Mayiladuthurai Mayuranathar Temple

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 Significances:

  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • One of the six temples on the banks of Cauvery which are considered equivalent to Kasi.
  • It is considered that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi come here every year during the month of Iyppasi (Thula month) and take bath here. The “tula snanam” is highly popular.

Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Mayuranadhar with Abhayambkai ammai.

Legend:

  • Dakshayani (Parvathi devi) attended her father Daksha’s Yagnam (The Thiruppariyalur Veerattanam where the Daksha yagnam is believed to have been performed is about 10 kms from here) without an invitation and without obeying Shiva’s words to only get humiliated there. So Shiva asked her to take birth as peacock and penance here for the entire month of Iyppasi to reunite with Him. Later Shiva also took a peacock form, performed the Gowri Tandavam and united with Her. Hence the name Mayiladuthurai (Mayil in tamil means peacock). There are only two temples where Parvathi took the form of peacock and worshipped Shiva, the other one being Mylapore.
  • Also, all the devas who attended Dhaksha yagam worshipped Shiva here and got liberated from their sins.
  • It is considered that the place of Mayuram itself was created by Lord Brahmma who worshipped Lord Shiva here.
  • One of the six temples on the banks of Cauvery which are considered equivalent to Kasi. Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi became sinful and very ugly since people take bath in these rivers to wash off their sins. So, as per the advise of Kannuva muni, they all came to Mayuram during the Iyppasi month, took bath at the Cauvery and got their sins cleared off and got back their beauty. So it is considered very sacred to take bath at Cauvery here during the month of Iyppasi. Especially, the last day of Iyppasi, called “Kadaimugam” is considered the most sacred day to take bath here and get moksha.
  • A couple by name Nathasama and Anavidhyambihai came here to take bath during the “Kadaimugam” but by the time they arrived here it was too late. So they were very upset and prayed to Lord Shiva. The Lord appeared in their dream and said He will extend the sacred period to the next day and asked them to take bath before the sunrise. So the first day of Karthigai month before sunrise is called “Mudavan Muzhukku” and is considered as holy as “Kadaimugam”.

The Temple:
This is a vast temple with five praharams including the car streets and has many gopurams. The east facing rajagopuram has 9 tiers. Natarajar in the koshtam with Juradhevar near his foot is a rare appearance. Siva Chandikeswarar and Dejas Chandikeswarar are both present in the same shrine. Ashta lakshmis are present in the praharam. Mahavishnu is present in a separate shrine doing pooja to a lingam.
The entire temple excepting Murugar shrine is being maintained Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam and the Murugar shrine is being maintained by Dharmapuram Adheenam. Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on this Murugar.
Sambandhar & Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva.

Theertham: Rishaba theertham and Brahmma theertham.
Sthala vriksham: Mango tree

Our Roots – A monthly program in Hotel Sadhabishegam

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Roots is a monthly lecture program organized by Sarojini Ramalingam Trust. This program deals with the different topics such as the culture of Tamils, temples, sculptures, paintings and Tamil language in general to carry the tradition forward to the current generation and making them aware of the valor and intelligence of our ancestors who made this land great.

With the help of scholars in different verticals the monthly meeting takes different topics and explore the details by these experts in detail which is better than reading a hundred books on a particular subject in libraries. This monthly meet will be held every last Sunday in Hotel Sadhabishegam, Vaitheeswaran Koil.

The program started in the month of April, where the topic of discussion was Tanjore Temple. Eminent scholar who had done various researches regarding Tanjore, Mr. Kudavoil Balasubramnian talked about a lot of important information about the Tanjore Bragadeeshwara temple which was hidden in plain sight. The temple being one of the architectural wonder of Tamil King Raja Raja Chozhan still amazes the tourists and locals alike.

The second meeting held on the month of May discussed the birth, life and the service of Saint Ramanuja for Tamilnadu in the view of his 1000th birth anniversary this year. Mr. K. Mohan who is a retired school teacher and presently heading Gandhi Educational institution in Chennai shared his valuable knowledge on life and service of Saint Sri Ramanuja.

There are more interesting topics planned in the upcoming months regarding various interesting things in our culture and tradition. We request you to follow our FB page to be up to date with such happenings.

