Navagraha Temples

Posted: August 18, 2009 in General

There is a cluster of Navagraha Temples dating from the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. Each temple is located in a different village. Each of these temples is considered an abode of one of the Navagrahams. However, the majority of these temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Surya temple is the only one dedicated to the Graham. The Surya temple was built around the 11th or 12th century C.E. The other temples were built earlier, ranging back to 7th-9th century.

  1. Surya Navagrahastalam — Tirumangalakkudi (or)Sooriyanar Kovil (Temple)
  2. Chandra Navagrahastalam — Thingalur (Temple)
  3. Angaarakan Navagrahastalam — Puttirukku Velur or Vaitheeswaran Kovil (Temple)
  4. Budha Navagrahastalam — Tiruvenkaadu Temple
  5. Guru Navagrahastalam — Aalangudi Temple
  6. Sukra Navagrahastalam — Kanjanoor Temple
  7. Shani Navagrahastalam — Tirunallar Temple
  8. Raahu Navagrahastalam — Tirunageswaram Temple
  9. Ketu Navagrahastalam — Keezhperumpallam Temple

1) Surya Navagrahastalam Tirumangalakkudi (or) Suryanaar  Kovil Temple

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This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Suryanaar Kovil and Kanjanur near Kumbakonam. It is believed that this temple should be visited first before proceeding to Suryanaar Kovil enshrining the Nava Grahams. Tirumangalakkudi is considered to be the 38th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Parvati is said to have been relieved of a curse (wherein she had assumed the form of a parrot) here; this incident and the divine marriage are believed to have happened on Makara Sankaranti – hence Mangala Kshetram. A devotee of Shiva was brought back to life at this shrine, in response to please from his wife to Mangalanayaki. Sambandar is said to have arrived here after visiting Kanjanur and Tirumaanturai.

The Temple: A five tiered gopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with two prakarams covering an area of about 3 acres.   Murals depicting the stalapuranam are seen in the Ambal shrine. There are inscriptions dating back to the Pallavas, Raja Chola and the Vijayanagar Emperors.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darisanam, Padinettaam Perukku, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri, Aadi Pooram and Skanda Sashti are the festivals celebrated here.

This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Suryanaar Kovil and Kanjanur near Kumbakonam. It is believed that this temple should be visited first before proceeding to Suryanaar Kovil enshrining the Nava Grahams. Tirumangalakkudi is considered to be the 38th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Parvati is said to have been relieved of a curse (wherein she had assumed the form of a parrot) here; this incident and the divine marriage are believed to have happened on Makara Sankaranti – hence Mangala Kshetram. A devotee of Shiva was brought back to life at this shrine, in response to please from his wife to Mangalanayaki. Sambandar is said to have arrived here after visiting Kanjanur and Tirumaanturai.

The Temple: A five tiered gopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with two prakarams covering an area of about 3 acres.   Murals depicting the stalapuranam are seen in the Ambal shrine. There are inscriptions dating back to the Pallavas, Raja Chola and the Vijayanagar Emperors.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darisanam, Padinettaam Perukku, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri, Aadi Pooram and Skanda Sashti are the festivals celebrated here.

2) Navagrahastalam Chandrabhagavan Temple, Thingalur

thingaloorLOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: Thingalur is on the way from Thiruvaiyaru to Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu State, India. It is around 25 Kms away from Thanjavur in the North direction.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE: As chandran (moon) was very much handsome and legible, Daksha Prajapathi gave all his 27 daughters (Stars) in marriage to him.  Instead of treating all of them alike, he neglected all the other 26 wives and spent most of his time with Rohini . Daksha Prajapathi advised Chandran to treat all his 27 wives equally. But Chandran ignored him. Daksha Prajapathi got offended and cursed Chandran that he should suffer from a wasting disease.  Chandran prayed to Lord Siva in Thingalur to save him from the curse. Saving him God ordered that Chandran should remain in the temple in Thingalur and should give relief to those, suffering from the ill effects of Chandran’s adverse placement in their horoscopes and offering prayers to him. So, such people who are affected by the adverse positions of Chandran in their horoscopes offer prayers to Lord Kailasanathar, Goddess Sri Periyanayaki and Chandra Bagavan (moon God), by offering prayers.

DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: The lives of this Universe are controlled by the movements of the nine planets in the universe and by the positions occupied them in the natal charts according to the time of their births. Lord Chandran is the Lord of mind; He is also the Lord of herbs. When Chandra Bagavan is well placed in the Native’s chart, the native will be a great man with the gift of clear thinking ability. When the full moon day occurs on Monday, it is very auspicious to offer prayer to Chandra Bagavan. Thingal , in Tamil, refers to moon (Chandran). So this place is called Thingalur. It is believed that no one has died of snakebite in this place.

TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE: Thingaloor Kailasanathar Temple is about 1500 years old. Built in the 7th century by Pallava King Rajasimha, this ancient Shaivite shrine reflects the early Dravidian architecture. A huge Nandi is seen in the front, facing the temple. The 16-sided Shiva lingam at the main shrine is made out of black granite. A unique feature of Thingaloor Temple is that during the months of Puratasi (September – October) and Panguni (March-April), the rays of the moon fall on the Shiva Lingam. The architectural style and the decorations carved on this temple are added features.

AUSPICIOUS TIMES: In the Tamil month of Panguni (March – April) on the full moon day (Pournami) , the day before and on the succeeding day (3 days), the rays of the rising moon fall on Lord Siva (Kailasanathar). Arathi is shown to God Siva. This rare phenomenon occurs only in Thingalur and not anywhere else. Poojas performed on Full moon days and every Mondays are very special in this temple.

POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: To ward off the ill effects of the adversely placed Chandran in the native’s chart, at least partially, if not fully, the native is advised to perform pooja at Thingalur. To take bath in the Chandra pushkarani and to offer prayers to Lord Kailasanathar, Goddess Periyanayaki and then to Chandra Bagavan.The people with Chandra dhosham can get relief and their sufferings even though not completely but at least get minimized to a great extent, by performing pooja in this place and offering rayers to Lord Siva, Goddess Periyanayaki and to Chandra Bagavan.

POOJA OFFERINGS: Chandra Bagavan whose dress is white and as his grains were paddy and raw rice. He has to be offered with raw rice pudding mixed with jaggery, white flowers (White Arali) and white clothing. It is believed that this pooja will remove obstacles in one’s life.

POOJA TYPES:

Archana,  Feet Abishekam – Thingallur,  Full Abishekam – Thingallur

Visit to this temple is said to grant a comfortable and long life. In astrology, Chandran is the planet that removes stress and sorrow.

3) Puttirukku Velur–(Vaitheeswaran Temple)

VITHEESWARANPuttirukku Velur–(Vaitheeswaran Temple) is located in Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is one of the nine Navagraha Temples and the planet Mars (Angaraka) is also worshipped here. Believed to be the site of the curing of Angaraka of leprosy, this site is known for its Naadi astrologers. Vaitheeswaran Koil is approximately 22 kilometers from Chidambaram, 110 kilometers from Thanjavur and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai. There is also a train to Mayiladuthurai from Mysore (Mysore Express) via Bangalore, Salem, Erode, Trichy, Tanjore and Kumbakonam.

It is believed that a bath in the holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex will cure all diseases.

LEGEND: One of the Navagraha, Angaraka (Mars), was suffering from leprosy and was cured by Lord Vaidhyanatha Swamy. It is one of the Navagraha Temples. Thirunavukkarasar had severe stomach pain, his sister asked him to pray to Lord Vaidhyanatha Swamy to cure the illness. He did the same and his illness was relieved. From that day onwards, he was became a great devotee of Lord Shiva.

VAITHEESWARAN MAHATYAM: Lord Vaitheeswaran Swamy and his Consort Thaiyalnayaki Ambal who stands with the medicinal oil to cure the diseases of the devotees. It is believed that Rama, Lakshmana and Saptarishi have worshipped the Lord here.

It is believed that the Hindu god 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.

Eighteen thirthas inclusive of disease curing Siddhamirtha thirtha is also here. This tank is inside the temple.

There is a small shrine to Lord Dhanvantari. Lord Muruga here is known as Muthukumara Swamy.

PRASADAM: Here, the ashes (Thiruchandu Urundai) is supposed to cure all the diseases. It is prepared from Homa Kundam. Another medicine given is Chandan (sandalwood powder) with Saffron. People come here to offer Milagu (Pepper) and Salt with Jaggery in the Siddhamritam to get rid of diseases. They also donate carved silver plated body organs in the Hundi (vessel for offering) to cure the diseases. It is believed that any disease can be cured.

SHIVADIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: Sevvai, being the planetary ruler of the human body. The Poojas performed to sevvai here are believed to cure prolonged diseases. Sevvai also known, as Angarakan is present in two forms namely, Moolavar and Ursavar . The holy ashes of Jatayu pit, present inside the temple and the Marundhu urundai sold in the temple are believed to have special powers to cure all kinds of diseases .

AUSPICIOUS TIMES: Every Tuesday evening, Angarakan (Sevvai) mounted on the Goat vahanam is taken around in side the temple praharam . Lord murugan as selva muthukumaran showers his divine blessings to the devotees every month on the Karthika star (Natchtram) is special occasion for this temple. On that day sandal paste Abishekam is performed to Lord Selva muthukumaran (utsavar) in the spacious open hall called as Krithika mandapam .

POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: Sevvai related Dhoshams are rectified by performing parihara poojas to this deity. It is traditional to perform Angaraka Pooja to get rid of financial crisis. Sevvai enhances productivity of Agriculture, Milk. He also heals cut wounds. He eliminates sorrows and gives courage, so performing pooja to Sevvai will get all the above. Worshipping Sevvai helps one to get recognition in the society. Devotees performing pooja to Sevvai are benefited with victory and Sastra Gnanam .

POOJA OFFERINGS: Sevvai is attired in red colour and is offered with Thoor dhal and red arali flowers during Poojas.

Darshan, sevas and festivals: Annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated during Pankuni and Thai (Tamil months). Karthigai is also celebrated in pomp and glory. There a separate shrine for Lord Muthukumara Swamy and Sashti is celebrated.

Naadi Jothidam a popular form of astrology is practiced here. Depends on the believer as it may be a fake.. The belief is that if prayers are offered to Ankarakan, he will bestow valour, victory and strength to the person. Upon entering the temple, devotees first go the Siddhamrita tank. The water is said to have curative properties for various skin ailments.

There is also a widespread belief that a visit here would remove obstacles that delay marriage.

4) Sri Suvedaranyar Temple Thiruvenkadu

TRTHIRUVENKADU: There is a reference to this temple in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Therefore it is said that the oldest part of the temple is more than 3000 years old. Dedicated to Budhan or Mercury this temple in Thiruvenkadu makes up the last of the Navagraha Temples. Budhan is said to bestow wisdom and intellect.

History: The demon Maruthuvan, with the boons gained from Brahma misused it torturing the Devas. The Devas went to Shiva for freedom from the demon. The Lord advised the Devas to go to Thiruvengadu and live there in disguise. Shiva sent his vehicle Nandhi and defeated the demon. The demon, without losing heart, performed penance, got the trident (Soolayudham) and injured the Nandhi, which is still visible on the idol. Infuriated by the injury on the Nandhi, Lord Shiva converted his anger into the Agoramurthy form. On seeing the Lord, the demon surrendered at his feet and begged his pardon. He also prayed that those worshipping Agoramurthy would not have enemies at all.

Within the darkness of the night, walks this form of Lord Shiva, Shiva Aghoramurthy. He rules the night, kala and these hours are for the other world spirits to worship him. Aghora Shiva is worshiped by all, the night is alive with divinity as it wakes the other world, of ghosts and ghouls and aghoris to follow this form – the left hand path of worship.

SHIVAAghora Shiva is powerful, fierce, graceful, and yet terrifying. He kills all evil, he protects us, he brings us our peace and yet we fear this form! And as we mindlessly move on, little do we notice a painter furiously at work. Seeped in silence, a passionate painter catches the glimpse of this fiery Lord into his canvas.

TEMPLE HISTORY: In the Chola Era, Panchaloka idols and bronze idols were presumed to be made in the worships of Thiruvengadu, according to the archaeologists.  Achuthagapanar bathed in the three tanks, worshipped Thiruvengadar and he was blessed with a child. This child came to be known as Meikandar and became the chief of Santhana kuravars. Vedarasi, a Brahmin had placed his bundle of food in the hollow of a tree. A snake residing in the hollow spewed poison on the food. Unaware of this, Vedarasi gave this food to a Vedic priest, who died of the poison. This Brahmin was absolved of his Brahmahathi Dhosham by worshipping Lord Siva of Thiruvengadu.

DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: The presiding deities are Swedharanyeshwarar and his consort Ambal is Brahma vidyanayaki. Budan is the Lord of Mithunam and Kanni Rasi and he faces the Northeast direction. The Adi Devatha is Vishnu and the Prathyathi Devatha Narayanan; his colour is light green; his vahana is the horse. Among Nine Planets (Navagraha), Budan is the planetary ruler of Studies, Knowledge, Music, Astrology, Mathematics, Artistry, Medicine, multi-lingual skills. Budan influences one’s relationship with maternal uncle (Thai maman).

AUSPICIOUS TIMES: Wednesdays are very auspicious to Budan Bagavan, offering pooja to Budan Bagavan on Wednesdays is believed to rectify Budan Dhosham.

POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: If one offering prayer and pooja to this deity, is believed to acquire higher Studies, Knowledge, Music, Astrology, Mathematics, Artistry, Medicine, Multi-lingual skills. Budan also influences one’s relationship with maternal uncle (Thai maman). Further, if one’s astro chart contains Budan in fifth place, he may not have offspring’s. The Pariharam to this dhosham is to worship Budan. If the Lord Budan is not in the proper position in the astro chart, one may suffer from lack of knowledge, loses interests in Education and will suffer from nervous weakness. Performing parihara pooja to this God Budan can rectify this dhoshams. Offering prayer to this God Budan benefits Artists, Musicians and people in the field of fine arts.

POOJA OFFERINGS: Budan Bagavan is attired in green, offering him with full green moong dhal, white kanthal flower and green cloth is believed to bring Sasthra Gnanam to devotees.

POOJA TYPES: Poojas listed here are applicable for this temple only. Archana – Thiruvengadu
Milk Abishekam – Thiruvengadu
Budhan Pariharam – Thiruvengadu
Budhan Homam – Thiruvengadu
Ghee Deepam – Thiruvengadu

5) SRI ABATHSAGAYESWARA SWAMY ALANGUDI

ALANGUDI This is regarded as a Guru sthalam or Jupiter where Lord Dakshinamurthy is held in great reverence. The shrine attracts a large number of devotees when Jupiter transits between zodiac signs. Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, is said to have been reborn on the banks of the Amrita Pushkarini within the temple precincts before being reunited with Shiva.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE:  Sri Abathsagayeswara Swamy Temple, the sthalam of Guru Bagavan is Alangudi, It is located in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, India. Alangudi is 17 kms away from Kumbakonam enroute to Mannargudi.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE:   The Devas, when churning the parkadal (sea of milk) for nectar, were hindered by the poisonous fumes from the snake Vasuki and prayed to Lord Siva for deliverance.

Lord Siva consumed the deadly poison (Ala Visham), thus giving rise to the name Alangudi to this sthalam and the Lord came to be called as Aabathsagayar. Lord Ganesa subdued Gajamuhasuran who gave the Devas a horrid time and he thus he is worshipped in this sthalam as ‘Kalangaamal kaatha Vinayagar’. Ambal undertook severe penance and married Lord Siva and hence this place is hailed as Thirumana Mangalam. This sthalam is the Parivara sthalam for Madhyarjuna Mahalinga Peruman. This is the fourth amongst the Panchavarunya Sthalas. Vishwamithrar, Thirumal, Brahma, Lakshmi, Garuda, Ashta Thikku Balagas, Ayyanar, Veera Badrar, Mukunda Chakravarthy, Suvasanan, Sundarar have worshipped at this sthala . Lord Siva as a ferryman (boatman) was helped Sundaramurthy Swamigal to cross the river (Vettaru) which was in spate, to reach this sthalam. The boat capsized hitting a rock, on the way. Lord Siva seated on his Rishaba Vahana helped him reach the sthala safely. Sundarar received his Gnana upadesam after his darshanam of Dakshinamurthy at this sthalam.

DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: Fame, wealth, siblings are the beneficial aspxects of Guru. Guru is the Lord of Dhanusu and Meena Rasi and he faces South direction. Going around about Sri Dakshinamoorthy(Guru Bagavan) twenty four times and litting twenty four Ghee Deepams while worshiping is believed to absolve all guru dhoshams and bring prosperity to one’s life.

