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Vedaranyam Temple

 Vedaranyam is situated about 58-km from Nagappattinam near Tiruvarur. It is one of the 64 Sakti Peethas ("Sundara Peetha") of India and it is also one of the 7 Saptavitanka Shrines special to Tyagarajar - associated with the Mucukunda Chola legend.

Inscriptions belonging to the period of Chola, Vijayanagar and Maratha can be seen in the temple. It is a vast temple abounded by cultural wealth and the structure of temple resembles to that of the Tiruvarur temple. The temple faces the east and is at a slightly lower level when compared with the town.  

The temple has pillared halls with interesting images, Yaalis with stone irremovable - rolling pillars in their mouths; images of the 12 zodiac signs and the 27 asterisms are some of the interesting features here. Within the temple, in the southeast lies the famous Manikarnika extending to about an acre with Mandapam built of bricks on the east and west. A wall of granite stones with Gopurams surrounds the temple. There are at present only two Prakarams inside the ramparts


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