|There is an
imposing idol of Goddess Durga at the northeastern comer of the temple, devoutly
worshipped by the people. This is made of black granite out of a single stone. At the
pedestal there is the head of a buffalo. The Goddess has eight hands, holding different
weapons of destruction and blessing like Sankha, Chakra, Bow and arrow, Sword, and Dagger.
On the left hand is a parrot and the mood of benediction is shown by the right hand.
The idols have all been well carved. There are a number of paintings and drawings, which
are worth seeing. The most important of these are those of the 63 Nayanmars, Nataraja
dancing, Kalasamharamurti, Chandrasekharamurti, Dakshinamurti, Veerabhadraswami,
Gajasamharamurti, Mahavishnu in the company of Sri Devi and Bhu Devi, and Sri Rama.
In all Siva temples of the South, Chandikeswara is an import-Ant deity, but in Vedaranyam
temple not only Chandikeswara, but also his consort Chandikeswari, are placed together,
which is very peculiar.