AUSPICIOUS TIMES:   All Thursdays are special to Sri Guru Bagavan, daily poojas are also performed. Apart from New Moon Day (Ammavasai) , Full Moon Day (pournami) , Guruhorai, Days falling on stars like punarpoosam, Visagam and Pooratathi are very auspicious for Sri Guru Bagavan. Offering prayers on these days are more special. Daily poojas are also performed

POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR:    It is believed that performing Sahasranama Archana , Sri Guru Homam and Milk Abishegam will bring prosperity and fame in arts, it will ward of all dhoshams .

POOJA OFFERINGS:   Budan Bagavan is attired in green, offering him with full green moong dhal, white kanthal flower and green cloth is believed to bring Sasthra Gnanam to devotees.

POOJA TYPES:   Sri Guru Bagavan, who is attired in yellow, is offered with White Mullai flowers, yellow clothes and Bengal gram, for pooja. Sweet Pongal is also offered to the deity.

6) Agnishwaraswamy Temple, Kanchanur

KANCHANOOR: This Shiva sthalam is associated with Sukran or Venus and is maintained by the Madurai Adhinam. It is located in a quiet hamlet of Thiruvaavaduturai. This shrine is also referred to as Palaasavanam, Brahmapurai and Agnisthalam. Brahma is said to have had a vision here of Shiva’s wedding with Parvati. Men visit to pray for the well being of their wives.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: Sri Agniswara Swami Temple is situated on the north bank of river Cauvery. It is fifteen kilometers to the north east of Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, India.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE: Brahma is said to have been blessed with a vision of Shiva’s marriage with Parvathi here.

Agni is said to have worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Agneeswarar. Haradatta Sivacharyar of Vaishnava origins – originally known as Sudarshanar is said to have undergone ordeals to prove the tenacity of his devotion for Shiva to fellow Vaishnavites . Images of Agneeswarar and Karpagambal are also seen in the Varadarajar Temple at Kanjanur. Several legends pertaining to events in the life of Haradatta Sivacharyar pertain to this Temple. Parasar, Kamsan and Chandran worshipped Agniswarar and were blessed here. God and Goddess were in their marriage ceremony with goddess on their right side was seen by the Bramhadevar.Asaraguru to absolve of the curse from the Sukiran , Sri Vishnu worshipped God and Goddess and got rid of the curse.

DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: This temple has two prakarams . Images depicting legends related to Haradatta Sivacharyar are seen in this temple. There are also shrines to Manakanjarar and Kalikamar here, tow the sixtythree Nayanmars. Stone images of Natarajar and Sivakami are seen in this temple in the Nataraja Sabha referred to as the Mukti Mandapam . The Shivatandavam here is referred to as Mukti Tandavam . Legend has it that Shiva blessed Paraasara muni with a vision of the cosmic dance – Mukti tandavam here. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are seen in this temple. Appar is said to have visited Kanjanur. Sri Sambandar worshipped and Sri Appar Swamigal sang devotional songs to these deities.

AUSPICIOUS TIMES: Six worship services are offered every day here. A festival commemorating Haradatta Sivacharyar is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai every year. Mahasivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri and Aadi Pooram are celebrated here. Fridays are special.

POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: Performing pooja and worshipping the God and Goddess of Sri Agneeswara Swamy Temple will help the devotees to get rid of Sukiran planet’s “Sukira Dhosham “.
POOJA OFFERINGS: Sukira Bagavan is draped in White colour dress, offering White lotus, sealed beans and White cloth is believed to bring Sowbagyam it will help devotees overcome impending marriage problems and solve Child issues.