 

Transitions in Heyvilambi year

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After three years, in this tamil new year we are going to see the transition of all 9 planets including Rahu, Kethu and Sani. While continuing their planetary journey it is said that the Moon moves once in two and half days. Sun, Sukran and Budhan moves to different houses once in a month. Sevvai moves once in one and half months. The planet Jupiter or Guru moves once in a year, while Rahu and Kethu move to another house once in one and half years. Saturn moves from one Rashi to other once in two and half years. This Heyvilambi tamil year, we will see all these transitions happening within the time period of an year which happened three years ago.

Guru or Jupiter will transit from Kanni to Thula rasi on September 12th 2017. Sani moves from Thula Rasi to Vruchika Rasi on 20-06-2017 and again moves back to Thula Rasi on October 26, 2017 In the same way Rahu and Kethu transit on 17-08-2017. While Rahu comes back to Kadaka Rasi from Simmam, Kethu moves from Kumbam to Makaram.

The general prediction of this celestial movement is there will be enough financial prosperity for everybody. There will be celebrations and good happenings in the family. People who are married and expecting will be gifted with babies. The festivals in temple will happen as planned.

Please consult your astrologer about what these transits mean to you and book your stay in advance with us. We are just an hour travel away from all important Navagraha Sthalas. With our hospitality, we will make your stay enjoyable and also peaceful while you pray for your family well being.

Thirupampuram – Rahu Ketu Dhosha Nivarthi Sthalam

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Tirupampuram is one of the Devara Stalams.  The ancient name for this place is Seshapuri.  Lord Shiva is known as Pambupureeswarar or Seshapureeswarar or Pamburanathar.  It is believed that by visiting Thirupampuram one gets the worship benefits of visiting Thirunageswaram, Keezhaperumpallam and Kalahasthi.  This is a parihara sthalam for Rahu and Kethu.  All naga doshams are alleviated if one worships Lord Shiva here.  Rahu and Kethu are present here as a single physical entity. The consort of Lord Shiva in this east facing temple is Vandaar Poonguzhaliammai.  There are separate shrines for Aaadiseshan, Bhairavar, Bhramma, Malaiyeeswarar, Mahavishnu, Surya, and Saneeswaran.  The Sthala vruksham is Vanni and the theertham is Adishesha theertham.

The legend goes thus.  Once, Vinayakar was paying his respects to Lord Shiva.  Adhiseshan thought to himself that Vinayakar is paying respect to him also and felt proud about it.  Lord Shiva got angry with Adhiseshan and cursed that all the serpents to lose their power. Ashiseshan begged forgiveness and Lord Shiva directed him to worship Him on Mahashivarathri at Seshapuri.  Adhiseshan, Rahu, Kethu and all serpents worshipped Lord Shiva at Nageswarar temple in the morning, Thirunageswaram in the afternoon, Thirupampuram in the evening and Naganathan at Nagore in the night to be absolved of the effect of the curse and regained their lost power.  Adhiseshan, Rahu and Kethu are believed to follow the same worship method every Mahashivarathri.   There is a belief that following the same routine to worship at these four temples is of special importance.

It is said that since Adhiseshan and the serpents had worshipped at this temple, snakes are present in this temple.  On Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays the fragrance of Fragrant Screw pine or Jasmine is in the air in this temple and serpents are believed to be present within the temple premisesOn 26-5-2002 a snake had shed its skin on the Shiva Lingam here like a garland.  This is still preserved at the temple and can be seen at the Lord’s Sannidhi. Villagers here vouch that there has been no history of anybody being bitten by a snake in the vicinity of this village.

Thirupampuram lies closed to Hotel Sadhabishegam and can be reached in an hours time. People who are affected by Sarpa dhosha can find solace in this temple.

 

 

 

Advantage Sadhabishegam

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Our ancestors had developed a custom of pilgrimage, keeping in mind about the stress and restlessness people go through their work and family life. The pilgrimage is not only to travel and visit different temples but also it is a time of bonding between the family and passing the family traditions to one generation to another. This can be seen evidently in the Sixtieth Anniversary marriage functions that happen in Thirukadaiyur Amirthalingeswarar temple. The roles are reversed and the sons/daughters look proudly when their parents tie knot. And the parents tell stories and customs and about different temples their family used to visit to their children and encouraging the children to visit the same.

