Thursday, 14 December 2017

Mayuranathar Temple Mayiladuthurai | Temple For Dhanusu Rasi/ Dhanu Rashi/ Sagittarius People

Mayiladuthurai Mayuranathar Temple

A bit far from the Cauvery river is the Mayuranathar temple, Mayiladuthurai.  The temple is the abode of God Shiva, who is present here as a self-manifested lingam. The temple gets the name because Goddess Parvathi worshipped the lord here in the form of a peacock. Mayura means the peacock. The temple is vast and occupies 350000 square feet area, with its 9 tiered gopuram, which is of 165 feet high. When goddess Paravati persuaded to go to the yagna, her father Daksha conducted, she was insulted and so was her husband, God Shiva. So she took a form of a peacock and worshipped the Lord here. Also, you can find Tiruppariyalur Veerattam, where it is believed that the yagna was conducted by Daksha is found close to this temple, just 8 KM off. Another interesting fact is that there are 7 temples for the Sapta Matrikas, and this is one of them. All the other temples are also present very closely.


Architecture And Shrines

 Aadhi Mayuranathar has a separate shrine, and Goddess Parvati is seen here in the form of peacock worshipping him. Lord Muruga here is praised by Arunagirinathar in his hymns. While in rest of the temples, Lord Muruga receives his weapon, the Vel from his mother Parvati during Kandasashti, He receives here from Shiva. There is a shrine where Lord and His consort are both in the form of peacock. The evening prayers are first offered to Lord Nataraj.

The Linga here is facing west and is always dressed in red saree. This is to denote that the God and Goddess are one and the same. A rare form of Durga is seen here. She is seen with her foot on a demon, and 2 other demons on her side. There is a shrine where Lord Vishnu is seen worshipping Lord Shiva.

The shrine of Kudhambai Siddhar is also present here. There is a shrine for Kanakkadi Vinayakar, who is often prayed by devotees to take care of their accounts.

History / Story

The Mudvan Muzhukku theory started from this temple. When Nadha Sharma and his wife set on the pilgrimage to this temple to take bath in Cauvery for Thula Sthanam, they couldn’t make it. Thula month or Aippasi falls between mid of October to mid of November. The couple had reached only after 30 days of this month completed. Crestfallen, they worshipped Lord Shiva here, and he asked them to take bath in Cauvery before sunrise, and assured they will get complete benefit of Thula Sthanam. The same belief goes till now, as the Lord froze time for his devotees here. Devotees take bath on Karthigai first here.


Festivals

All the days of Aippasi, the Utsavar is taken to the banks to Cauvery and the Brahmotsavam festival is during Vaikasi, the Tamil month that falls during March and April.


How To Reach

This is the temple for the people born under the sign Dhanusu Rasi/ Dhanu Rashi/ Sagittarius. Reaching  here from Kumbakonam and Thanjavur is easy. and These places are connected with buses plying from all major cities.


Temple Timings

The temple is open from 7 Am to 12 noon, and 4 PM to 8 PM.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Srivanchiyam Vanchinatha Swamy Temple | Vanchinadha Swamy Temple For Leo Rashi/ Simma Rasi People

About

Various temples have set of practices that can vary a little bit. In certain cases, it can be a striking difference like in the case of Srivanchiyam Vanchinatha Swamy temple. This temple has its theerthavari on the 2 nd day of the Brahmotsavam, the yearly festival. In the rest of the temples, it is the mark of the end of the celebrations. This is an ancient and huge temple, which has to be often visited and worshipped by the people born under Simha or Leo constellation. The festival happens during Maasi Tamil month, which is during mid of February to mid of March every year. The final day pujas are dedicated to Lord Muruga. The Simha or Leo natives can find their problems going off with ease, when you visit this temple.


History

The history of the temple dates back to Kretha Yuga, and the architecture confirms its existence during the Chozhas. The huge temple is between Puttar and Mudikondan rivers. This temple is a granite structure that is one of the 6 sacred Shaivaite temples. Visiting any of these is considered equivalent to visiting Kashi. In fact, Sri Vanchiyam is considered important of all. The other 5 temples are Thiruvenkadu, Thiruvayaru, Thiru Mayuram (Mayiladuthurai), Thiru Vidaimarathur and Chaaya Vanam.

