Swetharanyeswarar Temple Thiruvenkadu Tamilnadu

Swetharanyeswarar Temple at Thiruvenkadu, the fourth Navagraha sthalam of the 9 Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu, is the abode for Bhudhan or Bhuda (planet Mercury). Thiruvenkadu Bhudha Sthalam is located near Poompuhar, around 10 km from Sirkazhi, 24 km east of Mayuram and 59 km from Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva as Swedharanyeshwarar and Goddess Parvati as Brahma Vidya Nayaki Ambal (Brahmavidyanayaki). Swetharanyeswarar Temple enshrines a separate sanctum sanctorum for Bhudhan or Bhudan, one the nine Navagrahas and the bestower of wisdom and wealth.

Temple History

The name Thiruvenkadu, also spelled Thiruvengadu, means ‘sacred white forest’ (Ven means white and Kadu means forest). It is said that this place was surrounded by thick forests on all sides and when seen from a distance, it looked white, and hence the name. In Sanskrit it is known as Swetaranyam (Swetam means white and Aranyam means forest). The place also bears various names such as Jnana-aranya, (forest of wisdom), Patala Kailas and Aadi Chidambaram.

It is said that the Lord performed seven of His dances - Tandavam - known as Ananda, Sandhya, Samhara, Tripuranta, Urdhva, Bhujanga and Lalita.

Swetharanyeswarar Temple Thiruvenkadu Tamilnadu


Worship to Lord Shiva's fiery form Aghoramurthy is considered to be of great importance especially on Sunday nights.

Budhan is the planetary ruler for knowledge, music, astrology, Maths, sculpting, medicine and language skills. Wednesdays are very auspicious to Budha and offering pooja on that day is believed to rectify any Budhan Dhosham in horoscope. Budha is attired in green and can be offered with green moong dhal, white kanthal flower and green cloth.

Thiruvenkadu Temple Festivals

The most important festival is the float festival which is celebrated on the last day of 12 day celebrations in the Tamil month of Maasi (February - March).

Temple Timings

The temple is opened from 6 AM to 12.00 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM

How to reach Swetharanyeswarar Temple at Thiruvenkadu

Swetharanyeswarar Temple is situated 23 kilometers away from Mayiladuthurai, on the Sirkali – Poompuhar linking road. The temple is 10 km from Sirkazhi and 59 km from Kumbakonam.

Shiyali Railway Station, Thanjavur is the nearest railway station, about 9 km from the temple. Thiruvenkadu is accessible by road from Vaitheeswaran Koil railway station and Semponnar Koil railway station as well.

Nearby Attractions

Naganathar Temple, known as the Kethu Navagraha Sthalam, is located at Keezhperumpallam, around 6 km from Thiruvenkadu. Thiruppallavaneeswaram Temple and Valampuranathar Temple at Melapperumpallam is also located close to Poompuhar. Pullirukkuvelur Vaitheeswaran Koil (Sevvai Sthalam) and Sirkazhi Bhramapureeswarar Temple are just a few minutes drive from the temple.

Picture Courtesy - Rajesh CK - Picassa


  1. can you please print a road map to travel the navagrahas say from Mayavarm or Kumbhakkonam. The planets be named in English instead the tamil transalation. This will help non tamil travellers also.

  2. would also like to know the details of archanas, abhisheka timings and other offereings to bhudha bhaghavan.

  3. Sure I'll be adding the route map for the Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu soon.

    I thought to add it after posting all the nine Navagraha Temples information. I've already posted the first seven Navagrah temples information here


    Will add the route map after that.

    Regarding the Archanas & Abhisheka timings, I'll try to include as much information available



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