At Sadhabishegam, we understand this. This trip of bonding, peace and satisfaction should not be filled with mistakes and misunderstanding. If you choose Hotel Sadhabishegam as your hospitality partner when you take the pilgrimage to either Navagraha Sthalas or just to celebrate the Sixtieth Marriage of parents, we encourage you to talk to us. We are approachable through social media, website and also just a phone call away. We have spacious and airy rooms which are specially designed for family looking for a relaxed get away from their busy lives. We understand the need of cleanliness and hygiene when it comes to food and other things in case you are visiting temples back to back. Our experienced staff make sure that  your cleanliness is ensured.

The taste of our in-house restaurant is pretty popular among the tourists as well as local people. Most of the family celebrations in our locality has Hotel Sadhabishegam’s meal as a special attraction and fulfilling one. Our wonderful chef makes pure vegetarian dishes with varieties that is dissimilar to one day to other makes a mouth watering experience. We also help you pack your food when you go to day long trip to the temples that are around Sadhabishegam.

Speaking of temples, almost all Navagraha temples are closer to Hotel Sadhabishegam. We lie almost as a middle point to all Navagraha temples and we have a well furnished property in Vaitheeswaran Koil – A temple devoted to Sevvai. You can get help from our help desk to plan your trip to these temples. Follow this blog to know more about the different temples and their specialties.

In short, we encourage you to have a look at our facility photographs, blogs and general reviews from various sources. It is really important to have a peaceful time when you come to this part of the world to enjoy the old world charm and to the temples. We ensure that you don’t worry about anything and make you trip memorable.

Vaitheeswaran Koil – Things to Know.

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Vaitheeswaran Koil - Temple Tank

Pic Credit : Blessings on Net

The glory of the Lord of the temple is praised by a host of saints and pundits as Tirugnana Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Arunagirinathar, Kumara Guruparar, Chidambara Munivar, Ramalinga Adigal, Padikkasu Thambiran, Kalamega Pulavar and Vaduganatha Desikar of Darumapura Aadheenam.   This is the 16th Lord Shiva Temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram and Tirupugazh hymns.

10 day Thai month festival from Tuesday dedicated to Lord Selva Muthukuraswami (Muruga) with daily procession in January-February; 28 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam with abishek to Panchamurthi and procession; 6 day Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Vaikasi Mannabishek, Mandalabishek and monthly Kruthikas are grandly celebrated in the temple. The temple will be overflowing with devotee crowd on monthly Pradosha days. Deepavali, Makar Sankranthi, Tamil and English New Year Days are also celebrated in the temple with special pujas, abishek etc.

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple. The five towers – Gopurams of the temple are on a straight line. The Maragatha Linga (Emerald Linga) is very famous. There are two flag posts-Kodimaram before the presiding deity made of silver and gold. Navagrahas the nine planets are generally in the front side of the sanctum facing different directions in Shiva temples. Here they are behind the sanctum on a straight line obeying the presiding Lord blessing the devotees freeing them of their adverse aspects, it is believed.

The temple is protected by Lord Bhairava in the east, by Lord Veerabadra in the west, Lord Vinayaka in the south and Mother Kali in the north.  The temple with its five tier Rajagopuram is facing west.  The temple belongs to Darumapuram Aadheenam of Tiru Kayilaya Parambara – descendants of Kailash dynasty.

Devotees from all parts of South India throng the temple as Lord Vaidyanatha is the the Kula Devatha of many families.  People pray here for remedy from various ailments, boils, pimples and scars.  They get the special oil from the temple and apply them on the body.  As this is the place where Danvantri Siddha attained Samadhi, people pray here for relief from various ailments.

 

Also the sandal and sacred ash used in the Arthajama puja for Lord Muruga – Lord Selva Muthukumarswami, offered to devotees as Prasad is an effective medicine as experienced by devotees.  Praying to Lord Vaidyanatha brings mental peace and relief from hardships.  People pray here for employment opportunities, progress in trade and profession, promotions, wedding and child boons and relief from adverse planetary aspects.  Many consume the medicine offered in the temple

 