Interesting Fact

The temple has separate shrines for Yama and Chitragupta. Once Yama, the God of Death was worried that he is incurring the sins because of taking care of mortality of all the human beings. When he had to take the life of Markandeya, the Siranjevee, meaning the immortal, he was defeated by Lord Shiva at Thirukadaiyur. So, he came to Srivanchiyam to do a penance. When God Shiva appeared before him, Yama asked for a boon, which is to cast off the fear of death for who visit and worship Srivanchiyam Vanchinatha Swamy temple. For such noble thoughts, Yama gets importance here. Also, Yama wanted to be the vahana of God Shiva, which the God fulfilled in Kodikkaval.

Architecture And Shrines

This occasion took place on the star of Barani in the month of Maasi. Bhairava, the who is seen with the dog always, here is in the posture of doing meditation and there is no vahana here. Mahishasura Mardini here, stands on one foot, while her other foot is rested on the shoulders of the asura. It is said that doing prayers to Mahishasura Mardini here can keep off evil eye and witchcraft issues here. Arunagirinathar too worshipped Lord Muruga here. A separate shrine for Rahu and Ketu is seen here, where these planets are carved in a single stone. The temple is considered as sacred as Kashi.


How To Reach

This temple is 16 KM far from Thiruvarur, and can be reached via the Nachiyar Koil Highway. From Kumbakonam to Nannilam highway, this temple is just 2 KM far.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from 6 AM to 10:30 AM, and 4 PM to 8 PM.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ekambareswarar Temple | Temple For Vrischika/Viruchigam Rasi People - Kanchipuram Ekambareswarar

About

One of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam of Lord Shiva is the Ekambareswarar temple in Kanchipuram, the temple town of Tamilnadu. This temple is for the element of Earth. (Thiruvannamalai for Fire, Thiruvanaikal for Water, Kalahasti for Air and Chidambaram for Space are the rest). A very huge temple complex welcomes the devotees with a  very huge Nandi.


History

The history of  the temple dates back to 600 A.D. Goddess Parvathi as no separate shrine here as in other Shiva temples. But there is the Mavadi. This is a Mango tree where the Goddess prayed and did a penance to marry Lord Shiva. It is said to test her devotion Lord Shiva set the tree on fire, and She sought help of her brother Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took off the moon from  Lord Shiva which cooled the Goddess and the tree. Goddess here made a Linga from the sand and united with him here.

When the river Vegavathi flowed fast threatening to immerse the Shiva Linga, Goddess Parvathi hugged the Linga and Lord Shiva was pacified and stopped testing her. Hence the Linga is named, Thazhuva Kuzhanthai Nathar, which means Lord who melted with the embrace.


Specialities Of The Temple

Special pujas are conducted under the tree, to get married, to be blessed with progeny, job related issues and other obstacles in life. This mango tree is more than 3000 years old, and yields 4 different types of mangoes. The 4 varieties symbolize the 4 vedas.

Architecture

Ranging about 40 acres, this vast temple stands a sign of the Pallava, and Chozha architecture. Krishnadevaraya built the 172 feet high gopuram of this temple. 

Festivals

Wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati is one of the important festivals in the temple. This takes place during Panguni, the Tamil month that ranges between mid March to mid April. This is one of the temples that attract a huge amount of tourists.

Why This Place Is Recommended For Vrischika/Viruchigam/Scorpio Sign Natives?

One has to connect the dots why this place is recommended for the Scorpio or Vrichiga natives. These natives are under the influence of the planet Mars, which is closely connected to land related factors as per astrology. Again, Ekambareswarar temple is a temple for the element of Earth. Mars, according to Hindu astrology is the son of Earth. So, you would know how the dots are connected.

