• Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Alangudi Apatsahayeshwarar Temple(Guru Sthalam)

    (Guru Sthalam)

    About

    Alangudi is the divine place, where Lord Guru can be propitiated in the form of Sri Dakshinamurthy. This sacred shrine of Jupiter is renowned for its tri-glories, i.e. Moorthy (The Presiding Deity), sthalam (Place of divinity) and theertham (The Holy Water). Lakhs of people throng his place, particularly on the day of Jupiter’s transit to the next sign., to solicit Jupiter’s protection from afflictions. Lord Jupiter’s benign look (Drishti) can shower a lot of blessings from him. He is Deva guru. He is also known as Brihaspathi, due to his excellence in education and fine arts, possessing supreme intelligence.

    Alangudi is the holy abode of Jupiter and a divine place where one could propitiate Jupiter. Lord Shiva is manifested here in the form of Lord Guru. Sri Dakshinamurthy is to be worshipped as Guru Bhagwan here. Alangudi is renowned for its ‘triglories’ i.e Moorthy (The Presiding Deity), Sthalam (Place of divinity) and Theertham (The Holy Water).

    History

    Alangudi guru bhagavan

    274 Sthalams of Chola Country have been sung in Devaram and Alangudi is one among the 127 Sthalams, situated on the southern banks of Cauvery river. Sage Sukha, Rishi Viswamithra, Sage Agastya, Adisankara and several other hot men have worshipped at this shrine. The Lord of this Sthalam is Swayumbhu (Natural origination of the idol). Hence, the period of this temple could not be fixed accurately. The temple has existed from ancient times.

    When the Devas and Asuras were churning the celestial ocean, Palazhi, the snake Vasuki who was used as the churning rope emitted deadly poison (Alam visham). To protect the Universe, Lord Shiva drank the poison. Hence Lord Shiva came to be called as ‘Abathsahayeswarar’, meaning ‘savior’ and the place came to be known as ‘Alangudi’. Some legends say that Guru worshipped Lord Shiva in Alangudi.

    Festivals in alangudi temple

    Guru peyarchi

    Transit day of planet Jupiter from one zodiac sign to the next with special pujas, Poornima day (Full moon day) in the month of Chithirai (April-May), Thai poosam in January-February, Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Car festival for Lord Dakshinamurthy are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

    Thiruvizhagal festival

          Pancha Paruva Urchavam, Special Darshan on monthly Guru Varams, Gurupeyarchi (Transgression of Guru Bhagavan from one sign of Zodiac to another sign) Guruvara Darshan on Masi Maham, 1008 Conch Abisheka Festival, ten days Maha Festival during Chitra Pournami and the Guru Bhagavan car festival on the tenth day and Laksharchanai during Guru Peyarchi are celebrated grandly.

    Abishegam for guru

    Performing Guru pooja with milk abhishekam to the main deity (Moolavar)  at any time during the year is considered as very auspicious for all.

    By performing Abhishekam to the main presiding deity is  thanking Guru Bhagwan and it is widely believed that such an abhishekam will result in a lot of benefits including peace of mind, good health and abundant wealth.

    Pariharam for guru peyarchi

    Jupiter or Guru Graha is regarded as the most divine and benefic planet in astrology. Guru is considered a teacher and also known as Brihaspathi. Guru is also considered as a Purohit or Mentor of Gods. Brihaspati is the ruler of all planets and is responsible for intelligence, wisdom, religion, knowledge. If the placement of Guru in your horoscope is weak, it will bring unhappiness and cause evil effects.  All the malefic effects of the Guru Graha dosha can be overcome by performing this Parihara Homam.

    When to Perform Pariharam for Guru ?

    Pariharam for Guru is best suited to perform on Thursday, the date can also be fixed based on one’s Janma Nakshatram.

    Benefits of  Pariharam for Guru

    • If Jupiter remains in favour we become a religious, faithful and wise adviser. It also represents expression and intellect. Guru is the planet for wealth and prosperity.
    • Performing this Homam or Parihara helps in reducing the malefic effect of the Guru Graha and helps in bringing material and spiritual development.
    • This Parihara helps in bringing peace and harmony, promotes financial prosperity and accelerates the functioning of business and stability.

    Temple timings :

      6.00 AM to 1.00 PM 

    4.00 AM to 8.30 PM   

    How to reach alangudi guru temple

    Alangudi can be reached via bus services from Kumbakonam side, where the nearest railway station is around 14 km away, or from Thiruvarur side as well. Buses and open auto-rickshaws are easy transportations in Alangudi.

    Hotels near the temple

    Siva murugan hotel – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g790279-d2556288-Reviews-Sivamurugan_Hotels-Kumbakonam_Thanjavur_District_Tamil_Nadu.html20.6 km from Arulmigu Abathsagayeswarar Temple

    Hotel metro in kumbakonam –  http://thehotelmetro.com/20.9 km from Arulmigu Abathsahayeswarar Temple

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Thirunallar Dharbaranyeswarar Temple(sri saneeshwaran temple)

    Sri Saneeswaran Sthalam

    About

    The Saneeswaran Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples, where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva but the temple is known for Lord Saneeswaran [Saturn] who is the doorkeeper here for Shiva. It is believed you can only see Lord Shiva after seeking blessings from Saneeswaran.

