The Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar temple is a very ancient temple where the presiding deity is called Swetharanyewarar and His consort is called Brahma Vidhyambigai. It is believed that the God of Creation Lord Brahma, Lord Indhra and His White Elephant had visited this temple and worshipped the Deity. There is yet another shrine for Lord Agora Moorthy who is another incarnation of Lord Shiva. Agora Moorthy is believed to destroy the demon Padmasuran.


Budhan Sthalam is one of the navagraha temples. The planets are believed to influence the horoscope computed based on time of one's birth and subsequently influence the course of life.


The Sanskrit World Swetha means White,Which is called 'Ven(mai)' in Tamil.Aaranyanam is forest known as 'kaadu' in tamil.Hence, lord shiva who resides in this place referred to as white forest has come to be called "Swetha Aaranya Eswarar"


His consort Parvati is depicted as Brahmavidyambigai. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam


From the stone inscriptions found inside this temple, it can be seen that the earlier Chola kings Aditya Chola and Rajaraja Chola made a lot of contributions to this temple. There are several shrines of significance in this well visited temple, including those to Durga and Kali. The image of Natarajar here is of great beauty. Worship to Aghoramurthy (Veerabhadrar) is said to be of significance on Sunday nights in this temple. As found in Chidambaram, there is also a shrine for Lord Vishnu near the shrine for Natarajar.



Thiruvanandal 08.00 a.m
Kaala Santhi 09.00 a.m
Uchi Kaalam 12.00 a.m


Vaikasi Visagam

Vaikasi Visagam celebrated during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May - June), Aaadi Mulaikattu festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Aadi (August - September), Navaratri during the Tamil month of Purattasi (September - October) and Aipasi Kolattam festival during the Tamil month of Aipasi (October - November)are the most prominent festivals celebrated in the temple. There are other common festivals like Shivaratri, Vinayaga Chaturthi, Vijayadasami and Karthigai Deepam celebrated in the temple.[6] There are many festivals which are being celebrated in this village.

Arudra Dharisanam

Arudra Dharisanam in the Tamil month of Markazhi (Dec-Jan) and “Laksharchanai” to Lord Agoramurthy in the Tamil month of Panguni (Mar-Apr). Special poojas called “Agorapoojai” are performed during midnight on the third Sunday in the Tamil month of Karthigai (Nov-Dec) to Lord Agoramurthy, There is a festival in the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May-June) to celebrate the incident of Iraavadham (Lord Indra’s white elephant) getting relief from his curse. In the Tamil month of Aadi (Jul-Aug), there is a festival to celebrate the legend of Saint Pattinathar receiving “Shiva Deeksha” from Lord Shiva.

Chariot festival at Thiruvengadu

The temple follows Saivite tradition. The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Shaivaite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Kalasanthi at 8:30 a.m., rendamkalam at 10:30 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:30 p.m., Sandi at 6:00 p.m., and Sayarakshai between 8:00 - 8:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Swetharanyeswarar and Brahmavidyambigai