Devotees offer punugu a cosmetic paste, borneol (pachai Karpooram in Tamil) sandal, lime, rosewater and flowers to Lord Muthukumarswami for the Arthajama puja with milk rice nivedhana. They perform abishek with sandal and offer sari for Mother Thaiyal Nayaki. For Lord, they perform abishek with rice flour, turmeric powder, cosmetic powders and oil, milk, curd, sacred ash, rose water, green coconut, panchamirtha, lime fruit, honey, sandal etc. Devotees also undertake tonsuring. Ear boring ceremony is celebrated in the temple. They also light Maa Vilakku made of rice flour and ghee, offer mangal sutras and god symbols as a prayer commitment. They place salt, pepper and mustard and eye symbols made of silver in the Ambica shrine. Some devotees arrange Annadhanam-feeding. Distribute the nivedhanas to visiting devotees with usual abisheks etc. Some contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Many Siddhas in days of yore performed abishek to Lord of this place with nectar and gained many boons.  The nectar used for the abishek mixed with the holy spring.  18 theerthas are mixed in this tank which cures all diseases people suffer from.  When Sage Sadananda was performing penance here, he saw a snake trying to devour a frog.  As the incident disturbed his penance, he cursed them.  Since then, no snake or frog comes near this tank.

 

The place is also known as Pullirukkuvelur. Pul means Bird-here the eagle king Jatayu the noblest character in Ramayana in the service of Lord Sri Rama, Irukku the Rig Veda, Vel-Lord Muruga and Oor the place make the name Pul Irukku Vel Oor = Puulirukkuvelur.

 

The place is the headquarters of medical science that offers cure for 4448 diseases, it is said.  A medicine ball is made of the anthill sand, abishek water, veppilai the neem leaves and abishek sandal and abishek sacred ash.  Consuming this brings total relief for any disease.  Those suffering from skin problems get the punugu oil, apply it on their body for relief.  Lord Vaidyanatha cures not only the physical pains of the people but also cures them from the recurring disease of births and deaths.  He grants every wish of the people, jobs, wedding, children, mental peace, relief from planetary problems etc.  According to scriptures, worshipping Lord facing west brings the devotee the benefit of worshipping in 1000 Shiva temples.  Both Lord Aadhi Vaidyanatha in the entrance of the temple and the presiding deity Vaidyanatha are facing west.  Lord Muruga got His Vel weapon from this place only.  Lord Sri Rama worshipped here.

 

The place of Mars-Sevvai in the horoscope of a person decides his/her wedding prospectus and other living conditions.  Mars covers 7 years in one’s life.  For those facing adverse effects, special pujas are performed for solution of their problems.  People pray to Angaraka-Sevvai-Mars for success in land deals, freedom from debt burdens and joint pains in the body.  People do the prayers on Kruthika star days and Tuesdays undertaking fasting and performing abisheks offering clothing in red.

 

Jatayu Kundam-pit:  Jatayu the eagle engaged in the service of Lord Rama was killed when he prevented Ravana from abducting Mother Sita.  As requested by him, Sri Rama performed the last rites for the bird in the Vibuthi Gundam here.  A king, Veerasenan by name came here with his son suffering from tuberclosis , bathed in the theertha and offered sweet nivedhanas.  He consumed the nivedhana with his son.  His son was cured completely.

 

As a beloved son of Lord Vaidyanatha and Mother Thaiyal Nayaki, Lord Muruga in the temple is praised as Chella Muthukumaraswami – Chella-beloved.   The Prasad containing items used in the Arthajama Puja as described above is an effective medicine for various diseases devotees suffer from.  Lord Muruga enjoys all prominence in the temple. Hence all festivals are dedicated to Him.

 

Pujas to Lord and Mother are offered only after pujas to Lord Muruga.  A 10 day festival is celebrated in January-February beginning from Tuesday.  28 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in March-April.  Of the Navagrahas (9 planets) importance temples in the state, this belongs to Mars-Angaraka.  Lord Muruga is facing west.  A medicine prepared with sacred ash, anthill sand and oil is an effective medicine for leprosy.

 

Lord Muruga is always worshipping His divine Father and Mother in the temple.  While the Navagrahas are generally seen in the front side of the sanctum sanctorum, they are behind the presiding deity here.  Lord Rama had worshipped in this temple.  Mother Thaiyal Nayaki ensures the welfare of the children.  Planet Angaraka-Mars blesses the devotees on his Goat Vahan on Tuesdays.  Medical students pray here to pass their exams with distinction.

Dates to remember on 2017

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Many may feel that 2016 was not so kind to them. Lot of things happened around the world which left a bitter taste in everybody. People all across the globe hope that the the coming year 2017 to be good for each and everyone. With that in mind, we have come up with some dates which we feel is very important to people.