Timings

Morning: 6 Am To 1230 Pm
Evening:  Pm To 8.30 Pm

How To Reach

To reach the temple is easy, as too many buses are available from Chennai to Kanchipuram. Even as you enter the town, you can see the temple tower. The trains are also available from Chennai Beach and Park stations to Kanchipuram. One can also board trains from Tambaram and Chengalpattu.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Tiruttani Subramanya Swami Temple | Tiruttani Temple For Thula/Libra Rasi Natives | Tula Rashi Temple

About


One of the Six Abodes of Lord Muruga is Tiruttani. Subramanya Swami is how the Lord called here. Interesting stories revolve around this place, and this is the temple ,Thula natives should visit this temple to get all their wishes fulfilled. Situated on a small hill near Tiruvallur, this temple  is  often flocked by devotees with kavadi. This is a structure that resembles a balance, which is also the sign for Thula or Libra natives. When one has long pending wishes to be fulfilled, worshipping the Lord here can clear them off all the obstacles and the wish is showered on them. After fulfillment of the  prayers, the devotees bring balance like structures filled with milk , sweets, flowers, coconuts or any item of their choice here as a token of gratitude.

History

Historically there are lots of stories connected to this place. When Lord Muruga wanted to marry SriValli, he sought the help of his elder brother Lord Ganesha. The elephant god took the form of the elephant and chased SriValli. Terrified she ran only to be rescued by  Lord Muruga. They got into love eventually and ended up as happy couple here. It is also said when Lord Muruga was denied the mango, he went to Palani Hills as an ascetic in anger. Later looking for peace, he reached Tiruttani, and hence the name. Ttani means anger getting subdued. Once the sage Narada took a mango to Kailash and offered to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva gave it away to his sons, only to be stopped by Narada that the fruit should be consumed only by one and not to be shared. So, a competition was conducted to give it away as a prize. The competition was one has to go round the world and come back to Kailash. The winner would get the fruit. Lord Muruga flew off in his peacock, while his brother Lord Ganesha circumambulated his parents, calling them his world, and won the fruit. This irated Lord Muruga and hence the hills stand a mark.


Interesting Fact

There are also legendary stories that Lord Ram worshipped Lord Muruga here to get rid of Brahmahathi Dosha  which he acquired by killing Ravana. Also, Arjuna worshipped here when he moved towards South India for a penance.

Special Day

Krithika star falling in Tamil month of Aadi (between mid July to mid August) sees thousands of devotees flocking to this temple carrying the flower Kavadis or balance. Thula natives can visit this temple during their individual stars and offer lamps. It is also seen that on the December 31st devotees in huge numbers lighting camphor on all 365 steps of the temple and praying for a blissful new year. Though it is a new custom, devotees believe that the Lord will ensure them a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

How To Reach

The temple can be reached from Chennai Koyambedu bus stand. There are numerous buses from Tiruvallur.  Lort of Local and express train play between Chennai and Tiruttani. Tiruttani is also close Tirumala Tirupati, so you can pay the visit Tiruttani once you finish the Tirupati visit.

Opening & Closing Timings

The temple is open from 6 Am to 9 PM.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Karkadeswarar Temple Thirundudevankudi - Lord Shiva Temple For Cancer/Kataka/Karkataka Rasi Natives

About

Thirundudevankudi near Veppathur in Thanjavur district is where the Karkadeswarar temple located. Kataga or Cancer natives can be relieved from problems in life by visiting this temple. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Linga here is a Swayambumurthy, which means it is not installed by anyone, but existed naturally. While it is for all the Kataga natives, people born under Ayilya star should visit this temple for sure. It is said that people born under this star are short tempered, owning to which they might face lots of problems in their lives . Also, these people have different characteristics. They would be very active at times, and very lazy at times. They love jewelry and luxury. They are also can be called spendthrifts. Here, Lord Vinayaka is called Karkadaga Vinayaka. Placement of Kethu planet decides a lot of things for these people. Lord Vinayaka is the Lord of this planet. So worshiping him here, can help Kataga or Cancer natives a lot to cross the obstacles.


