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Sri Devaraja Maha Sastha temple
 
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Moolavar: Devaraja Maha Sastha
  Urchavar: Only a Horse
  Amman / Thayar: Poorana, Pushkala
  Thala Virutcham: Neem Tree (Vembu)
  Theertham: Deva Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kaarana Agama system
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Ayikkudi
  City: Aikudi
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 each year, last Tuesday of Chithirai Tamil month, Poornima days (full moon days) are the days of festival in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Veeran is the custodian deity of the place. Sastha is the Kuladevatha – family deity of many Tamils now living abroad.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Address: Sri Devaraja Maha Sastha Temple, Mukundanur Post, Kudavasal Taluk, Aikudi, Tiruvarur-613 70.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 94884 15137, 94439 46137 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The temple has a number of deities in all directions.  The Theerthakulam is opposite the western entrance.  Peddaranasami and Pechi Amman in the north, Rakkaperumal in the south with Aswarajan on the opposite side, Uthandarayar in the north grace the devotees.  Presiding deity Devaraja Sastha, in his own shrine with a Vimana of 3 Kalasas, with consorts Poorana and Pushkala is facing west.  The Balipeeta and the elephant are on the east.  The holy tree is at the centre. Veeran is outside facing east Peddanathasami, Gananatha, Irulan, Sathi and Pathi and Pechi Amman are facing south.  Aswath Rajan and Raghava Perumal are on the west.  Thoondilkaran is facing north.  Vazhikarayan is facing east.   There are 3 types of Maha Mandaps in the temple to accommodate 1000 devotees at a time.  The antiquity of the temple is believed to be between 500 and 1000 years.  The consecration of the temple was performed in the year 2011.

 
     
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray to Sastha on each Poornima day for relief from black magic effects.  It is also believed that joining in the Chithirai month (April-May) pujas would reward the devotees with all prosperity.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Realizing their wishes, devotees contribute corns and grains, live goats, cattle, cock etc. to the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The temple is surrounded by green pleasant fields.  Sastha is the Kuladevatha for a large number of Tamilians living in France, London and other countries.  All of them throng the temple during festival days.  There are also temples on all directions of this temple.  The temples of Lord Kailasanathar and Lord Valampuri Vinaya add more importance to this Sastha temple.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The village is 13 km west of Tiruvarur considered as the principal centre of Saivite philosophy and is believed to be 1000 years old.  48 evil deities had worshipped Sastha in this temple and got relieved from the effects of their evil deeds and curses.  Lord Devaraja Swami (Deivaranga Peruman) assumed this name as the great three Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva also performed pujas here.   Those who had left for other countries visit this place during festivals.   Though the temple is under the control of the HR & CE of the Government of Tamilnadu, it is noteworthy that the temple was constructed from the funds contributed by those praising Sastha as their family deity – Kuladevatha.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Veeran is the custodian deity of the place. Lord Sastha is the Kuladevatha of the natives, presently living abroad.
 
     
     
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