January 26, 2017 – Saturn Transit.

This is the year’s most feared transit for some and most exciting transit for some. Saturn is transiting from Vrischika to Dhanur Rasi on January 26, 2017. It is always advisable to visit the Navagraha sthala when there is a transit. The Navagraha Sthala for Saturn is Thirunallar. You can read about Thirunllar in our blog post here. You can also check the availablity of rooms on those days in Hotel Sadhabishegam in Vaitheeswaran Koil.

August 18, 2017 – Ketu Transit

Kethu Tranisits in Capricorn in 2017. Ragu and Kethu will react according to the Rashi and the position of the planets. Therefore they can cause doshas such as Puthira dhosham, kalathira dhosham, kala sarba dhosham, mangalya dhosham etc. The Navagraha Sthalam for Kethu is Keelperumballam Naganadhaswamy Temple. It lies roughly 20 Kms away from Hotel Sadhabishegam.  Make sure you visit and plan your stay. Since there is another transit in couple of days after the Kethu Transit.

August 21, 2017 – Rahu Transit.

Rahu transits on 21st August 2017. As said above how Rahu behaves totally depends on the Rashin and the position of planets in one’s horoscope. But it is always advisable to do parikarams so that whatever blow that one may get will softened or whatever riches one may gain should increase manifold. Thirunageswaram, the Rahu Sthala and a wonderful temple in a serene village lies close to Ketu Stala. The transit falls on Monday. Make sure you stay on Sunday to witness the special abishekam and Monday for Transit Parikaram.

September 12, 2017 – Guru (Jupiter) Transit

Guru Peyarchi is a notable festival in the small village of Kanjanur. Kanjanur houses the one of the most important Navagraha Temples, The Guru Temple. Guru Peyarchi often makes or breaks a person. But most of the time Guru gives his gifts abundantly and almost non-stop. It is said that bachelors visiting this temple will get married soon. Agneeswarar Temple is the place to be on September 2017. You can check out the details of the temple here and also place to stay here.

We will be updating this portion for each transit. Please stay connected in Facebook to not miss important information about and around Navagraha Temples.

 

Vaitheeswaran Koil

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The Mars god temple. Chevvai is son of lord shiva. Once the lord Shiva was in deep meditation perspiration from his third eye fell on earth, from the eye sweat drop on the earth. From that sweat he has born of male child later on known as angaragan (chevvai). Chevvai Bhagavan is worshipped in the town of Vaitheeswarankoil which is also called Pullirukkuvelur. Rig vedam (Irukku), Jatayu (Pull), Sambadi, the Surya (Vel) are said to have worshiped Shiva here and hence the name Pullirukkuvelur.

This temple consist of several Mandapam and Gopuram and also navagraha(all nine planets) installed in single line. No elsewhere in India. Here Ambhal(Goddess) is called Balambiga alice Thaiyalnayagi.The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva who is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or Vaithiyanatha swamy his consort is known as Thaiyalnayagi, unlike most other temples that are known by the presiding deity, lord Muruga(Selva muthu kumara swamy) is the celebrated deity in Vaitheeswarankoil though the name Vaithiyanathan is associated with lord shiva. There is a part of the story in Ramayana that Ravana proceeding to Srilanka with Sita, while Jadayu fought with Ravana to relieve Sita by the time Ravana cut his wing the same wing fell down here and eventually got moksha. Even today we can see the place is where Jadayu was cremated – “Jadayu Kundam”. Chevvai is a ferocious god with four hands. In two hands he holds weapons, generally a mace and a javelin, while the other two are held in abhaya and varada mudras. He uses ram as his vehicle.

Chevvai(Manglik Dosh, Mangala, Kuja dosh) related dosham are rectified by performing parihara(remedies) poojas to this deity. It is traditional to perform angaraha pooja to get rid of financial crisis, property dealing, productivity of agriculture and milk, if any problem between brothers and sisters that also will be solved. Chevvai also heels cut wounds. So devotees performing pooja to chevvai are benefited to victory.

There is also a widespread believe that the visit here would remove obstacles the delayed marriage(Chevvai dosham). In chevvai temple the Prasatham (Food) offered by the name of tiruchaandu urundai and its considered to be a panaca capable of many elements it is made of ashes taken out from the homa kundam in front of Subramaniya strain. Rituals are performed were in mixer of earth and ashes from the homa kundam are shaped into the pills the same distributed as a Prasatham (Food) to the person(medicine).

