|GODS and GODDESSES|
Sthala varalaru, dosham and remedial measures
The king of the nagas, Rahu prayed
to Lord 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. On 16.2.86, a snake
had shed off its outer skin on Rahu Bhagavan, which is preserved and worshipped
The abode of Uppiliappan, which is
also hailed as 'South Tirupathi', is situated very close to this temple.
Of the 127 temples located to the South of river Cauvery, this temple is
amongst the most prominent.
Suryan, Vinayagar, Gautamar, Nalan,
Parasarar, Pandavas, Vasishtar, Indran, Brahma, Bageerathan, Chandrasenan,
Adiseshan, Kakkan Karkodagan, Sounagar, Nargunan have prayed and benefited
at this sthala.
King Sambumali who had incurred the
wrath of sage Kaalangiri, attained moksha after bathing in the temple tank
and praying to the Lord and Ambal of this temple.
The devas and asuras churned the
Paarkadal to obtain amirtham that would free them from death, keeping them
alive for ever. 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 will 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. 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. This
is commonly called as eclipse.
Rahu is the source of plenty. Kalathra
dosham, puthira dosham, communicable diseases, mental disorders, leprosy,
fall in grace are caused by Rahu dosham.
Praying to Rahu at
this sthala helps rids a person from these factors and also saves the person
from all poisonous life forms. Trips to holy places, Gnanamarkam are his
The sthalam of Rahu is Thirunageswaram,
which is located 6 kms from Kumbakonam, enroute to Karaikal. The presiding
deities are Naaganaadar and Girigujaambigai. He faces the South-West direction.
The Adi Devatha is Durga and the Prathyathi Devatha is the snake. His colour
is black, his vahana is blue lion; the grain associated with him is orid;
the flower-mandarai; fabric-black cloth; gem- Komedagam; food-rice mixed
with orid dhal powder.