Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva seen generally within the tower side, is outside the tower in this temple.
Sri Akashapureeswarar Temple, Kaduveli,
Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district.
Phone: +91 96267 65472, 94434 47826
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.On Pooradam star days, the temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Aippasi Annabishekam in October-November, Thai Poosam in January-February, Shivrathri in February-March, Navrathri in September-October and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
This is the sacred soil that gave birth to Kaduveli Siddhar. Kaduveli means open space. He taught people wisdom he learnt. He performed penance for darshan of Lord Shiva. The Lord appeared before him and gifted skills in Siddhis – an art of 8 branches known as Ashama Siddhis.
The temple was built by a Chola king. Of the elements covering the earth – Akash–space, Vayu–wind, Agni-fire, Appu-water and Prithvi–Earth, this temple is dedicated to Akash, hence the Lord is known as Akashpureeswarar. The king named the place after the Siddha – Kaduveli.
Lord Akashapureeswarar is the authority on Pooradam star. As Mother grants all prosperity and happiness (Mangalam), She is praised as Mangalambikai – Mother of prosperity. It is believed that all the deities in the space and Vasthu Bhagwan worship Lord Akshapureeswarar on Pooradam days. Devotees worship the Lord with all cosmetic substances. The temple did not have the idol of Kaduveli Siddhar earlier.