History

This temple is called by localities as Nandu koil, which means crab temple. The sign of Kataka/Karkataka Rashi/Rasi is the crab, and hence the name. The name of the place is derived from the fact, that Lord Indra worshipped God Shiva here. There is a moat closer and the temple is amidst the paddy fields. Once Lord Indra wanted to worship God Shiva here with 1008 lotus flowers, and asked Varuna to create 108 flowers each day. One flower went short every day. When Lord Indra kept a close watch, he saw a golden crab moving the flower from water to the Sanctum Sanctorum. When he was about to hit the crab, it disappeared in the hole on the Shivalinga. From then on, God Shiva here was called as Karkadeswarar. The crab was none other than a Yaksha who troubled sage Dhurvasa and ended up with a  curse to turn into a crab. Still the hole and the crab marks are seen on the deity when ablutions are performed.



Interesting Info / Speciality 

Tracing back centuries, this place was called Aushada Vanam. Lord here was called Aushadalaya. Aushad means medicine. This place had been a dispensary. God Shiva transformed into an old man and cured a King from a deadly disease. And he is called Arumarundu Deva. The goddess is called Arumarundu nayaki.

Tips For The Visit

Natives of cancer sign or Kataka rashi are advised to light sesame oil lamps in this temple, on Ashtami. They can also worship God Shiva on Tuesdays, New Moon days, and Saturday. Also on the star of Ayilya.

How To Reach

It is closer to Thirumangalakudi near Kumbakonam. It is 8 KM far from Thiruvidaimaruthur.

Timings

The temple is open from 9 Am to 1 PM and 4 to 7 PM. No options for boarding and lodging are available here, hence be prepared when you visit this place.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Temple For Mithuna Rashi People | Palani Hills Balathandayuthapani Swamy Temple | Mithuna/Gemini Rasi Temple

About

Gemini  or Midhuna Rashi natives should visit Palani temple, the temple dedicated to Lord Balathandayuthapani Swami. One of the 6 abodes of Lord Muruga, called the Arupadai Veedu, Palani hills are the tallest. Located near Madurai, Palani hills is a must visit mainly because of the interesting facts and how it differs from the rest of the Lord Murugan temples. The deity here, Bala Balathandayuthapani Swamy is said to be installed by Bhogar, a great Siddha. He is said to have come from China, and had powers that are astonishing. There is a small cave like structure present in the temple complex, which depicts the important events in the life of Siddhar Bhogar.

Palani Hills Balathandayuthapani Swamy Temple

Architecture

The deity here is made of Navapashanams. This means 9 materials or poisonous items. When mixed in the right amount, they can form a compound and is said to heal various diseases. This is why the Panchamirtham that is used for abishegam in this temple is very famous.  These 9 materials used by Siddha Bhogar are of immense power when used in the right ratio. They are veeram, pooram, rasam, jathilingam, kandagam, gauri Pasanam, vellai Pasanam, mridharsingh and silasat.

Speciality

Unlike most of the temples, the diety here gets alangaram or makeover 6 times a day in various forms. At the morning it begins with the Sanniyasi Alangaram , where the deity is dressed as a saint or ascetic. Vedan Alangaram or the hunter is how the deity gets dressed next. In an hour, the makeover is changed to be Balasubramaniar, which is the roopa of a child. Vaitheekal Alangaram is next followed by Raja Alangaram. Raja alangaram is said to be the most auspicious to look at. In fact, many devotees prefer worshipping the lord in this pose, when He is dressed as a King. Many also believe that when the Swamy is dressed as an Aandi, which is the pose of Dhandayudhapany or the Balasubramaniar, where the Lord holds a stick and wears only linen, one has to stay and worship as the King before leaving.

Palani Murugan Temple - Night View

Interesting Facts Of Palani Murugan Temple

Another astonishing fact about Palani temple is that the everyday finances of the temple are recited to the Lord in the Palli Arai, meaning the sleeping abode of the Lord.

Shrines

The inner ambulatory of the temple has 2 shrines, one for God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Another for Lord Muruga. The deity has larger ears, compared to the rest of the body. This implies that the God listens to the prayers and problems of his devotees keenly to solve them. There is a shrine of Lord Ganesha on the foothill and on top of the Palani Mountain.

