Temple's Speciality:

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Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. Sun God dedicates his puja to Lord through his rays on the Shivalinga on 15, 16 and 17 in Aavani month (August–September). During the Uthirayana half year in the month of Panguni (March–April) Rising Sun worships Lord Shiva on 25, 26 and of the month. It is noteworthy that drops of water fall on the Lord from the Vimana every 20 minutes. This is a miracle still happening. Planet Jupiter is in a shrine between Lord and Mother.




North East






Yellow Sapphire





Other Names

Brihaspati (in Sanskrit) Jupiter (in English) Jeev, Vachaspati, Suri, Devamntri, Devpurohit

Mount (Vahana)





16 Years



Thala Virutcham

Mullai, Ven Shenbagam, Shevvandhi


Chakkara theertham

Amman / Thayar

Ulaga Nayaki Ammai

Age of Temple

1000–2000 years old






Tamil Nadu


Sri Vasishteswarar Temple, Thenkudithittai–612 206, Thanjavur district.

Phone No:+91-4362 252 858, 94435 86453.

Opening Time:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


Transit day of planet Jupiter from one zodiac sign to the next with special pujas, Poornima day (Full moon day) in the month of Chithirai (April–May), Thai poosam in January–February, Panguni Uthiram in March–April and Car festival for Lord Dakshinamurthy are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple History:

Thittu in Tamil means a place in higher levels. During a pralaya period, the world was inundated with water. The boat powered by the Ohm Mantra carrying Lord and Mother stopped at a Thittu. This Thittu is Sirkali also called Thonipuram.

Of the 28 holy places Lord Shiva loved in days prior to the Pralaya, 26 were submerged in water. The remaining two are Sirkaly and Thenkudi Thittai. During the Pralaya the sound OHM came out from Sirkali. In Thenkudi Thittai the sound OHM emerged along with other mantra sounds. Hence, this place is known as Gnana Medu the wisdom spot and as Thenkudi Thittai. Sirkali is known as Vadakudi Thittai.

Greatness Of Temple:

Thittai in Tamil means wisdom spot. Human body has six bases–Mooladhara, Swadishtana, Manipuraka, Anagatha, Visuddhi and Aangna activating the life. Lord Muruga ensures the benefits of these Aadharas to his devotees with final benefit of enlightenment placing them ever in bliss. Lord Muruga is the Moolamurthi here with His body as Thenkudi and bliss as Thittai – Thenkudi Thittai.

Sun God worships Lord Vasishteswara through his rays on Aavani 15, 16 and 17 and again on Panguni in the Utharayana half year on 25, 26 and 27 as Rising Sun. Surya Puja is performed during these days in the temple.It is a still a miracle in the temple that drops of water fall on Lord Vasishteswara every 20 minutes from the Vimana. There are five Lingas in the temple representing the Pancha Bhoodas –Earth, Space, Water, Fire and Vayu the wind.

This is one of the holy places with Jupiter–Guru significance. Guru Bhagwan graces here from a separate shrine in a standing posture showing his sense of haste to rush to the rescue of His devotees. It is also said that those praying to Guru Bhagwan will be blessed with high eloquent and oratorical skills.Students pray here for attaining excellence in their studies.