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.

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