7) Sri Saneeshwarabhagavan, Thirunallar

THIRUNALLAR: This is the only temple that is dedicated to Lord Sani or Saturn. When the planet Saturn transits between zodiac signs, literally millions throng this shrine. The legendary King Nala is said to have been relieved of his afflictions, which were due to the malefic influence of Saturn, after worship in this temple. Of the numerous tanks theertams, the Nala theertam is the most important one. By bathing here, it is believed that one is washed off all kinds of misfortune and afflictions.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: Sri Dharbarenyeswaraswamy Devasthanam, Thirunallar is one of the famous Lord Siva temples in India. Thirunallar is located 5 kilometers west of Karaikal in the bus route of Karaikal-Mayiladuthurai and Kumbakonam.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE: This is an ancient Siva temple probably constructed in 7th Century A.D. Dharbarenyeswarar is the main deity and Lord Saturn, Sri Pranambigai, Sri Thiagarajar and Sri Vinayagar are other deit ies.  The Saneeswarar temple of Sri Dharbarenyeswaraswamy Devasthanam attracts devotees not only from India but also from other Countries. This temple is unique in its kind and is the only temple dedicated to Lord Saturn where he is a blessing God having “Abhayahastham” . As per the history of the temple, the great King Nala of Puranic fame was relieved of the affliction of Lord Saturn or Lord Saneeswaran af ter worshipping the Lord consecrated in this temple. Whoever visits this temple and prays before Lord Saneeswaran is believed to have been relieved of all the curses and sufferings and get the blessings of Lord for a happy and prosperous life.

DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE: The moolavar of Dharbarenyeswarar is Swayambu Lingam . The place was originally a forest of Dharba grass and it is stated that the Lingam even now has impressions left by the Dharba weeds within which it was situated. The Lord here is also known as “Adhimoorthy or Nallarar”. The great Saivite saints Thirugnanasambhandar, Sundaramurthy Swamigal, Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagirinadhar have worshipped at this shrine and sung about the glory of the Lord. “PachaI Padhigam” sung by the great saint Thirugnanasambhandar is very famous one.
AUSPICIOUS TIMES: Poojas are performed 6 times (6 kalams) daily. Poojas like Ashtothra Archana, Abhishegam, Sahasranama Archana and Navagraha Shanthi Homam are performed daily but Homams are not accepted on Saturdays. According to astrology, Saneeswaran moves from one sign (house) to the next in the Zodiac once in 2-1/2 years and the day of his transit is observed as a festival in Thirunallar. On the day previous to the day of transit, religious discourses and entertainments are arranged. On the festival day, Thiruppavai and Thiruvembavai are chanted at 5.00 a.m. An Abhishegam on a grand scale is performed for the Lord Saneeswara Bagavan. Oil, Milk, Curd, Rose-Water, Tender Coconut, Fruit juice etc., are used for the Abhishegam .
POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: Among the Navagrahas, Lord Saturn (Saneeswarar) occupies an important place. A malefic Saturn in one’s horoscope is believed to cause miseries and hardships which can be mitigated by worshipping him. Saneeswaran resides in each Rasi for a period of 2 1/2 years. When Saneeswaran resides in the 12th, 1st and 2nd house, it is 7 1/2 Naatu Sani; when in the 4th house, it is Arthashtama Sani; when in the 8th house, it is Ashtama Sani. During these periods, he troubles the native. Problems from Govt., peers, wife, children, slowdown in business, loss of property, leprosy are caused by transit of Sani. Saneeswaran is reputed to be both, a giver and destroyer. A person who prays to Saneeswaran will be blessed with not only riddance from the problems and worries faced, but a life that one desires.
POOJA OFFERINGS: Saneeswara bahavan is attired in black colour the grain associated with him is sesame, the flower – vanni and blue kuvalai ; fabric – black cloth; gem – neelam (blue saphire); food – rice mixed with sesame powder are offered during pooja.

8) Sri Naganathswamy Temple ThiruNageswaram

TIRUNAGESHWARAM: This vast temple known is for its shrine to Rahu, one of the nine celestial bodies in the Navagraha. A legend has it that the mythological serpents Adiseshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshipped Shiva here. Legend also has it that King Nala worshipped Shiva here as in Thirunallar.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: Sri Naganathaswamy temple, which is also the Ragu Abode, is a magnificent Temple situated seven kilometers east of Kumbakonam, in Tanjore District, Tamilnadu State of India.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE: Once, Saint Sushila cursed Sri Ragu Bagavan – Sun’s Ascend Node, one of the nine-orbiting planets.

