Thiruvenkadu Budhan Temple - Tamilnadu
The Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar temple is a very ancient temple where the presiding deity is called Swetharanyewarar and His consort is called Brahma Vidhyambigai. It is believed that the God of Creation Lord Brahma, Lord Indhra and His White Elephant had visited this temple and worshipped the Deity. There is yet another shrine for Lord Agora Moorthy who is another incarnation of Lord Shiva. Agora Moorthy is believed to have destroyed the demon Padmasuran.
Greatness of Tample:
This temple is one of the Navagraha Temples where Lord Budhan is worshipped. Budhan is the symbol of intelligence, wisdom and peace. Devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship Lord Budhan. They offer white colored clothes and cereals and pray to the God to protect them from all planetary transitions.
The temple Bull is seen with nine holes in its body correlating to the history that happened when the demon Surapadman came to fight with Lord Shiva here. At that time, Nandi the Bull interfered and got injured. Because of this, Lord Shiva became furious and took the incarnation of Agora Moorthy to destroy the demon. This temple is also called as theVaranasi of South.
A ten days long festival called Chariot Festival is celebrated during the Tamil month Thai which falls during Mid-January to Mid- February. The fifth day of this festival is so very significant that special poojas and rituals are carried out for Agora Moorthy.
Nearby Tourist Attractions:Poombuhar Beach, Silappathikara Art Gallery, Town Gateway.
You can reach Thiruvenkadu Budhan Koil by travelling a distance of 12km from Sirkazhi or 26kms from Mayiladuthurai. From Kumbakonam, the temple is at a distance of 60km.
By Rail:The nearest railway station is at Mayiladuthurai. You can prefer to travel by road from either Tanjore or Kumbakonam railheads.
By Air:The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli. From there, you can reach the temple in less than three and a half hours.
Opening time:From 6 A.M. to 12.00 P.M
4.00 P.M. to 9.00 P.M.
Closing time:12.00 PM - 04.00 PM