'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Arulmigu Vaacheeswara temple – Thirupachur

The Lord performs ' Thiruvilaiyadal' to drive home the truth that everyone is rewarded or punished for their good and bad deeds. Our elders have also reiterated this truth based on their own experiences. Our 'puranas' and 'ithihaasaas' say that devotion and belief in God is a must for everyone to lead an unpolluted and straight life.

History of the temple

The temple is located in Thirupachur, situated at 7 km distance from the Thiruvallur railway station. Thiruvallur is situated at 50 km distance from Chennai. As the temple is situated on the Thiruvallur-Thirutani bus route, devotees can reach the temple by bus. The presiding deity of this beautiful temple is Sri Vacheeswara. Hundreds of years ago, the place had remained a forest thick with bamboo trees. The word 'Pachu' means bamboo in Tamil. Once, when some people were hunting in the forest, they saw a cow showering milk from its udder on something. When they dug the spot, they found a Sivalinga there. The Chola king Karikaaala came to know about this incident and built the temple here. A race, called Kurumba was giving lot of trouble to the king. Samanas, who supported these people tried to even kill the king through snake-bite. The king prayed at this sthala to protect him from these people. The Lord destroyed the snake and saved the king from the scheming Kurumbas. The hunters used axes to dig the spot and one of the axes hit the head portion of the lingam. Even today, the scar is seen on the lingam. The term 'Vaasi' means axe in Tamil and it is believed that the deity at this sthala got the name Vacheeswara because of this term.

Stone inscriptions

In total, sixteen stone inscriptions have been found at the place of the sthala. It is learnt from these inscriptions that the place was called Thirupachur. The place has been described as belonging to Thondaimandala.

Architecture

Lord Siva accepted Parvathy, a staunch devotee of Him as His sweetheart at this sthala. Usually, in Sivalayas, Ambal sannidhi would be located to the left of the sanctum of the Lord. But here, Ambal has been portrayed to the right, facing the east. The sanctum of Vacheeswara is also facing the east. Worship service is offered to the Lord only after it is done to Ambal. On entering the temple, we see Lord Vinayaka. Eleven statues of Vinayaka in various sizes are kept as a group. The Vinayaka group is called Ekadasa Vinayaka. Ekadasa means eleven in Sanskrit. The sthalapurana' says that Lord Vishnu got redemption from His dosha by worshipping Siva here after bathing in the temple tank Somatheertha. The idol of Lord Siva is so beautiful that it captivates the mind of one and all. A Sri Chakra has been established by Adi Shankara before the idol of Siva. Daily pujas are conducted to the chakra. At the prahara, we see sannidhis of Subrahmanya, Somaskanda and the Navgrahas. Sri Dakshinamoorthy sannidhi is located as a separate sannidhi, facing the south. At the 'goshta' of the sanctum, Lingothbhavamoorthy has been portrayed facing the west.

At the northern prahara, Sri Vishnu Durga, Sri Veerabhadra and Sri Sornabhairava can be seen. The sthala and its deity have the glory of having been praised and sung by Thirunavukkarasar, Thirugnanasambhanda and Ramalinga Vallalar. The urchav mandap at the outer prahara is used for occasions like Swami 'purappadu'. Ambal had worshipped the Lord here. Also great sages including Bringirishi, Romarishi, Bharadwaj, Kashyap, Vasishta, Narada, Sugar, Viswamitra and Vyasa and great souls like Mankandeya and Abhimanyu had worshipped here. The temple has two tanks , Somatheertham and Mangalatheertham. The sthalavritcha is bamboo tree. Visit this beautiful temple and have 'darshan' of the benevolent Lord Sri Vacheeswara and be blessed.