To absolve his curse, Ragu worshipped Lord Siva in Kumbakonam Kilkottam in the first quarter of the night – First Jamam and Senbakaranyam in the Second quarter, and Thirupamburam in the Third quarter, and Nagaikaronam in the Fourth quarter and at last at Usha time came to this holy Senbaka forest and prayed to him to absolve his curse. So, we can see Sri Ragu Bagavan with his two consorts in his marriage
posture in the Southwest corner of this temple. Because of the serpent deity Ragu’s worship, the Lord here also been called Naganathar, and this village Tirunageswaram.
DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE:The great Nayanmars who had sung the beautiful Devaram Songs, namely Tirugnanasambandar and Sundarar also worshipped the Lord here and sang verses glorifying the Lord Siva. This place is now regarded as Ragu Sthalam. Offering milk to serpent deity on Sunday is considered as something very beneficial to the devotees. So, on Sunday and on some very special occasions i.e., on Rahu kalam in each day, devotees bring milk here and offer it to the God. The one specialty of this serpent deity Ragu is when milk is poured on him it looks blue to the eyes of the devotees .
AUSPICIOUS TIMES: During Pradhosams of every month, special abishekam will be performed to Nandikesvarar. Apart from Ragu kalams , milk abishekam will be performed to Ragu during the following times morning 9.30 a.m and 11.30 a.m, evening 5.30 p.m. During Ragu peyarchi – which occurs once in one and half years, this festival is celebrated with great show and pomp, special homam , abishekam are performed. On every Sunday and on some very special occasions devotees bring milk here and offer it to the God.
POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: As Ragu, the serpent deity is enshrined here with his two consorts in the Southwest corner of this temple, the devotees with Ragu Dhosham , in one’s Horoscope Ragu the Ascend Node of the Sun is in 5th the place or in 7th place or in 8th place, they are considered as harmful to the welfare of the devotees and hence are called in the name of Dhosham does milk abishekam to the Lord and thereby get rid of their Dhoshams .
POOJA OFFERINGS: Ragu is attired with blue and is offered with urid dhal (black gram) and mantharai flower. It is believed that offering the above to Shri Ragu Bagavan will bring victory in all leads of life. Milk abishekam is done to Sri Ragu Bagavan.

9) Sri Kethu Bagavan Keezhperumpallam

KEEZHPERUMPALLAM This is an ancient Shaivite temple and legend has it that Kethu, the other planetary node of the nine celestial bodies worshipped Shiva here. Rahu and Kethu are associated with the legend of the serpent that helped Lord Shiva churn the milky ocean. There is a shrine dedicated to Kethu in this temple.

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE: Sri Naganathaswamy Temple- the stalam of Kethu Bagavan is situated in Keezhperumpallam. Of Naggapattinam district. Tamilnadu India. It is located 6 kms from Thiruvengaadu (Budan Sthalam) enroute to Poompuhar.

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE: Keezhperumpallam is also called Vanagiri. Kethu bagavan prayed to Naaganaadhaswami and was blessed and rid of his sins by Lord Siva. It is rare to find Kethu with his head.  At this sthalam , he can be seen worshipping Naaganaadhaswami with his folded hands held high. Rahu after taking nectar was torn by Lord Narayana. The head portion joined with a snake body and became Rahu Bagavan.The body portion that was thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region. This was found and preserved by a Brahmin. The body grew, because of having nectar and the head of a snake got attached to the body to become Kethu. Kethu Bagavan has the head of a snake and the body of an asura .  This is the temple for Kethu Bagavan, among the nine planets. The temple is under renovation, and devotees can soon expect this temple with elegance. Knowledge, business, leprosy, poisonous bites are the aspxects of kethu planet.
AUSPICIOUS TIMES: All days are special, Abishekam to Kethu Bagavan is performed daily by 8.30 a.m. Prodhoshams are very special occasions.
POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR: Persons afflicted by Kethu dhosham are stricken with fears of dacoity, bad habits, loss of property, loss of face and putra dhosham . By praying to Kethu Bagavan, one can get rid of the dhoshams . Motcham , sight, property, land, gold, vehicle, fame, wife, children, happiness, unexpected property gains are the beneficial aspxects of Kethu Bagavan.
POOJA OFFERINGS: Kethu Bagavan is draped in multicolor, it is believed that offering pooja to KethuBagavan with red lily flower, kollu and fancy cloth will cure illness, prevent poverty and peedai .
AUSPICIOUS DAYS Six worship services are offered each day here.
POOJA TYPES: Poojas listed here are applicable for this temple only.
Pooja Name
Archana – KeezhaPerumballam
Parihara Archana – KeezhaPerumballam
Milk Abishekam – KeezhaPerumballam
Parihara Abishekam – KeezhaPerumballam
Dhosha Nivarthi Homam – KeezhaPerumballam

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