'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.

Naganathaswamy - Rahusthalam "Thirunageswaram, Kethusthalam "Kizhaperumpallam

About the Temple:

Astrological texts describe Rahu , Kethu as being more powerful than the other seven planets. Rahu is the lord of fortune while Kethu is of wisdom. If Rahu is placed favorably in a person's horoscope, he will be bestowed with all prosperity in life. That is why Rahukala puja is recommended as remedy for those whose marriages are delayed. Now, Rahu-Kethu transits have taken place. Let us go to both Rahu and Kethu sthalas near Kumbakonam.

The Location of the Temple:

Rahusthalam : Thirunageswaram is situated east of Kumbakonam at a distance of 6 kms. The glory of this place has been praised by three Nayanmars in their Devaram songs. It is one among the 274 Chola shrines and it was here that Sekkizhar was blessed with wisdom by God. The temple, facing eastward, comprises four gopurams, three praharams and four streets that are used for car festival. On entering, we see the statues of Nirutha Ganapathy, Nandi and Lord Vinayaka. On the left side Surya Pushkarani and on the right a hundred-pillar mandap are located. In the interior, mounts are kept in the decorated mandap. And Navagraha sannadhi is also there.

Adjacent to the sanctum of the presiding deity, sannadhis of Vinayaka, Chandrasekhara, Muruga, Panchalingam and Goddess Lakshmi are situated. To the right, the sannadhi of Nataraja is located. To the south, sannadhis of Sekkizhar, Balaravayar and his mother are situated. Nandi, located to the right of Sekkizhar statue is a sculptural marvel. The sannadhi of Girigujambika deserves special mention. The statues of samana saints are kept around this sannadhi in the outer praharam. There's no abishekam for this deity as the deity is not made a silavigraha. During the Tamil month of Thai, She is bedecked with oil. The Vinayaka in this temple is known as Chenpaga Vinayaka and Sanru Vinayaka. The main deity is known as Naganathar and Nagesarar. Rahu sannadhi is on the south-west direction of the second praharam.

History :

The history of this shrine tells us about how Gods, devas and sages benefited by their prayers here. Sun God, Vinayaka, Gouthama, Nala, saints Parasara and Vasishta, Pandavas, Indra, Brahma and Bahiratha, snake kings Adhiseshan, Thakkan and Karkodakan etc. had sought and got redemption from their curses, sins etc. Sage Narguna brought back to life his children who died due to snakebite through his nonbu here.

The story of redemption of king Saambumali is quite interesting. This Kerala king incurred the wrath of sage Kalangiri when he could not give him the gold he asked for. The enraged sage cursed the king. When the king begged for his mercy the sage told him to go to Thirunageswaram, bathe in the temple tank there and pray to Naganathar and Mulaiyammai for redemption. The king carried out the sage's words and was redeemed from his curse. The king's figure has been sculptured on one of the pillars in the alangara mandap.

Special feature:

By performing abhisheka during Rahu-kaalam to Rahu bhagwan, all Rahu, Kethu and sarpa doshas are ridden of. The color of the milk changes from white to blue during abhishekam!

Kethusthalam :

Now, let us visit the Kethusthalam at Kizhperumpallam. The temple has been built with its sannadhi facing east. The temple tank called Nagatheertham is facing the temple. Those having nagadosha install figurines of serpent here under the Pipal and Neem trees. High walls surround the temple while there is no gopuram for the entrance. On entering the temple, going round the right side, we can see the statues of Vinayaka, Subrahmanya with His consorts, Durga, Lakshminarayana, Maheswari and Gajalakshmi. In the north praharam, sannadhis of Sanndeswar and Durga are situated. There's a well here. In the east praharam, sannadhis of Sani, Bairava, Sambandhar, Nagar, and Sun God are situated. Here, Kethu baghwan has been portrayed in a standing pose facing west. He has a human body and the head of a five-hood snake. His hands are folded in prayer. In the sanctum, adjacent to the mahamandap, Naganathar is portrayed in the form of a lingam. At the entrance of the sanctum, Siddhi Vinayaka is there. On returning, we can see Soundaranayaki deity in the south-faced sannidhi.

Kethu was an Asura by birth. His name was Sparbhanu in his younger days. His grandfather was saint Kasipa, his father was Viprasiddhu. His mother's name was Simhikai. When the devas and asuras churned the Ocean of Milk and obtained amirtha, Sparbhanu assumed the form of a deva and sat in between the Sun and the Moon Gods and drank the amirtha. The Sun and the Moon Gods informed Vishnu who had taken the avtar of a dazzling beauty Mohini about Sparbhanu. Mohini hit the head of the asura with the metal spoon in her hand. The asura's body was cut into two pieces, the body and the head. His head acquired a snake's body and became Rahu while his body got a snake's head to become Kethu. Both of them attained the status of a graha through penance. People started worshipping them along with the other seven grahas. As Kethu's color is believed to be red, he is worshipped with red flowers and adorned with red colored clothes.

When Devas and Asuras churned the ocean, they used Mantara Mountain as the churner and Vasuki, the king of snakes as the rope. Vasuki spewed his venom, unable to bear the pain. When devas and asuras prayed to Lord Shiva for help, He consumed the poison. Parvathy held His neck to prevent the poison from spreading. The poison had stayed in his throat and Lord Shiva came to be known as Neelakandan (blue throat). When the asuras, enraged at not getting amirtha, threw away Vasuki, he fell into a bamboo grove. Then, Vasuki prayed to Lord Shiva seeking to forgive him for the situation in which Lord Shiva had to consume his poison. When Lord Shiva appeared, he prayed that He should make that place his abode and redeem the Kethu dosha of those who came there and worshipped Him. His prayer was granted. He is seen here in the name of Naganatha with his consort Sowndaranayaki. Even today, the place where the temple is located is called Naganathan temple and the grove where Vasuki did penance is called Bamboo grove. Bamboo is the sthalavritcham of this place. People come here to neutralize their Kethu dosha.

Other Sthalams in the adjacent areas of the temple:

  • Thiruvenkadu, Bhudhasthalam lies at 6 kms distance in the north.
  • Thirukadavur Amirthakadeswarar temple lies at 15 kms distance in the south.
  • Velaperumpallam, also known as Thiruvalampuram temple lies at 2 kms distancein the west.
  • Vaitheeswaran temple, Sevvaisthalam lies at 10 kms distance in northwest. 

Worship procedure for Rinavimochana Lingeswar

Rinavimochana Lingeswar is portrayed here as blessing the devotees with immediate prosperity! After performing archana to Him, we should offer prayers to Goddess Mahalakshmi and Jeshta Devi. By offering archana on 11 Mondays and by completing our prayer with performing abhishekam on the 11th Monday, our debts will be cleared and prosperity will flourish. The deity will bestow whatever form of wealth one prays for  good married life, children, education, wealth etc. is the firm belief. Ekadasam means Laabhasthaanam. Monday is special for Lord Shiva. And, that's why 11 Mondays are prescribed.