This temple located in Puducherry is one of the Paadal Petra Sthalams praised by Gnanasambandar. This is beautiful temple under the control of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and has several inscriptions dating back to the period of Parantaka Chola and other great Chola kings like Rajaraja Chola, Rajendra Chola and Kulothunga Chola.
As per the legend, the demon Mundasuran got a boon from Lord Shiva so that he will be protected from death due to devas and other lords. Because of this boon, the demon started waging wars with devas including Brahma and defeated them. They prayed to Lord Shiva for help and He instructed Vadugabhairava to kill the demon. He slayed the demon and in order to alleviate the sin of killing the demon, Bhairava prayed to Lord in this shrine. The place itself came be to known as Vadugur after the Bhairava’s name but the current name for this place is Thiruvandarkoil.
This temple is located on the Villupuram – Villianur – Puducherry Highway, after crossing the Tamil nadu border within 3 kms in Puducherry the temple can be reached.
Open from 6 am to 10 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm every day.
Lord Siva: Panchanatheeswarar, Vadugeeswarar
Ambal (Goddess): Thirupurasundari, Vaduvagirkanni