    Thirunallar Temple is the popular temple of Lord Shani Dev. The temple comes under the Pondicherry Union Territory jurisdiction. The temple situated between two beautiful rivers-Arasalar and Vanchai attracts a lot of devotees from different parts of India. According to the legend, the famous King Nala was relieved from the adverse influence of Shani (Saturn) after worshipping here at this very temple. The other attractions of this temple are the holy chariots, marble steps for devotees to light the sesame lamps and the theerthams (holy bathing places). The Nala theertham is believed to be the most sacred one. The temple is visited by people on Saturday which is believed to be the day dedicated to Lord Shanidev.

    History

    lord saneeshwaran

    Lord Shiva is in the form of Dharbaranyeswarar here. Long ago the place where the temple is situated was a dense forest of Darbha Grass, and thus Shiva is worshipped as Dharbaranyeswarar, and the temple got its other name Dharbaranyeswarar Temple. The idol of Lord Shiva here, depicts him performing one of the seven dance forms of Shiva himself and therefore the temple is one of the “Saptha Vidanga Sthalams”. The lingam worshipped here is a Swayambhu Lingam, which means it is not man made, rather it is a self-manifested Lingam.

    Saneeswaran is the son of Chaya Devi and Lord Surya, and even a mere sight of him is said to be destructive. As per Hinduism, Saneeswaran is believed to have profound influence in one’s life. There is an interesting legend behind this temple which proves the effects of Saneeswaran, and it goes like this- King Nala who was a great ruler and was gifted with all the happiness in life. At some point of his life he fell under the influence of Ezharai Sani and lost his kingdom, separated from his children and wife, and walked and wandered on streets like a beggar. That is when Bharadwaja Muni, a sage, asked him to visit Thirunallar and worship Dharbaranyeswarar. It was only after a dip in the holy tank here that he got free of the effects of Saneeswaran. Shiva after this asked him to stay there and bless all his devotees. In this temple you can see Saneeswaran pose his hands as Abhayahastha, which means he offers blessings to his devotees.

    The Dharbaranyeswarar temple is also known as a place where Lord Shiva passed the knowledge of Vedas and Shastras to Lord Brahma.

    Festivals

    Sani peyarchi

    Sani Peyarchi festival is the most celebrated festival of the Saneeswaran Temple. It is a 2 day long festival conducted every two and half years when Sani [Saturn] changes its rashi or position.

    Shivaratri Festival is celebrated during the months of February- March every year and the traditional Brahmotsavam festival during the Vaikasi month.

    About sani peyarchi

    As per vedic astrology, Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan resides in each Rasi or Zodiac Sign for 2½ years and moves from one sign (house) to the next in the Zodiac once 2½ years. This day is celebrated as “Sanipeyarchi Festival” at the sacred shrine of Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan at Thirunallar.

    Sani peyarchi festival

    During Sanipeyarchi Festival, Ashtotra Archana, Thilasoorna Naivedhya Archana, Sahasranama Archana, Latcharchana, One Mandala (48 days) Ashtottara Archana, Navagraha Shanti Homams, Golden Chariot Procession of Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan, Thila Deepam Worship, Mahayaga Ekadhasa Rudhrabishegam, Annadhanam and other special pooja ceremonies are performed for Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan, in a very pious manner, in the name of the devotees, business establishments and prasadams are served.

    Ezharai sani

    Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan’s sight influences the course of one’s life, blessing them with good life depending on one’s deeds, sins and virtues. He is just and gives us the results based on our karma or deeds. At the end of Ezharai sani (7½ years Sani Period), he generously gives a life which will be a permanent yogam in one’s life. Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan is Ayulkaragan or Protector of Life and possesses the power to cure hereditary diseases. He also gives mental zeal to face tough situations in life. Lord Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan showers his blessings like a Kamadhenu to his devotees surrendering unconditionally.

    How to pray the saneeswaran

    • · In the morning take a holy bath in the Holy water tank called Shani Theertham. Gingelly oil has to be applied on the head before the bath and a piece of cloth like a banian or underwear must be left on the banks of the tank (not inside the water as people do by mistake).
    • · After getting dressed visit the nearby Kalitheertha Vinayaka shrine and offer prayers and break coconuts after surrounding it over the heads three times.
    • · Go to the main temple and light lamps with gingelly oil (Nallennai) with a bunch of black Til (Ellu) which can be packed in a piece of cloth put in a Akal Vilakku (Lamp made of mud) (you can buy oil and ‘ellu’ called as sesame seeds or til and cloth and prepare or buy readily available inside the temple).
    • · Then perform Archanas to Lord Shiva, Ambal and other Gods finally in the shrine of Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan. Chant a few mantras and slokas of Lord Sani before his Shrine. Sit peacefully for some time and do meditation praying to the Lord to relieve your sins.
    • · They should offer Ellu Sadam or Rice mixed with sesame seeds (til rice) as nivedhana and distribute to devotees and poor peoples. This food item is a good pariharam for Lord Shani which can be prepared in the house and distributed at the temple. Read here for a simple recipe for preparing Ellu sadam here.
    • · Pilgrims can further perform Navagraha Shanti Homas (a Pooja to satisfy and calm down the anger of the planets). Devotees can offer money in the hundi in the temple and donate cows to the temple. Devotees can also shave their heads and offer the hair.
    • · Devotees can offer abhishek to Lord Darbaranyeswara with milk, rosewater, tender coconuts, curd, Dil oil, sandal paste, sacred ashes (Vibuthi) and new clothes. Devotees can offer Sari to the Goddess Bogamartha Poonmulayal, light lamps in her shrine and feed the Yatris visiting the temple.

