Thirunageswaram 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 to date.
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.
When amirtham emerged after churning of the
Paarkadal by the devas and the asuras, Lord Vishnu in the guise
of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to the devas.
Realising this, Rahu (an asura) with the help of 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 Rahu on the head with the spoon in his hand.
The head was cut off and fell on the ground. But because he had
consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The body
of the snake got attached to the head. Rahu takes his revenge on
Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them.
This is commonly called as eclipse. Rahu prayed to Lord Vishnu
(Narayana) and got the position of a Sayagraham.
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 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.
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
Naka Dhwajaaya Vidhmahe
Padhma Hasthaaya Dheemahi
Thanno Rahu Pracho Dhayaath
Ardha kaayam mahaaveeyram
Tham Raahum Pranamaam Yaham.
The one who has half a body and is full of valour, One who
opposes Chandra and Surya without fear, One who was born from
Simhika's womb, I prostrate that Rahu.
Propitiation of Rahu (Saturday)
CHARITY: Donate a coconut, old coins or coal to a
leper on Saturday.
FASTING: On the first Saturday of the waxing moon,
especially during major or minor Rahu periods.
MANTRA: To be chanted on Saturday, two hours after
sunset, especially during major or minor Rahu periods:
Rahu seed mantra: Aum bhram bhrim bhraum sah
RESULT: The planetary diety Rahu is propitiated
granting victory over enemies, favour from the King or
government, and reduction in diseases caused by Rahu.
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