Virudhachalam Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The first Prahara is called Kailasa Prahara. The Tirtha is said to have been created by Lord Vishnu with his disc (Chakra). In the North-west corner of the Prahara is the Agama Koil, Lord Muruga is said to have worshipped the Twenty-eight Agamas here, converting them into a Linga.
Virudhachalam Temple History
The Sthala Vruksha is the Vanni tree. As per the Legends, that this is the Kalpaka tree which came to the Earth from the Heaven to worship the Lord. The Sthala Purana give an interesting account of the place. It confirms the antiquity of the place for here it is associated with the origin of the world. Brahma first created water, it was then that Lord Vishnu killed the Madhu-Kaidapas. Their gigantic Limbs together and convert them into the Earth. Lord Siva appeared before Brahma in the form of a mountain. Brahma did not understand the miracles of Lord Siva and started creating many mountains himself but there was no space left for them. Then Brahma realised the manifestation of Siva and worshipped the mountain and the Lord pleased with his prayers and then created the world. Then it is that Lord Siva told the mountain form he assumed was for the good of the world, it is the holiest and the first of mountains and that those who worshipped the Pazhamalai (Ancient mountain) would attain salvation.
How to reach Virudhachalam Temple?
- The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 127 km away from the temple.
- The nearest railway station is at Neyveli which is 17 km away.
- The Direct bus is available from major cities of TamilNadu.
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Reference Link: Temple History