    Lord Saneeswaran or Saturn is generally known to affect one adversely on occasions when he occupies certain positions in one’s horoscope. A prayer to him in the Thirunallar Shani Temple, especially on Saturdays, is said to reduce the hardships one will have to face during these periods. Lord Saneeswaran also bestows many benefits to the devotees who pray sincerely to him. He is ruled by Lord Yama.

    Timing in Thirunallar temple

    All days of the week

    6:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    How to Reach?

    The Saneeswaran temple is situated at Thirunallar, a small town in Karaikal. Karaikal is a Union Territory of Pondicherry. You can easily connect the temple by air, rail or road.

    By Air:

    The nearest airport is Trichy International Airport which is 168 kms away from Thirunallar. Get down at Trichy Airport and grab a taxi or go for a Tamil Nadu Government Transport bus to Thirunallar.

    By Rail:

    Nagore Railway Station is the nearest to the temple, just 10 kms away. There are a lot of trains passing through Nagore, therefore you can easily catch a train from mostly any part of the country.

    By Bus:

    The nearest city is Thanjavur which is 100 kms towards the West. Pondicherry is 135kms towards North and Trichy, 168 kms towards West. You can board a Tamil Nadu Government bus to Nagore and connect Thirunallar.

    Online ticket booking

    http://www.thirunallar temple.org.e.seva

    Hotels near the temple

    AVS Imperia – http://www.avsimperiaa.com/ – 3.4 km from Thirunallar Temple

    RR Residency – http://www.rrresidency.co.in/ – 4.7 km from Thirunallar Temple

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Keelaperumpallam Naganathar Temple(Ketu Sthalam)

    Keelaperumpallam Naganathar Temple(Ketu Sthalam)

    About

    Keelaperumpallam (Keezhperumpallam) temple or the Kethu temple or the Kethu Navagrahastalam is one of the navagraha temples offered by the temple town of Thanjavur.Keelaperumpallam temple, associated withLord Kethu, is situated about 6 km from Thiruvenkadu route Poompuhar-Mayiladuthurai road. The sanctum sanctorum of Keelaperumpallam temple abodes Lord Naaganaadaswamy and his consort Goddess Ambal who is in the North West direction. The idol of Lord Kethu can also be seen in the sanctum as worshipping Lord Naaganaadaswamy. 

                            Holy Water : Naga Theertham

                            Temple Tree : Bamboo (Moongil).

    History :

    The story of the temple is, when Devas and Asuras were trying to take the nectar using the snake God ‘Vasuki’ and she started spilling the poison. To save the world Lord Shiva drank that poison and suffered. So the snake God Vasuki was concerned that due to her Shiva had to go through the pain and she worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of any Dosha that was caused. Lord Shiva also appeared at this temple and awarded her wish to come true. Snake God Vasuki requested Lord Shiva to stay in this temple. Here the Snake God is appearing as a human body with a snake head. Here the Snake God (Kedu) is appearing in a separate Sannidhi with the worshiping position towards lord Shiva. The poojas are conducted for Kedu during ‘Rahu kalam’ & ‘Yamagandam’ (different time of the day as per hindu panjangam)

    Vasuki performed strict penance here in seeking pardon for the mistake. Impressed with the penance, Lord Siva appeared before Vasuki and stayed here on Vasuki’s request. Hence the deity called by the name Naganatha Swamy.

    Prominence of the Shrine

    Lord ketu

    Here Lord Kedhu is in a separate Sannidhi. Offering worship here wards off all adverse effects from Ketu planet and brings one all good.planet ketu with his separate head and human body is facing west on his simha (lion) seat with folded hands worshipping lord shiva.There is no navagraha temple as ketu has all the prominence.

    Naganathar 

    Other Deities : 

    Nataraja, Somaskandar, Murugan ,Ganesha,Ambal.

    Who worships ketu?

    Those facing some adverse aspects of this planet,pray first to lord naganatha and ketu.

    offerings

    Red flowers and horse gram(kollu) as nivedya and light sevan deepas. 

    Poojas in kethu sthalam

    Poojas are performed in ketu at rahu kalam and yamaganda times  90 minutes each day is covered by these times.

    When to Perform Pariharam for Ketu ?

    Ketu homa

    Pariharam for Ketu should be performed on Tuesday, the date can also be decided based on one’s Janma Nakshatra.

    Benefits of Pariharam for Ketu

    • This Homam brings material and Spiritual development by getting rid of all the malefic influence of the Ketu planet.
    • Positive results will nullify the negative or malefic effects of the Graha by performing this Graha Shanti Homam.
    • Performing this Graha Shanti helps the person to avoid uncertain accidents, misfortune, any disease, and evil.

    Prayers in kethu sthalam

    Lacking courage and those aspiring in trade and undertakes,the welfare of succeeding generations pray to lord ketu and naganathar.

    Temple Festivals : 

    The departure of Ketu

    The departure of Ketu, Panguni Thiruvonam, Thiruvadhirai, Arudhra, Thirukkarthigai, Navarathri, Shivarathri, Pradhosham worship, Vinayagar Chathurthi

    Temple Timings : 

    6.00 am to 12.00pm

    3.00 pm to 8.00 pm

    How to reach Keelaperumpallam Temple?

    By Air

    The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 63 km away.

    By Train

    Temple is 55 km from Kumbakonam station.

    By Bus

    The direct bus is available from Kumbakonam to the temple.

