Popularly known as the Eashwaran Koil, the Vedhapureeswara Temple is consecrated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Majestically towering over the busy Mahatma Gandhi Road, the colourful ‘gopuram’ tells countless stories from Hindu mythology. This beautiful temple is a fine example of a classic South Indian Temple and a must-visit. The temple always has a crowd of devotees, especially on auspicious days.
In 1748, during Governor Dupleix's rule, the original temple - Vedapuri Iswaran Koil - was destroyed but rebuilt by Dubash Kandappa Mudaliar around 1788.
According to local legend, the idol worshipped is 'swayambu Linga' – meaning it materialised on its own in its current form. The idol was shifted to this temple from the Mission Street Samba Easwaran Temple 100 years ago. There is a special temple for Lord Dakshinamurthy within this temple premises along with the shrine of Lord Muruga whose adulations were sung by Sri Ramalinga Swamigal in his hymns.
Veda Pureeswarar Temple
Vedapureeswarar Varadaraja Perumal Nagar, Puducherry, 605009, India
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