The devotees as soon as entering the temple, they first go to Sithamirtha tank(Sithamirtha tank consist of 18 wells) filled with holy water and mix with medicines in form of leaves. The water is said to have curative properties for various skin elements. The persons diseases even that could not get cured by mani, mandra, aushatha, after coming to this temple they got cured at this place. That why here Shiva is called as a Vaithiyanathan (doctor). There is also a shrine dedicated to Dhanvanthri here. Dhanvanthri is also a medicine god. Even doctors do their operation after they pray to Dhanvanthri for success and devotees also those who are suffering illness it can be cured after pray to Dhanvanthri.

Devotees offer punugu a cosmetic paste, borneol (pachai Karpooram in Tamil) sandal, lime, rosewater and flowers to Lord Muthukumarswami for the Arthajama puja with milk rice nivedhana. They perform abishek with sandal and offer sari for Mother Thaiyal Nayaki. For Lord, they perform abishek with rice flour, turmeric powder, cosmetic powders and oil, milk, curd, sacred ash, rose water, green coconut, panchamirtha, lime fruit, honey, sandal etc. Devotees also undertake tonsuring. Ear boring ceremony is celebrated in the temple. They also light Maa Vilakku made of rice flour and ghee, offer mangal sutras and god symbols as a prayer commitment. They place salt, pepper and mustard and eye symbols made of silver in the Ambica shrine. Some devotees arrange Annadhanam-feeding. Distribute the nivedhanas to visiting devotees with usual abisheks etc. Some contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Thirunallar – Sri Darbharanyeshwarar Temple

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Thirunallar lies 40 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil and is very important of the Navagraha temples in the area. The main deity of the temple is Sri Darbharanyeshwarar because the temple was primarily located in middle of the forest of Darbha grass. There are two other forms of Siva which are unique to this temple which is Thyagarajar and Somaskandar. Though this is a Siva temple, the deity which pulls the maximum crowd is Sri Saneeswarar, the most feared of all the Navagrahas who has a separate sannidhi outside Siva and Amman Sannidhis. Sanee is the only Navagraha to have the suffix Eeswar attached to him which explains how important Sanee is.

Thirunallar Sani Temple

The importance of Shani at this temple is related to the legend of King Nala. The righteous and handsome king, under the influence of Saturn, lost not only his kingdom, but was separated from his wife and children, lost his health and good looks, and had to wander around like a beggar. Finally, when the 7 ½ years of Shani’s influence was almost over, he came to Thirunallar, where he bathed in the tank and prayed to Shaneeshwara and was finally relieved of the troubles that had dogged him. He eventually was reunited with his wife and children and won his kingdom back. Even today, it is considered auspicious to cover oneself with sesame oil and have a bath in the Nala Teertham before going to have darshan of Shaneeswarar.

It is said to be auspicious to take bath in Nala Teertham for three consecutive Saturdays and pray to Saneeswarar which will cure all the bad effects of Sani in the horoscope. That too Purattasi month new moon and full moon day are very auspicious for the deity.  The God Sani, even though has the vehicle of an eagle, the country sees his vehicle as the crow. And in most of the places in India, the crow is even worshiped as a form of God Sani. His favorites flowers are Vanni flower and Black Kuvalai flower. His favorite color is black and he likes the bitter taste. He is called Ayushkaran in Tamil horoscopes, which means whoever is a devotee of God Sani will have a long and fruitful life.

Even though God Sani is widely feared because of the adverse effects he gives during his visit in one’s horoscope like poverty, disease, imprisonment and general restlessness, he also gives a lot of good things if he is appeased in regular intervals. It is said that there are 13 ponds in Thirunallar but right now, Nala Teertham, Brahma Teertham, Saraswathi Teertham, Agasthiyar Teertham are the ones which survived.

In the Thyagaraja sannidhi, there is an emerald shiva linga which gets abhisheka four times a day. It is a divine experience to have darshan during the Deeparadhanai after the abishegam.

The temple is open from morning 5 to afternoon 12  and from evening 4 to 9 PM. The temple is extremely crowded on Saturdays and the waiting time for darshan may run up to hours. People can also talk to the priest and collect Til rice from the temple kitchen and feed the crows which throng the Praharam. It is very auspicious to light oil lamps around the praharam too.

