Presiding deity : Evvulkidanthan
Perumal : Veeraraghavan
Mother Goddess: Kanagavalli
Holy spring : Hrudhapathani
Vimanam (Tower) : Vijayakodi
Vanam (Forest) : Veesharanyam
Reputation : Divyadesam
Place : Thiruvallur
Scriptural name: Evvalur
District : Thiruvallur
Veeraraghavar the physician. Those suffering from incurable diseases, stomach pain, pain in the hands and legs, fever are cured if the patient devotee visit the Lord for three new moon days (Amavasya). Devotees come here for marriage finalization, children and for relief from hardships and for prosperity.
Prayer commitments: Devotees offer Angavastram known as upper shawl. This has to purchase in the temple office only as this would not be available in outside shops. The price is Rs. 300 each. People also put gold or silver sheets bearing the figures of Gods, Abishek also is offered. Nivedhanas are offered and distributed to visiting devotees. 9 yards silk saree is offered to Mother Goddess as a prayer commitment. For the cure of some boils and prickly heat problems people dissolve milk and jaggery in the tank here and place salt and pepper in the temple mandap.
The main prayer commitment taken up in the temple is offering the shawl to the Lord, available only in the temple office at a cost of Rs. 300. This is the main commitment here.
Thiruvallur is a very important Divyadesam in the Thondaimandalam region. The water in the tank is considered more sacred than that of Ganga. A dip in the tank relieves the devotee even from sins he committed by mind though not in action.
Aarukala Puja (6 time puja) system is followed in the temple. There is a mention about this temple in Markandeya Purana. Abishek to the Lord is done only in sandalwood oil. The deity is in a lying position on a stage of 15.5 feet height. There are also shrines for Lakshmi Narasimhar and Chakarathazhwar in this temple. Known for its antiquity. The temple was built during the Pallavas period.
Thiruvallur Veeraraghavaswami temple 1s 50 kms from Chennai, 50 from Kancheepuram, and 40 from Tambaram. The devotees can stay in the lodges in Thiruvallur, the charges ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300. Bus facilities are available to Thiruvallur from Chennai, Tambaram, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram. The temple is in the heart of Thiruvallur. Nearest railway station is Thiruvallur and airport Chennai.
10 days Brahmmotsavam in the Tamil month of Thai (January-February), 10 days Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai (April-May), 7 days Pavithra Utsavam, New moon day in Thai, Vaikunda Ekadasi, Tamil and English New Year days, Deepavali, Pongal also are celebrated. The crowd will be more during Saturdays.
Thirumazhisai Azhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar and Sri Vedanta Desika had sung in praise of Veeraghava Perumal in their Mangalasasanams.
Sage Salihodrar performed penance for one year near the tank in the temple. After completing the pujas in the month of Thai, in the evening, he prepared some food, offered it to the Lord and was about to eat after giving a share to one. An old man appeared before him and asked him some food. The sage gladly offered a share but it was not enough for him. The sage gave the whole quantity to him gladly. The sage then prepared himself for the next year penance. The same story occurred again. After taking the food completely, the old guest wanted to go for a sleep and asked the host sage Evvul (where) he gave the old man his space and found that the old man was none other than the Lord Himself sleeping in his beautiful divine form. The Lord asked what the sage wanted. The sage sought a boon that the Lord should not leave the place and grace the devotees fulfilling their desires. The Lord obliged and the temple of Veeraghavaswami came up in Thiruvallur.