Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one of the 9 Navagraha Temples around Kumbakonam and is dedicated to Rahu. The temple has a separate shrine for Rahu. Here Rahu Bhagawan can be seen with his two consorts Nagavalliand Nagakanni together. Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu and got relieved of a curse. A unique feature of the temple is that Rahu Bhagawan is seen with a human face.Usually in other places, Rahu is seen with a serpent face.
posture in the Southwest corner of this temple. Because of the serpent deity Ragu’s worship, the Lord here also has been called Naganathar, and this village Thirunageswaram.
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 Shenbaka forest and prayed to him to absolve his curse. So, we can see Sri Rahu Bhagavan with his two consorts in his marriage.
King Sambumali who had incurred the wrath of sage Kalyangiri, attained moksha after bathing in the temple tank and praying to the Lord and Ambal of this temple. Then the devas and asuras churned the Paarkadal to obtain amirtham that would free them from death, keeping them alive forever.
When the amirtham emerged, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to the devas. He was worried that the evil deeds of the asuras would increase multifold if they consumed amirtham. Realising this, one of the asuras with the help of the asura guru Sukrachariyar, took the form of a deva and consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran who noticed this, complained to Lord Narayana.
Lord Rahu bhagavan
Rahu prayed the siva and hence this place got the name thirunageswaram.here rahu bhagavan has manifested with both his consorts.at this sthala the colour of milk changes from white to blue during abhishekam.the snake had shed off its outer skin on rahu bhavan,which is preserved and worshipped to date.
In anger, Lord Narayana hit the asura on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground. But because the asura had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The body of a snake got attached to the head to become Rahu Bhagavan. Rahu prayed to Lord Vishnu (Narayana) and got the position of a Sayagraham. Rahu takes his revenge on Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them. People commonly call this an eclipse.
Who benefited from worshipping this sthalam?
vinayagar,suryan,gautama,nalan,parasarar,pandavas,vasishtar,indran,brahma ,bageerathan,chandrasekaran,adiseshan,kakkan karkodagan,sounagar,nargunan have prayed and benefitted at this sthalam.
Gopuram and pillars in Thirunageswaram temple
The Thirunageswaram Temple has vast prakarams, towering gopurams, and several mandapas. There are four entry towers with fort-like walls which surround the outermost prakaram. The Vinayaka temple, Balipeetam, and Nandeeswarar Mandapam are seen on the eastern gateway. Lord Rahu’s idol is placed in the south-west corner. The southern side of the temple has a water head with four mandapas, surrounded by a 100 pillar mandapam in a temple-car style. The mandapam is decorated by artistic pillars in all directions.
Why we worshiped Rahu bhagavan
Rahu is the source of plenty,kalathra dosha,puthira dosham,communicable diseases,mental disorders,leprosy,fall in grace are caused by Rahu dosha.praying to rahu at this sthala helps rid a person from these factors and also saves the person from all poisonous life forms.trips to holy places,gnanmarkam are his beneficial aspects.
Who worshiped this Rahu sthalam🙏
It is believed that by doing milk abhishekam here for Rahu during Rahu kalam the delay in getting married, childlessness, troublesome married life, ill-effects of Kala Sarpa Dosha and Sarpa Dhosha are all cured.
Deities in rahu temple
The adi devatha is durga and the prathyathi devatha is the snake.his colour is black,vahana is blue lion ,the grain associated with him is orid. The flower- mandarai:fabric-black cloth;gem-komedgam;food-rice mixed with orid dhal powder.
Festival in Thirunageswaram Rahu sthalam✨
Rahu ketu peyarchi
6.30AM to 12.00PM
5.00PM to 9.00PM
How to reach
- Air:✈ The nearest airport to Naganathaswamy Temple is Tiruchirapalli International Airport.
- Train:🚊Thanjavur railway junction has three rail heads leading to Tiruchirapalli, Kumbakonam and Thiruvarur.
- Road:🚌 Buses Available from Kumbakonam (8kms), 10mins of travel form Kumbakonam, buses also available from Tanjore and major towns such as Trichy, Madurai.
Hotels near the temple
Hotel BRR – http://www.hotelbrr.com/
Balaji residency in thirunageswaram – http://www.balajiresidency.co.in/