A Place of Spiritual Evolution

This is a place for spiritual quest. A religious healing center is Palani. Spiritual evolution can be attained here.

How To Reach

It is easy to reach Palani from all over Tamilnadu. Buses ply from Madurai,  Dindigul, Chennai, Trichy and other major cities.  Nearest Airport is Madurai.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from morning 6 AM to 8 PM.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Temple For Taurus or Rishaba Rasi People | Tirumala Tirupati Temple For Rishaba Rasi People

Taurus or Rishaba Rasi/Rishaba Rashi Special Temple

Rishaba Rasi natives should visit Tirupati, on Mondays or Fridays to achieve success and cross over all the hindrances in their lives. It would be astonishing if one claims that he or she never knows about Tirumala. Yet, it is a divine feeling to describe about this temple. Located at the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirumala hills are 853 meters above the sea level. Consisting of the 7 hills- Garudadri, Seshadri, Neeladri, Anjanadri, Vrishabadri, Narayandri and Venkatadri, Tirumala is called the temple of 7 hills.


Why Rishaba Rashi People Should Visit Tirupati Temple

Tirumala is one of the 108 Divya Desams, the temples that are praised by the Alwars in their hymns. Of the 108, 106 are present in earth. The rest two are Vaikuntam and Paramapadham. The 6 Aradhanas, worshipping God 6 times a day, Ushakala, Prathakala, Madhyanika, Aparahana, Sandhyakala, and Ardharathri Aradhana are performed here. Another astonishing fact about this temple is the Laddu prasadham offered for the devotees. It is the only Prasadham, or the divine offering, that is to be recognized as the intellectual property with the Geographical Index (GI), a reputation offered for being associated with the origin.

About Tirupati Venkateswara Temple

Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala is the richest Hindu temple in world, in terms of receiving revenue. In fact, it was the richest temple in all categories until the assets of Tiruvananthapuram Padmanabaswamy temple was revealed. The temple is managed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam trust.


Architecture

The temple has 1180 stone engravings belonging to the various regimes of different kings. A few things followed in Tirumala are quite incredible in spite of the daily events. Inside the sanctum sanctorum only mud pots are allowed, and not the numerous silver and gold utensils. Also, the flowers used for the deity are left in the river behind, and never go out of the sanctum sanctorum.

Speciality

Tirumala Tirupati receives lakhs of devotees each day, and in fact is the temple to receive the highest number of devotees.  There are free entrances and entrances that cost ranging from 100 to huge sums are available. However, the bookings can be done only based on the availability. The devotees can also walk to the hilltop, and for such devotees the darshan is free and called divyadarshan.

How To Reach And Timings

It is easy to reach Tirupati from all parts of India. From here, numerous buses ply up and down throughout the day, except for the hours between 1 AM and 3 AM. This is the duration when no one is allowed to use the path to drive to the hilltop and no darshan does happen. In fact, the temple is open for all the 22 hours apart from these couple of hours.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Temple For Aries People | Rameshawaram Temple For Mesha Rasi / Mesh Rashi

Temple For Aries/ Mesh Rashi/ Mesha Rasi People

People born under Mesha rasi or the moon sign of Aries are under the influence of planet Mars. Visiting Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the jyotirlinga sthalas is a good option for them to achieve in life. They have to visit the temple on Tuesdays. Lets take a peep about this temple.

History/Story

When Lord Ram wanted to get rid of the sins he atoned after killing Ravana, he worshipped Lord Shiva here. When Hanuman was on the search for a Linga for Lord Ram to worship from Kailash to Sri Lanka, Lady Sita made a Linga for her husband from sand. It was getting late and Lord Ram worshipped this Linga, and this deity is named Ramanathar. When Hanuman was disappointed that his Linga was not used, Lord Ram named it Kasi Viswanathar. So, devotees worship Kasi VIswanathar before worshipping Ramanathar.