    Hotels near the temple

    Hotel aadhi – https://hotelaadhi.com/ 

    Golden tower – https://www.goldentowerhotel.it/en/index 

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple (Budhan sthalam)

    Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple (Budhan sthalam)

    About

    Located at Thiruvenkadu(one of the Navagraha Sthalams), this very old temple is dedicated to Lord Budhan or Planet Mercury who is said to bestow wisdom and intellect.It’s a very big temple that has a lot of deities including Lord Shiva each with its own significance.

    While it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is famous as the sacred place of worship of Budha Graha, the planet Mercury, who is one among the powerful Navagrahas, the nine planets. Thiruvenkadu is a village located in the Nagapattinam district in the southern part of the state. Shiva is enshrined here as Swetaranyeswarar or Thiruvenkaattu Nathar. His consort is Brahma Vidya Nayaki.

    History

    The name of this place in Sanskrit is “Swetharanyam” (“Sweth” means white and “Aranyam”means forest). In Tamil, this can be translated as “Venmai” meaning “white” and “Kaadu”meaning forest.Hence this place is called “Thiruvenkadu”. The lord here is known as “SriSwetharanyeswarar”. Lord Shiva here is also praised as Thiruvenkadu, ThiruvenkaattuDevar, Thiruvenkaadaiyar and Thiruvenkaattu Peruman.

    Mythology

    Lord budhan

    It is believed that Budhan performed his penance here and was relieved from his “ali dosha”.

    Brahma adhishtanam

    Another legend associated with this temple is that of Lord Brahma. It is believed that Lord Murugan imprisoned Lord Brahma for not being able to explain the meaning of “Pranava Mantra” Aum / Om).  Lord Shiva himself went to Lord Murugan and explained to him the importance of Lord Brahma’s work which was being put on hold due to his captivity.  Lord Shiva then got Lord Brahma released. Because of the imprisonment, Lord Brahma forgot the Brahma Gnanam” (his duty of maintaining balance in the world).

    Legend says about this budhan sthalam

    A legend about the temple associates a demon called Maruthuvam, with this place. The Asura obtains many boons from Lord Brahma and begins to harass the Devas and others. When the celestial beings seek refuge in Shiva, he advises them to go and live in disguise in Thiruvenkadu. The Lord then sends Nandi, his mount, to take on Maruthuvam and he manages to subdue the demon. But Nandi gets injured in the battle. This infuriates Shiva who then creates Agoramurthy, the fierce form of his own wrath and directs him to punish the Asura. When this Agoramurthy confronts Maruthuvan, the demon immediately surrenders to this mighty form and pleads for mercy. He also beseeches the Lord for the blessing that people worshipping Agoramurthy in Thiruvenkadu will not have any enemies or enmity with anyone. And this Agoramurthy is worshipped with piety in the temple as Agora Veerabhadhra Murthy.

    Lord Indra, his mount Airavata (the white elephant), The Sun God , The Moon God, Agni (The fire God) and Budha, (The Mercury) are some of those who are said to have worshipped the Lord here.

    Deities in thiruvenkadu budhan sthalam

    Lord budhan

    Other than the shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, shrines and idols of Vinayakar, Murugan, Vallabha Ganapathy, Swedha Maha Kaali, Bairavar.

    Swetha Vanna Perumal, Pancha Lingams, Nageswarar, Veerabhadrar, Suhasana Murthy, Idumban, Viswanathar with Visalakshi, Angala Parameswari, Gajalakshmi,Nalvar,63 nayanmars.

    There is a separate shrine for lord budhan.

    Important place of thiruvenkadu

    Pattinathar

    Apart from being a place of religious importance, Thiruvenkadu remains a place of historical significance too. This is the birthplace of the great philosopher saint Pattinathar, who was born here in Thiruvenkadu carrying the name of Thiruvenkadu. While saints like Meikkandar, who sang the composition Sivagnana Botham and Thiruvenkadu Nangai were also born here, Siruththondar, the Saivite Nayamar, stayed here when he was young.

    Prayers in budhan planet

    Budhan blesses one with good education, knowledge, eloquence, music, astrology, mathematics, sculpture, medicine, scholarship in languages. Offer Green cloth & Full Green Moong Daal (pachchai paruppu) to Budhan here. Malefic effects of Budhan can cause problems related to respiration like asthma and bronchitis, speech impediments and nervous disorders. Budhan is considered as the wisest of all the planets.

    Festivals 

    Agora murthy

    • Indhira festival
    • Gokulashtami
    • Navaratri
    • Agora poojai
    • Shiva dhiksha

    Temple timings

    From 6.00am to 1.00pm

    4.00pm to 9.00pm

    How to reach the temple

    • Air: The Trichy International airport is the nearest airport, 8 km away from Thanjavur. Bangalore and Chennai airports are also nearby. 

    • Road: Buses are available from Sirkali and Mayiladuthurai. 

    • Rail: Trichy Junction is nearby, 58 km from Thanjavur. Regular trains are also available from Trichy to Chennai and Madurai.

    Hotels near the temple

    Hotel kanakabhishegam – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g4013769 – 13.48 km from the thiruvenkadu temple.

    Hotel pams in thiruvenkadu – https://www.ebookers.com/Thiruvenkadu-Temple-Hotels.0-l553248621562260772-0.Travel-Guide-Filter-Hotels 

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Vaitheeswaran Temple (Sevvai Sthalam)

    Vaitheeswaran Temple (Sevvai Sthalam)

    About

    Vaitheeswaran Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located in Tamil Nadu  India. Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the “God of healing” and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha [nine planets] temples associated with the planet Mars [Ankaraka]. The village is also known for palm leaf astrology called Nadi astrology in Tamil. It is located 7 kilometer from Sirkali , 235 kilometer from Chennai, 27 km from Chidambaram,  110 km from Thanjavur  and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai.

    Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the “God of healing” and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases.

    History

    This Shivashtakam is a well known, well visited shrine with towering Gopurams; hailed as one of the 9 Navagraha Sthalams, sacred to Mars – Angarakan [Angaaragan] it is visited by thousands of people. It is located in close proximity to Sirkazhi and Chidambaram. The Singaravelar – Subramanya shrine is also of importance here. There are several literary works about this shrine. Ramalinga Adigalar has sung its praises. Thiruvenkadu is also located near Vaitheeswaran Koil.

    Shiva lingas are said to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka. It is believed that 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.

    Prasadam for devotes

    His consort is Thaiyalnayaki, who accompanies him with a vessel containing medicinal oil.  There is also a sannidhi for the divine healer, Dhanvantri, in this temple.

    The medicine which Shiva is believed to have given Angakarakan is made from the ashes of the Homa kundam, in front of the Subramanya shrine, is called Thiruchendur Urundai.  Rituals are performed where a mixture of earth and ashes from the homa kundam are shaped into pills and placed at the Thaiyalnayaki shrine and distributed.  This is the mail prasadam in this temple and is believed to cure every type of illness.

    The Temple complex and Deities

    Vaitheshwarar

    The main deity of the temple is Vaidyanatha Swamy, who is believed to have arrived here as a vaidyan or healer, in response to the prayers of Angarakan[Mars] to cure him of the leprosy he was suffering from.

    Vaitheswarar temple pillars

    This is a vast temple with several mandapams and gopurams. The Navagrahams are in a single file as in Tiruvarur and a few other places.

    A long corridor line with pillars on either side marks the entrance to the Vaitheeswaran Koil.  It is to be noted that this Shethram was called in the puranas as Pullirukkurelur.

    Deities:

    Vaidyanathaswamy and ThaiyalNayaki are the presiding deities of this temple. The Selva Muthukumaraswamy shrine here is also considered to be of importance. Shiva Lingams are said to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka.

    Significance feature 

    Significant feature in the temple construction is that the western tower allows the rays of the Sun to fall on the Shiva lingam for a few days every year. 

    Festivals:

    Brahmotsavam (annual festival) is celebrated during the Tamil calendar months of Panguni and Thai [January–February]. The Karthigai festival during November is also celebrated with pomp and glory. Kantha Sashti, a festive occasion for Subramanya, is celebrated in the shrine of Muthukumaraswamy.

    Holy water in vaitheeswaran temple

    Holy water in vaitheeswaran temple

    The holy waters of the Siddhartham tank within the temple complex contains nectar and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.

    Vaitheeswaran temple is a padal petra sthalam

    The temple is revered by the Tevaram  hymns of 7th century Saiva nayanars  – Tamil saint poets and is also classified as a Paadal Petra Sthalam [temple revered by the nayanars]. 

    Timings

    6.00AM TO 1.00PM

    4.00PM TO 9.00P.M

    Hotels near the temple

    Srinivas guest house – https://www.booking.com/hotel/in/sri-nivas-guest-house.html12.5 km from Vaitheeswaran Koil

    Hotel PAMS – http://hotelpams.in/12.6 km from Vaitheeswaran Koil

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Navagraha Temples in Kumbakonam

    Navagraha Temples in Kumbakonam
    Navagraha Temples in Kumbakonam
    Navagraha Temples in Kumbakonam
    Navagraha Temples in Kumbakonam

    The Navagrahas, nine grahas or celestial bodies, comprise Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Angarakan (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani(Saturn), Rahu and Ketu (the two nodes of the eclipses- the Solar and the Lunar)

    List of 9 Navagraha Temple:

    Name of the TempleLocation
    Surya/SunSuryanar Koil
    Chandra/MoonThingaloor
    Angarakan/Mars/ChevvaiVaitheeswaran Koil
    Budha/MercuryThiruvengadu
    Guru/JupiterAlangudi
    Sukran/VenusKanchanoor
    Shani/SaturnThirunallar
    RahuThirunageswaram
    KetuKeezhaperumpallam
    List of 9 Navagraha Temple

    The meaning of Graha


    The word Graha means “ to attract”. These celestial bodies are believed to affect the physical and mental condition of human beings. The grahas are considered to have both a malevolent as well as benevolent influence on the day-to-day course of one’s life.

    Nine planets as nakshatra

    The nine planets appear to move in the celestial sphere with reference to the stellar constellations known as Nakshatra (Stars). There are twenty-seven Nakshatras which are repeated in a HIndu Calendar every month. The movements of these bodies with respect to the Nakshatras are said to control a person’s destiny including his thoughts and deeds, status and prosperity. The worship of Navagrahas makes the planets that are in auspicious situations offer increased fruits of benefits for one’s actions while the planets which occupy less desirous situations tend to remove the evil effects of a person’s karma.

    Deity in navagraha temple

    The Navagrahas are considered to be intermediaries between the principal deity in the temple, almost always Shiva and the worshipper. They each are in charge of specific areas of concern to the devotee, be it health, wealth,pursuit of knowledge, professional gain or just about anything else. The belief is that worshipping the specific graha for the specific need gets the devotee the boon he craves.

    How to pray for navagraha?