Thirunallar lies just 40 Kms from Sadhabishegam Hotel in Vaitheeswaran Koil. It is just a one hour drive through the scenic route.

Thirunageswaram Sri Naganathar temple.

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Rahu Stalam - Thirunageswaram

Location

Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is situated just 50 Km away from Hotel Sadhabishegam in Vaitheeswaran Koil.  The presiding Deity is Sri Naganatha Swamy who appears as a family person with Nagavalli and Nagakanni Ambals. The Raghu Sannathi (Nagaraja Shrine) is in the South-West direction of the second prakara.

The Chola King Kandaraathithya (950AD-957AD) renovated this temple into a granite edifice. The inner Mantapa was built by Seikkizhar. Govinda Dikshitar (17th century A.D.) a minister to Acchuthappa Nayak, constructed the outer mandapa. Sambumali, a King built the beautiful Surya Pushkarani. The roof and other renovation work were done by Arimalazham Annamalai Chettiar.

Deities

Nageswarar or Naganatha is the swayambu main deity in this Temple, Arthanareeswara Shrine, Piraiyanivanudalumai, Girigujambika, are the other deities in the Temple. There is a separate shrine to Goddess Girigujambika Lakshmi and Saraswathi is standing on either side of Her.

Sculpture

There are some ancient sculptures in the Mantapas. The horse and lion figures on the pillars, Adhikaranandi, Seikkilar,Balaravoyar, his brother and their mother, Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, Manikkavasagar, Bairava, Nataraja, and others are very beautiful. The thousand pillared mandapa is designed like a chariot having artistic stone wheels.

Sthala Vruksha

This place had many Senbaka Trees and beneath on of them there was a Shivalinga, hence the Lord here came to be known as Shenbagarare Eswara. Sthala Vruksha is Senbaka tree.

Legends

Legend has it that the serpents Aadi Seshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshiped Shiva here. Legend also has it that Nala worshiped Shiva here as in Gowtama muni, Paraasarar and Bhageerata are also associated with legends related to this temple. Tirunageswaram, Raghu is the king of snakes and since he worshiped lord Shiva the place was named as Thirunageshwaram. Once Sugarma son of Susheela muni was bitten by a snake, the sage cursed the snake for hurting his son. Raghu Bhagavan got rid of his curse inflicted by Sushila Muni by worshiping Lord Shiva here. Hence Lord Shiva is also worshiped as ‘Naganatha Swamy’ here owing to the deliverance of Raaghu Bhagavan from his curse by His grace. Offering worship at this Nageswarar temple in the morning, at noon and at in the evening on a given day is considered to be of special significance. Suryan, Vinayaga, Gautamar, Nalan, Parasarar, Pandavas, Vasishtar, Indran, Brahma, Bageerathan, Chandrasenan, Adiseshan, Kakkan Karkodagan, Sounagar, Nargunan have prayed and benefited at this sthala. King Sambumali who had incurred the wrath of sage Kaalangiri, attained moksha after bathing in the temple tank and praying to the Lord and Ambal of this temple. Bringi Muni prayed only to Shiva. Girigujambikai is believed to have appeared before Bringi Muni along with Lakshmi and Saraswati in this sthala. Parvathy did penance for Ardhanareeshwara form. Shiva was pleased and shared half of his body with hers and appeared as Ardhanareeshawara here in this sthala.

Some special features

The milk poured (Abhiseka) to Raghu changes into light blue color.

Poojas

The Jothisha Sastra (Astrology) states that if Rahu is in a good position in one’s horoscope He will bestow all prosperity (including Raja Yoga) to him and that person becomes a Kubera . In order to nullify Kalasthra dosha, Naga dosha and Putra dosha one should worship Raaghu. People afflicted with Nagadhosa should perform oblations. Five kala poojas (5 times worship) are being done every day. Special Abhisekas are performed between 4.30 to 6 p.m. (Raaghu Kala) on all Sundays.

Festivals

Mahashivarathri, Marghazhi Thiruvadhirai, panguni Uthram, Karthigai, The annual Bhramotsavam is observed in the month of Kartikai while the Sekkizhaar festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Raghu Peyarchi is special days in this Temple.