Architecture

Structured more than the Lingas and the huge temple, devotees are much focused on the wells. 22 wells or theerthams signify the 22 arrows from the quiver of Lord Ram. Bathing in these 22 theerthams are believed to be the cure of all misfortunes. In fact, it is believed visit to Kasi is not complete without the visit to Rameswaram. Of the 22, the first and the important one is Agni theertham, which is the Bay of Bengal. The rest of them are in the wells inside the temple complex. The temple also has the longest corridor in the world.
This is one of the Char Dams, the holy 4 pilgrimage centers of Hindus. The other 3 are Badrinath, Puri and Dwaraka.


Tips For Aries/Mesha Rasi / Mesh Rashi People To Visit Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple

When Aries or Mesha Rasi natives go to Rameswaram, it is important that they visit the place on Tuesday. It also would do good if they visit Danushkodi before visiting Rameswaram. Kothandarama temple in Danushkodi too has to be worshipped. Devipatnam is a closer by town of importance too.  There are 9 stone structures along the shore. These are believed to be installed by Lord Ram. When Lord Ram wanted to do puja to the 9 planets before waging the war, and installed structures using the sand in the shore. They are the navabashana structures, and are powerful to shoo off any problems caused by the nine planets. Another miracle is that these structures are immersed in sea water as the day moves on. Again at the dawn the water recedes to reveal them fully.

How To Reach

Reaching Ramewaram is easy from all parts of Tamil Nadu. One can board bus from Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Erode, Tanjavoor and other major cities. Trains are also available in good numbers.  Madurai and Tirunelveli Airports are near by airports.

Temple Timings

The temple is open from morning 4 to 1:30 PM and 3 PM to 8:30 PM.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Haridwaramangalam Temple | Padaleeswarar Temple Haridwaramangalam - Pancha Aranya Sthalam In Haridwaramangalam

About

Alankaravalli Sametha Padaleeswarar Temple (or) Padaleshwarar Temple (or) Padaleswarar Temple is located in Haridwaramangalam in Valangaiman Taluk near Kumbakonam. This is one of the Pancha Aranya Sthalam – the 5 temples that are to be visited in order in a single day- Thirukarugavur, Avalivanallur, Haridwaramangalam, Alangudi, and Thriukollambudur.

History / Legend

The history goes that when Lord Vishnu dug a pit in this place, the Linga rose by itself, as a Swayambumurthy. Lord Shiva broke the horn of the Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu, and hence the name Haridwaramangalam. Goddess Alankaravalli, Alankara Nayagi is considered as the power of Goddess Durga, and there is no shrine for Durga Devi here. Goddess here wards off problems of marriage related issues and child birth to the devotees. From the debts, God Shiva here as Padaleshwarar relieves His devotees.


Architecture

It is a staunch belief that worshipping here is equivalent to worshipping Haridwar. There are shrines here for Nataraja, Vinayaka, Kasi Viswanatha, Bhairava, Shani, Sun and Moon. Shrines for sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali too are present. Sapthamadhas too are present in this temple. The temple has a 3 tier Rajagopura, and this is a temple that is one of the Paadal Petra Sthlams. 275 Lord Shiva temples are praised in Devaram by 4 saints. In his hymns, Thiru Gnana Sambandar praises Lord Shiva here, which is the 216th hymn.

Festivals

Vaikasi Visakam which is during mid of May and mid of June, and Marghazhi Thiruvadhirai( during December – January) are celebrated here  with grandeur.

More Information

The temple has a huge complex, and unfortunately left unattended in many parts. When I entered into the temple,  in the evening on a day, the gates were open but none. As the temple is in a remote village, devotees flock rarely, and that too only in the morning hours. When I went there next morning, fortunately, the temple priest was available. It is quite usual that the temple remains with no priest after 12 noon.

Best Time To Viait

Visiting the temple for the noon puja hours is considered good for debt relief, marriage and child birth. For those who want to  do special offerings should get all the necessary materials in the town before reaching the temple. T


How To Reach

he temple is 22 km far from Kumbakonam, and 30 km from Tanjavur. Town buses ply from Tanjavur and Kumbakonam in decent numbers. If you are planning to visit here as a part of 5 sthalas, you can travel easily from Avalivanallur,  as it is just 3KM apart. 
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