    When in a temple, you must always go to pay your respects to the Navagrahas only after you have worshipped the other Gods. When performing a pooja, offer prayer to the other Gods first and then do the Parihara to the Navagrahas. It is said that you should only go around the Navagrahas nine times on a Saturday.

    Why are there no Navagrahas in Vishnu temples?

    Navagrahas ,The Nine Planets of Hinduism play a vital part in a Hindu’s Life. Vaishnavism believes that since one surrenders before the Supreme God, Vishnu, there is no necessity of any special attention to the Navagrahas. 

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Kanjanur sukran temple (sukran)

    Sukran Sthalam

    About 

    The Agneeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple in the village of Kanjanur, 18 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Sukra (Venus). However, the main idol in the temple is that of “Agneeswarar” or Shiva. In accordance with the Saivite belief that Shiva is all-pervading, Sukra is believed to be located within the stomach of the idol of Shiva.

    History

    This shrine is also referred to as Palaasavanam, Brahmapuri, Agnistalam and Neelakudi. Agni is said to have worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Agneeswarar. Lord Brahma is said to have been blessed with a vision of Shiva’s marriage with Parvathi here. The temple was built by the Medieval Cholas and renovated by the kings of the Vijayanagar Empire. The important feature is that the oil Abhishekam performed to the main Siva lingam is fully absorbed by the idol.

    It is believed that Lord Brahma installed Linga here and offered prayers, hence the name Brahma Linga. There is no separate shrine for Sukran and said that Sukran resides in Lord Siva’s stomach.

    During Vamana Avatar, Lord Vishnu who disguised himself as a Brahmin boy poked Sukran’s eye for which he lost his vision. His vision was restored after performing penance for Lord Siva at this place.

    Lord Siva once taught Sanjeevani Mantra to Sukracharya, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Siva. With this mantra, Sukracharya can revive life. Sukracharya once used this mantra to revive Asuras, who lost their lives during deva-asura battle. Lord Shiva angered with this act and swallowed Sukracharya. Sukracharya started meditating for Lord Shiva from the inside stomach. On Karpagambal’s request Lord Shiva let Sukracharya out. From then on Sukracharya is very devoted to the Goddess.

    Deities

    Lord Sukran

    Kanjanur is the temple for performing ‘Kalathra Dosha Pariharam’ for Lord Sukiran.  Lord Shiva named as Agneeswarar is the presiding deity and his consort is Goddess Karpagambal.Lord Agni one of the Ashta Dhik Bakalars is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswarar for the Lord Shiva here.  There are quite a few Shiva Lingams in the praharam, including one supposedly installed by King Kamsa.

    Lord Dakshinamurthy (Guru) is always seen with a demon being crushed under his feet. The demon signifies ignorance.

    Pariharam for sukran temple

    pariharam for Sukran should be performed on Fridays, or the date can also be decided based on one’s Janma Nakshatram or the birth star.

    • A person attains Stability, financial prosperity, and overall Material development by performing this Homam.
    • Performing this Homam enhances love and bliss and healthy family relations.
    • Any malefic effect caused by the Shukran planet can be overcome by performing this Pariharam.

    Festivals 

    Festival
    • Maha Shivaratri
    • Arudra Darisanam
    • Navaratri 
    • Aadi Pooram

    Temple timings

    07.00 AM – 12.30 PM     04.00 PM – 08.00 PM

    How to reach the temple 

    By Air

    The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 121 km away.

    By Train

    The nearest railway station is at Kumbakonam which is 17 km away.

    By Bus

    The direct bus is available from Kumbakonam to Kanjanoor Temple.

    Hotels near the temple

    Mantra koodam -? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie 5.6 km from Suriyanar Koil

    Hotel le garden – https://www.hotellegarden.com/6.7 km from Suriyanar Koil

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Suriyanar koil (suriyan)

    Suriyanar koil (suriyan)

    About 

    Suryanar Kovil is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Hindu Sun-God, located in Suryanar Kovil, a village near the South Indian town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. The presiding deity is Suriyanar, the Sun and his consorts Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi.

    The temple is considered one of the nine Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu. The temple is one of the few historic temples dedicated to the Sun god and is also the only temple in Tamil Nadu which has shrines for all the planetary deities.

    History

    Lord Suriya Naraianar

    It is believed that the planetary deities were cursed by Brahma to dwell in Vellurukku Vanam, the white wild flower jungle and were blessed by Shiva to make it their abode to devotees. As per Hindu legend, Sage Kalava was suffering from serious ailments along with leprosy. He prayed to the Navagrahas, the nine planet deities. The planets were pleased by his devotion and offered cure to the sage. Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, was angered as he felt that the planets have no powers to provide boons to humans. He cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy and were sent down to earth in Vellerukku Vanam, the white wild flower jungle. The planets prayed to Shiva to relieve them of the curse. Shiva appeared to them and said that the place belonged to them and they would have to grace the devotees worshipping them from the place. This is the only temple where there are separate shrines for each of the planet deities.

    The current granite shrine is believed to have been built by the Srivijaya King.He is the native of sri vijayam it is nearby Indonesia. In modern times. The temple is mentioned in the songs of Muthuswami Dikshitar, who has composed a song starting with “Suryamurthe” in Saurashtra ragam.

    Festivals 

    • Ratha Saptami 
    • Vijaya Dasami
    • Brahmotsavam festival.

    Prayers in Suriyanar Koil

    Suriyanar

    a) It reduces the malefic effects of Kalathra Dosham

    b) Good career and education

    c) Removes Putra Dosham

    d) It removes the hurdle for the marriage.

