'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Arulmigu Seshapureeswara temple - Thirupampuram

The delay in marriage is usually attributed to some 'dosha' in the horoscope of the boy/girl to be married. Rahu - Kethu 'parihara' is considered as the main remedy for neutralizing the 'dosha'. Thirupampuram is the 'sthala' where both Rahu and Kethu as one single entity, worshipped the Lord.

History of the 'sthala'

The 'puranas' say that the serpent, coiled around the neck of Lord Siva, grew arrogant believing that the worship by Vinayaka of Lord Siva at Kailas meant worshipping him also. This enraged the Lord and He cursed that the entire serpent species lose their power. All the serpents worshipped the Lord at various 'sthalas' for redemption from the curse but as the Lord could not be pacified, they all came headed by Adisesha to Thirupampuram, worshipped the Lord and got redeemed from the curse. From that day, no death due to snake-bite is taking place there.

Adisesha, unable to bear the weight of the Planet Earth, prayed to the Lord. The Lord, pleased with the prayer of Adisesha granted his request and instructed him to worship Him at his abodes at Kudanthai, Thirunageswaram, Thirupampuram and Nagur on a Maha Sivarathri day. Adisesha carried out the Lord's instructions. He created a tank, bathed in it, made a string of 'athi' flowers with the aerial root of a banyan tree and worshipped the Lord offering the garland. From that day onward, the fig trees in this 'sthala' do not blossom and the aerial roots do not touch the earth.

The 'sthala' is glorified as having the greatness of the other five 'sthalas' , Kudanthai, Thirunageswaram, Nagur, Kizhperumpallam and Sri Kalahasthi. It is called a 'Panchalingsthalam' in being a temple that has been laid out to denote all the five faces of the Lord. The 'puranas' mention this temple as 'Sarvadosha pariharasthala'.

At this shrine, there's an 'urchavamoorthy' for Adisesha. The temple has the glory of being one among the 190 'thirusthalas' that have been sung in Devaram hymns. It is also glorified for its principal deity and the 'theertham'. The temple, dating back to the 7th century has stone inscriptions belonging to the periods of kings Rajaraja, Rajendra, Thiribhuvana Veeradeva, Kulothunga, Sundarapandiya and Serfoji. There's a moat around the sanctum. The temple has been sung by Thirugnanasambhanda, Thirunavukkarasa and Sundaramurthy in their verses.


The Thirupampuram Seshapureeswara temple has a majestic 'Rajagopura' and two 'praharas'. There's a niche temple at the southern side for Lord Siva, the deity is called Thirumalai Eswara. The statues of Rajaraja Vinayaka and Lord Muruga with His two consorts Valli and Devyani are seen at the corner. Adi Pampuresa has been installed under a 'Vanni' tree, the 'sthala vritcha' of the shrine. The 'sannidhi' of Goddess Vandarkuzhali has been built facing the eastern gate. She has been portrayed beautifully with four hands, lotus flower and 'Rudraksha mala' with Her one hand in a blessing gesture. To the east of the 'sannidhi' can be seen figures of Bhirava, Sun God, Vishnu, Brahma, 'Panchalingas', Adisesha, Rahu-Kethu and four Nayanmars. The temple has the regular features - sanctum, 'artha mandap', 'maha mandap' and 'muka mandap'. The 'urchavamoorthy' is kept at the 'Maha mandap'. Also, statues of Somaskanda, Natraja and Lord Muruga with His two consorts have been installed.

At the sanctum, Pampureswara has been portrayed in the form of a linga. Dakshinamoorthy has been installed to the south of the 'koshtas'. Sattainadha has a separate 'sannidhi' above the 'vimana' of the sanctum. He has been portrayed as in Sirkazhi temple. The Adisesha 'theertham' is situated facing the temple. The tank has been mentioned in the 'sthalapurana'. 'Kodimaram', Nandi and altar are situated according to 'agama' rules. The 'moola vigraha' of Adisesha and urchavamoorthy are kept at the temple. A statue of Lord Muruga along with His mount peacock can be seen under the 'vanni' tree. Except in the south, there are no 'koshta' deities in the other alcoves. At the northern part of the 'artha mandap', an idol of Goddess Durga has been installed. The 'Malai Eswara' temple has steps to reach the Sattainadha temple.

Rahu ' Kethu 'sthala'

The 'sthala' is called Rahu ' Kethu 'sthala'due to the reason that it was here that both Rahu and Kethu, as one single entity, worshipped the Lord. It is believed that all the 'doshas' would be neutralized by performing an 'archana' to the Lord with 'vilva' leaves and offering cow's milk as 'nivedhana' during midnight. During Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, the fragrance of jasmine and 'thaazhampoo' flowers can be felt indicating the presence of a snake inside the temple at some spot. It is believed that it enters the temple to pray to the Lord.

'Parihara' should be done if the following conditions are present:

  1. If there's 'kaalasarpa dosha' in the horoscope
  2. If the running 'dasa' is Rahu 'dasa'; (18 years)
  3. If the running 'dasa' is Kethu 'dasa' (7 years)
  4. If either Rahu or Kethu is placed in the 2nd or 8th house from the 'lagna'
  5. If the running 'bhukti' is Rahu or Kethu
  6. If there's 'kalathra dosha' in the horoscope
  7. If there's 'puthra dosha' in the horoscope
  8. If marriage is delayed
  9. If the person sees a snake in his/her dream frequently
  10. If the person has hit a snake either knowingly or unknowingly

Astrological remedies should be done here at this temple for all the above conditions.

Procedure for 'parihara'

  1. The person should sleep with urad dhal, horse gram and a coin bundled together in a 'vastra'.
  2. The next day morning, he should bathe in the Adisesha 'theertham' and donate old 'vastras'.
  3. He should light up seven 'deepams'.  
  4. After performing 'abhishek' to the presiding deity, Ambal, Rahu and Kethu, he should worship the snake hill.
  5.  He should do 'annadhanam'

Address of the temple:

'Arulmigu' Thiruseshapureeswara temple (Rahu ' Kethu 'sthala') Thirupampuram, Kudavasal taluk, Thiruvaroor District.

Route .

The temple is situated at 3 km distance to the south of Karkathi near Kollumangudi which is located en route Kumbakonam ' Karaikkal. Buses ply from Peralam and Mayiladuthurai.