Vaitheeswaran Koil – Things to Know.

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Vaitheeswaran Koil - Temple Tank

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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.

Hotel Sadhabishegam – Words of appreciation

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As you all might be aware, we at hotel Sadhabishegam strive to provide a top quality boarding and lodging facility for pilgrims to Vaitheeswaran Koil at affordable rates. Our quest to constantly improve the quality of service to customers has always been appreciated by our customers and based on their feedback, we are eternally running towards the mirage of perfection. We know we won’t get there. But we know we will always be inching closer and closer to it only if we continuously keep running towards it. The next few blogposts here, will revolve around some of our customers’ feedback that they shared either with us directly or through social media.

Hotel Sadhabishegam, Vaitheeswaran Koil

The tradition of Tamil meals starts with a sweet. So does the first post here. This post revolves around the sweet things our sweet customers had to say about us. The text found below are exact verbatim of their reviews.

“Stayed here overnight with Aged parents in comfort cottage. Even though I had booked through email without an advance 2 weeks in advance the room was reserved for me – I also arrived at 2130 hrs after a long drive from Chennai via Nagai. Friendly,courteous front office staff. Good South Indian Snacks and coffee. Beautiful lawns in front of the rooms. A bit costly but a trouble free stay.”

-  Mr. Kramesh, Mumbai

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“We as a family stayed in this hotel when we visited the famous temple in this place. Very nice location in a spacious campus with lot of greenery round. Had a very pleasant stay with good food to eat. Service was good. Very well maintained neat hotel.”

-Mr. N.Chandrasekaran, Chennai

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“Considering the location, its a very good hotel and good value for money. The rooms are very spacious and the toilets are relatively clean. The hotel ambiance was very good with lot of greenery. They have a few designs in the lawn. I like the way they designed the Resort type rooms.
It has 2 rooms(kinda like a house). Small hall and big room. and if you are going with a car driver, you can think of utilizing this type of rooms where in he can stay in the hall(its got a bed also) and your family can stay in the big room. Toilets are accessible for both without disturbing each others privacy. Big room has a door as well. ”

- TripAdvisor Profile name: Travel_business2013

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“The hotel has a cottage type look which we never visited anywhere before. Very close to Vaitheeswaran temple. The food was excellent with moderately priced. My kid enjoyed the garden particularly the slide after the tough mundane time. I would want people to visit this hotel at least once in their life time. With lot of space and greenery, it was indeed a very pleasant stay. And that too with makemytrip Rs. 500 discount was like a cherry on the cake.”

- Ms. Preeti Kapil

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“It was a pleasant satisfying experience, for you go these temple towns for pilgrimage , not for seeking pleasure. The hotel was neat, tidy and certainly the best hotel south of Puduchery.”

- Mr. Ravindran Pranatharthy

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Thanks to all who took the pains to write their reviews and appreciated our efforts to provide a top class ambiance to our clients. But yes, every coin has two sides. The ones mentioned here are some of the good reviews we had got. But it doesn’t mean that we are flawless and have no not-so-good reviews against our name. The good reviews motivate us to maintain our standards and the not-so-good reviews make us run towards the perfection. But we do listen to every single feedback you give. The next set of posts will discuss on a case-on-case basis about the not-so-good feedback of our customers and how we are striving to mitigate those issues and hence inch towards perfection.

And dear readers, if you have stayed in our hotel and haven’t voiced your feedback, we are all ears. Kindly drop a review of us on TripAdvisor or makemyTrip. Your reviews are our tonic to excel. And yes, if you haven’t stayed in our hotel, plan your trip soon. We are keeping our doors open for you.  :)

Vaitheeswaran Koil – what the Legend says…

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The modern world, with thousands of scientific breakthroughs and millions of inventions, has increased the life span and has mitigated the pains and sufferings of us, the humans. Yet, this process of healing and curing has no end. Ever changing environment and evolving lifestyle unearth new illness everyday and science invents medicines to counter them the next day. A never ending cat and mouse game that always has medicines in the present for the illness of the past and medicines in the future for the illness of the present. The illness vary, the humans vary, the medicines vary, but there’s one thing that all these medicines have in common: Belief.

Vaitheeswaran_KoilVaitheeswaran Koil, located at Sirgazhi-Mayiladuthurai road, is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to have healing powers and that’s the reason why the deity in the temple is named as ‘Vaitheeswaran’, meaning the God of healing. Devotees offer prayers to the Lord with the belief and hope in them that God would cure the illness of them or their loved ones.

A belief  may not have a proof to substantiate it’s claim, but it gives a person the all needed conviction to trust it and bring about a positive change in the person, from within. What gives a person that conviction? His knowledge? His experience? No. It is the conviction of the world around him. The belief that Vaidheeswaran will cure all the ailments is the conviction of Hindus, transcended to people from generation and generations of their ancestors.

There are a few instances from our cultural history that map Vaitheeswaran Koil as the focal point of healing ailments. During the Ramayana period, Rama, Lakshmana and Saptarishi have worshiped in this place. It is believed that Vulture King Jatayu, who was killed by Ravana when the former tried to prevent the abduction of Sita, was buried in this place. The pond in the temple is hence called Jatayu Kundam (pot of Jatayu containing his holy ash).

Another legend says that Parvati, the consort of Shiva, asked her son, Muruga to appear with one face from his regular appearance of six faces. When he did so, she was pleased and presented him with a Vel to slay the demons. Lord Muruga overcame the asura Surapadman (a demon) and in the war but his army was severely injured. Lord Shiva came out as the healer Vaitheeswaran and cured the wounds of the soldiers, and hence the name.

The next time you pack your travel to have the darshan and blessings of Lord Vaitheeswara, remember that your devotion and hope are a few of powerful medicines you have with you to keep you happy and healthy. Well, while the deity in Vaitheeswaran Koil takes care of your health, we at Hotel Sadhabishegam will take care of your hospitality there. So, don’t worry about quality food and stay while you plan your trip.  :)