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Sri Vaidyanathaswami temple
Moolavar: Vaidyanathaswami
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sundarambikai, Balambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Palm tree
  Theertham: Kollidam, Lakshmi, Sivaganga
  Agamam / Pooja : Kamya Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Mazhuvadi
  City: Thirumazhapadi
  District: Ariyalur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Sundarar.He addresses the Lord saying that whom he would think of after seeing his gold skinned Lord, clad in tiger skin,  kondrai flowers spreading fragrance from His head, with lightning bright hair, the crescent moon, his King, and a precious gem blessing the world from Mazhapadi.This is the 54th Lord Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The wedding of Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva took place here.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Vaidyanathaswami Temple, Tirumazhapadi, Ariayalur dist.  
  +91 4329 243282,9790085702, 9750302325 
 General Information:
  Lord Ganapathi graces the devotees as Lord Sundara Vinayaka.  The place is also known as Tirumazhuvadi.
  Those suffering from severe diseases, bathe in the sacred spring and pray to Lord Vaidyanathaswami.
Thanks giving:
  Those suffering from high temperature offer boiled rice with rasam as nivedhana to Lord Jura Haraharar in the temple. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  There are two Ambika shrines – Balambika and Sundarambika.  The wedding of Nandhi is celebrated on the Panguni Punarvasu star day in March-April.  It is believed that those who attend this festival will get married soon, hence there will be more youths of both sex of marriageable age attending the festival.  Lord Somaskanda made of a single stone graces from a separate shrine.  In the shrine of Lord Brahmma in the temple, there are four Nandis representing the four Vedas.    There are two Lord Dakshinamurthi shrines and a shrine for Mother Katyayini.
The temple is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.  There are three pits between Lord Shiva and Nandhi which devotees consider as Navagrahas, light Deepas and pray.  Sage Markandeya grants darshan in the temple on Vaikasi Visakam Star day holding a Mazhu-a battle axe-like weapon.
Hence, the place is named Mazhuvadi.
  Temple History:
  Sage Siladha, a resident of Tiruvaiyaru performed penance on Lord Shiva seeking child boon.  A voice spoke to the sage telling him that his wish could be realized if he conducts the Puthrakameshti Yajna and he would get box with a child while tilling the land for the yagna.  He was advised to bring up the child having longevity of just 16 years only.  Siladha found the box and on opening it, found a child with 3 eyes, 4 shoulders and crescent moon adoring the head.  Struck by a shock, he closed the box and opened again and found a child in normal human form.  He named the child Japesar.
Japesar reached the age of 14 leaving just two years to complete the destined term of life.  The sage was very sad.  Knowing his father’s agony, Japesar started penance by standing on one leg on the Ayana Theertha tank in Tiruvaiyaru.  The creatures of the tank slowly began to consume him.  Japesar was not deterred by the danger.  Lord Shiva, moved by his penance, cured him completely and granted a long life.  Later, Japesar was married to Suyasambikai in Tirumazhapadi.  Japesar continued his penance even after the marriage and was rewarded with a position as the chief of Shiva Ganas and further elevated as the first security chief at the first gate of Kailash and was named as Nandhi Deva.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy.
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