    Method of worshiping the suriyanar

    Devotees are first required to have the Darshan of Prananatheswarar and Mangalambigai at Thirumangalakudi before visiting Suryanar Koil. Thirumangalakudi is known as Panchamangala Kshetra. The name of the place is Mangalakudi.First, we should worship venue theertha vinegar.Then we worship nataraja in nataraja mandap.before worshiping suryanar visalakshmi and kasi viswanathan and after worshiping suryan then worship guru bhagavan who is facing the surya bhagavan.

    Important feature in suriyanar koil 

    Planet/Graham: Sun;Sthalam: Suryanar koil; Colour: Red;Grains: Wheat;Vehicle: Seven Horse Chariot;Flower: Red Lotus.

    Special homam, Archana and Abhishekam are arranged at the temple during the planetary transit amongst the birth stars.

    Temple Timings:

    06:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

    How to reach the temple?

    By Train

    The nearest railway station is Aduthurai which is in between Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai railway line.

    By Road

    Buses available from Kumbakonam, can be reached in 30 minutes of time (18km).

    By Air

    Nearest airport is Trichirappalli.

    Hotels near the temple

    Mantra koodam – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie5.6 km from Suriyanar Koil


    Hotel le garden – https://www.hotellegarden.com/6.7 km from Suriyanar Koil.

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple(chandran)

    Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple(chandran)
    Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple(chandran)

    About 

    The Chandiranai Temple is a Hindu temple in the village of Thingalur,The presiding deity is Soma (moon). However, the main idol in the temple is that of “Kailasanathar” or Shiva. The temple is considered one of the nine Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu. The temple is one of the nine Navagraha temples of Tamil Nadu and is a part of the popular Navagraha pilgrimage in the state – it houses the image of Chandra (Moon). Kailasanathar Swamy temple is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to planet Moon, called Thingal in Tamil language. There is a separate shrine for Lord Moon.

    This Chandra Navagraha Stalam Thingaloor is named after the Tamil word, ‘Thingal’, which means Chandra or Moon. As most of the other Navagraha Temples of Tamilnadu, Kailasanathar Temple is also a Shiva Stalam and the main deities worshipped here are Kailasanathar(Lord Shiva) and Goddess Periyanakiamman(Goddess Parvati).

    History 

    This Chandra Navagraha Stalam Thingaloor
    This Chandra Navagraha Stalam Thingaloor

    This place is said to be of prime significance to an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, who went by the name- Appudhi Adhigal. He served as a great influential, and taught people how great the Guru was. He didn’t engage in meditation, nor did he actually pray to Lord Shiva, he was only fixated on another devotee of Lord Shiva who was called Saint Thirunavukkarasar. He named both his sons after the man, adding a ‘senior’ before the elder son’s name and a ‘junior’ before the younger son’s name. He set up many charitable organizations and all of them were named after the saint. He believed that offering help or service to a disciple or a follower was like offering service to God, himself. Figurines of Apputhi Adigal and his family members have been mounted in the shrine, as a mark of respect to them. When a serpent bit into his son, it was saint Tirunavukkarasar who saved his son’s life by making use of his ondru kolum thevaram. A renowned poet, who goes by the name Sekhizar, has told Appudhi’s story in the forty six verses of the Peria Puranam.

    Unique feature in this thingalur temple

    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 Thingalur 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.

    Ragu and  Ketu

    The devas and asuras were churning the parkadal using the mandhira malai and the snake vasuki.The asuras held the head portion of the snake and the devas,the tail portion.when lord vishnu was distributing the amrutham amongst the devas,at the behest shukracharya,one of the asuras in the guise of a deva consumed the nectar.

    Shiva blessed Chandran with the power to grow back to full size in 15 days after being consumed by Rahu.  That is why we have the waxing and waning moon.  Shiva also blessed Chandran by adorning Chandran on his forehead so that anyone who prays Shiva will have to pray Chandran.

    Speciality in thingalur temple

    Thingalur is the sthalam for chandran.Thingal in tamil meaning chandran.chandran is the lord of kataka rasi and he faces the south-east direction. The adi devatha is water,prathayathi devatha is gowri, his colour is white and his vagana is  white horse.

    Devotes offerings for god chandran

    Devotes offerings for god chandran
    Devotes offerings for god chandran

    The grain associated with him is paddy,rice,flower – white arali, fabric – white cloth, gem – pearl,rice – curd rice.

    Deities in kailasanathar temple

    Deities in kailasanathar temple
    Deities in kailasanathar temple

    Lord chandran

    Lord chandran
    Lord chandran

    Lord kailasanathar

    The main deity in this temple is kailasanathar and the thayar is a periyanayaki amman.The Moon god is located in a separate shrine.The other deity is lord ganesha,lord subhramani swamy,lord dhakshinamoorthy,lord chandikeswarar,goddess gajalakshmi. 

    Prayers 

    Chandra Dosha for mother’s health ,removing obstacles in marriage in marriage talks,child boon.

    Thingalur Kailasanathar temple is important for first rice feeding of the infant child known as Anna Prasanam

    Offerings in thingalur temple

    Moon god to offer white oleander flower, cloth in white colour and raw rice with jaggery and paddy.

    Festivals

    • Pournami festival
    • Maha shivratri festival
    • Thiruvadhirai festival
    • Panguni uthiram
    • Thirukarthigai

    Timings

    Morning Hours: 7 am  – 1 pm

    Evening Hours: 4 pm – 9 pm

    How to reach 

    By air

    The nearest domestic airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport or Trichy Airport, 90 km east of Kumbakonam. 

