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Sri Veerabadrar temple
 
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Moolavar: Veerabadra – Rajarayudu
  Urchavar: Kalyana Veerabadrar
  Amman / Thayar: Badrakali
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Mandavya Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Veera Saiva Agama
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Rajaveedu
  City: Rayachoti
  District: Kadapa
  State: Andhra Pradesh
 
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 Festival:
     
  Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  It is a wonder in the temple that the rays of Sun fall on Lord Veerabadra for five days in the month of March. The rays fall on the feet of the Lord on the first day and go upward each day and touch the face on the fifth day.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Veerabadra Swami Temple, Rayachoti – 516 269, Kadappa district, Andhra Pradesh.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 8561 - 250 307, 98854 79428, 94410 12682. 
    
 General Information:
     
  Lord Veerabadra and Mother Badrakali grace the devotees from a palanquin each Monday.  Those aspiring leadership positions perform abishek to Lord Verabadra and dress Him as hero on a horse.  A fee of Rs. 450 is charged for this puja.  Those facing skin diseases place a coconut at the feet of Lord and consume the water and also apply it on the skin for cure.  Lord Veerabadra is praised as Rajarayudu meaning Supreme Leader.  While only Shivalinga Bana is seen above the Avudayar in temples, Lord Shiva appears on the Avudayar in full real form.  Hence, He is called Avudai Shiva.  There are also shrines for Lords Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava, Shanmugha, Twin Lingas, Agora Shiva, Ellamman, Navagrahas the nine planets.  The temple has a three tier Rajagopuram.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray for fearlessness and peace of mind without any confusion.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. They also offer sweet pudding –sarkarai pongal nivedhana. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  This is a temple for Lord Veerbadra with a tall tower.  Daksha appears in worshipping form near the Lord in the sanctum sanctorum.  The Shivalinga worshipped by Sage Mandavya is right of the Lord.  First puja is dedicated to the Shivalinga and then to Lord Veerabadra.  During morning hours Lord appears in Bala rupa-youth- and as a hero with a moustache in evening hours.  As in Lord Vishnu temples, here too Sadari blessing with the lotus feet of the Lord is offered to devotees.  Betel leaf is the prasada in the temple.
Sri Nandeeswarar blesses from a shrine with Vimana outside the Rajagopuram.  Opposite the shrine of Lord Veerabadra there are two Nandhis-Veera Nandhi and Shiva Nandhi for Lords Veerabadra and Shiva.  They are just a little away from the sanctum sanctorum.  There is also a Nandhi before Ambica Badrakali.
Spilling the rice:  Following Shivrathri pujas in February-March, Brahmmotsavam is celebrated for 11 days in the temple.  Killing of Daksha event takes place on the eighth day.  A quantity of 365 measures of rice is cooked with pumpkins and other preparations as Athirasam and roots.  It is heaped as a hill.  They spill it throughout the place with the sword of Lord Veerabadra violently as the yaga sala of Daksha was ransacked by Veerabadra according to the puranic story.  This rice is offered as Prasad.  During this event, Lord Veerabadra will have the forehead eye as Lord Shiva
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  Daksha organized a yagna without inviting Lord Shiva purposely to humiliate Him.  Angry Shiva sent Veerabadra to destroy the yagna and Daksha.  Veerabadra was very furious.  Meantime, Sage Mandavya was on penance on Lord Shiva seeking Veerabadra Darshan.  Veerabadra granted darshan to the sage in His fury form.  Sage begged Ambica to soften Him.  Ambica appeared as Badrakali and cooled Him down.  Sage further requested them to stay in the place of his penance.  That place is now called Royachoti.  A king built the temple later.  
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The rays of Sun fall on Lord Veerabadra for five days in March. Beginning from the feet of the Lord, the rays go upward each day and finally touch Lord’s face on the fifth day.
 
     
 
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