Vaitheeswaran Temple is also called as Pullirukkuvelur .It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the God Shiva located in Tamil Nadu, India.
Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the "God of healing" and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases.
It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka). The village is also known for palm leaf astrology called Naadiastrology in Tamil.
It is located 7 kilometers from Sirkazhi, 235 kilometers from Chennai, 27 km from Chidambaram, 110 km from Thanjavur and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai.
The holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex contains nectar, and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.
The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of 7th-century Saiva nayanars - Tamil saint poets and is also classified as a Paadal Petra Sthalam (temple revered by the nayanars).
Vaitheeswaran Temple is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka).
During the Ramayana period, Rama, Lakshmana and Saptarishi have worshipped the deity in this place.
It is believed that Rama and his brother Lakshmana cremated the vulture king Jatayu who was killed by Ravana when he tried to prevent the abduction of Sita) at this place.
There is a pond at this temple called Jatayu kundam (pot of Jatayu having holy ash of Vibhuti).
Devotees take a holy dip in the temple tank before worshipping Vaitheeswaran in the temple. It is also a local belief that dissolving jaggery (Tamil:vellam) in the waters cures skin diseases.
Tonsure ceremony of getting children shaved for the first time to promote proper growth is a very common practice.
Mavilaku ma (litting lamp in rice cakes) is a form of worship practiced. The practice of jamming salt and pepper in front of the temple mast and the pot near the temple tank is also followed.