relief for those possessed by evil spiritsto .