    By train

    The nearest railway station is Ariyalur railway station which is 29 Km from the temple.

    By road  

    Thingalur Temple is about 36 km from Kumbakonam, on the way to Thiruvaiyaru. 

    Hotels near the temple 

    Hotel parisutham http://www.hotelparisutham.com/12.7 km from Chandra Sthalam Thingalur (Kailasanathar) Temple.

    Sangam hotel in kumbakonamhttps://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie13.9 km from Chandra Sthalam Thingalur (Kailasanathar) Temple.

  • Temple of Karnataka

    Murudeshwar Temple in Karnataka

    Murudeshwar Temple in Karnataka
    Murudeshwar Temple in Karnataka

    About

    At a distance of 2 km from Murudeshwar Railway Station, Murudeshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Murudeshwar, Karnataka. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Karnataka, and among the must include places Murudeshwar Tour Packages.Murudeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the main places to visit in Murudeshwar. The town was earlier known as ‘Mrideshwara’ and later renamed as Murudeshwar after the construction of the temple.

    History

    This temple is situated on a small hill called Kanduka Giri, bounded by the sea on three sides. The temple was built with Chalukya and Kadamba sculptures in the Dravidian style. The temple is mainly built of granite. It has a 20-storey high Gopura guarded by two life-size concrete elephants at the steps leading into the temple. The tower is 249 feet tall and is considered the tallest Gopura in the world. The entire temple complex, including the 249 feet tall Raja Gopura was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr. RN. Shetty. In the sanctum, Lord Shiva graces in the form of Linga, 2 feet below the ground.

    The Geetopadesha, Sun chariot, and the sculpture of Lord Ganesh receiving the Atma Linga from Ravana are the other sculptures built on the Kanduka hill. The 123 ft high Shiva statue is the second largest Shiva sculpture in the world and has become a landmark of Murudeshwar. As one ascends the hillock, there is a statue of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This is a great place to watch the sunset.

    Maha Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated at this temple on a grand scale, attracting thousands of people from Karnataka and the nearby states.

    Mythology

    According to the legend, Ravana brought the Atma Lingam from Mount Kailash. Lord Ganesha using his trick fooled Ravana on his way to Lanka and put down the Linga on the ground at Gokarna. Angered by this, Ravana tried to uproot and destroy the Linga. The broken pieces of the lingam were cast away. The covering cloth of the lingam fell at Kanduka Giri and the Murudeshwar temple was built at the site.

    Special features in murudeshwara temple

    Special features in murudeshwara temple
    Special features in murudeshwara temple

    Idol of murudeshwara

    If you want to witness the world’s largest Shiva idol, then veer to Murudeshwara. 

    The stunning colossal Shiva idol awaits for your visit. 

    Other than that this temple holds the first place in having the tallest Raja Kopura in India. 

    This splendid divine space has the best picturesque scenery and lovely ambiance.

    This temple is encased on all three sides by Arabia Sea.

    The 249 feet Raja Kopura is sheer work of excellence and the statue of Shiva in sitting posture makes the onlookers tongue tied, adding to it the two life size elephants on either sides of the threshold gives the temple a majestic look. 

    This temple is fully furnished with modern amenities and there are even lift facilities inside the Raja Kopura for the better view of Lord Murudeshwar.

    The piece of Original Atma Linga is believed to be buried two feet underground; devotees can visit this Linga and can do self pooja to the Lord.

    Atma-linga

    Atma-linga
    Atma-linga

    Ravana and Atma-Linga The legend says, Ravana had acquired Atma-Linga from Lord Shiva on a condition that he should not keep it on the ground before reaching Lanka. Devatas didn’t want Ravana to gain immortality and become powerful. So they devised a plan.

    Murudeshwar Temple
    Murudeshwar Temple

    The Modern Architecture Murudeshwar Temple is one of the popular temples in Karnataka. It has a blend of modern and traditional architecture. The statue was built by Kashinath and financed by a business man named R.N.Shetty.

    Festivals 

    The temple celebrates the festival of Maha Shivaratri that falls in the months of February-March and Kartik Poornima that falls in the months of November-December with fervor and zeal.

    Why must tourists visit the Murudeshwara temple?

    When it comes to travel and tourism, Karnataka is perhaps one of India’s most underrated states. It is simply amazing how one state can be home to such a wide variety of tourist spots. With part of the Western Ghats adorning this state, it is abundant in lush green natural beauty. It is located on the southwest coast of India which means it has some spectacular beaches facing the Arabian Sea, like the Om beach in Gokarna. And then there are the historic ruins of Hampi which attract many history enthusiasts. But what really makes Karnataka an amazing Indian destination worth visiting are its temples. Be it their architecture, their religious significance, their history or their location, most temples in Karnataka are alluring, to say the least. One such temple is the famous Murudeshwar temple located in Murudeshwar. It is one of the best Shiva temples in India

    Timings:

     3 AM – 1 PM 

     3 PM – 8 PM

    How to reach  the temple

    By air

    The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, which lies 153 kilometers away from the temple.

    By train

    The nearest railway station is the Murudeshwar Junction, which lies over 2 kilometers east of the town.

    By road

    State and private buses frequently ply to and from Murudeshwar from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Udupi, Kochi, and Mumbai.

    Hotels near the temple

    Aryan residency in murudeshwar temple –  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie

    RNS residency with sea view in murudeshwar temple – 

    https://www.naveenhotels.com/RNS-Res