Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram Rahu Sthalam - History, Timings, Festivals & Address

Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram Rahu Sthalam


Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram Rahu Sthalam

Naganathaswamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Tirunageswaram Village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam Town in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is also known as Rahu Stalam. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the nine planet elements, the Navagraha Sthalams, and specifically Rahu. Presiding Deity is called as Naganatha Swamy / Nageswarar / Shenbakaranyeswarar. There are two goddesses in the Temple namely Kundramamulai Amman / Piraiyanivanudalumai and Giri Gujambika. The Temple is considered as one of the Pancha Krosha Sthalams around Kumbakonam.

The Temple is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Thevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 146th Paadal Petra Shivasthalam and 29th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery. This is one of the 44 Paadal Petra Sthalams where the “Moovar” (the three saints - Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Tirunavukkarasar (Appar) and Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar) had rendered their Pathigams. Saint Arunagirinathar had praised Lord Murugan of this temple in his revered Thirupugazh Hymns.

The Thirunagechurappuranam which was written by Singaravelu Pillai contains sufficient information about the temple. The temple is another masterpiece which exhibits the Chola style of architecture. The Chola King Kanadarathitya (950 AD-957 AD) changed it into a granite edifice. The temple is situated on the southern bank of the river Cauvery. This Temple is a very famous Parihara Sthalam for Raahu dosham. This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE). 

Naganathaswamy Temple Legends

Thiru Nageswaram

All the Ashta Maha serpents – the eight great serpents- (Ananthan, Vasuki, Thatchakan, Karkodaka, Sankapalan, Kulikan, Padman and Mahapadman) along with Adiseshan worshiped Lord Shiva here. Hence, Lord Shiva here is praised as Thiru Naga Nathar (Nagam means snake and Nathar means the Lord in Tamil) and the place gets the name Thiru Nageswaram.

Indra Relief from Sage Gautama Curse

As per Hindu legend, Indra was cursed by sage Gautama as he misbehaved with the latter's wife Agalya. Due to the curse, a bad smell was emanating from his body. To obtain deliverance from the sage's curse, it is said that Indra worshipped Giri Gujambigai with a scented material termed Punugu for 45 days.

Maha Pralayam

According to Hindu mythology, at the end of every Yuga, there is a huge flood called Maha Pralayam occurs and the whole world immerses in a deluge on account of the wrath of Hindu god Shiva for the sins committed by humans in earth. Lord Brahma prepared himself for the next cycle of creation. He put all the seeds from which creation would sprout in amrita (the elixir of immortality) along with four Vedas and Puranas and kept them together in a clay pot. On top of the pot, he placed a coconut with mango leaves and wrapping around the pot’s neck a sacred thread. He then placed the pot on the peak of Mount Meru in the Himalayas.

When the Maha Pralayam started, it destroyed all living creatures on the earth. The Amutha Kalasa also got displaced and started floating on the seas for years. Eventually when the Pralayam stopped, the Kalasa settled in Kumbakonam. The drops of nectar are believed to have fallen onto five shrines around Kumbakonam, namely Mahalingeswarar Temple at Thiruvidaimarudur, Airavateshwarar Temple at Darasuram, Naganathar Temple at Tirunageswaram, Swaminathaswamy Temple at Swamimalai and Sundareswarar Temple at Koranattu Karuppur.

Ragu Bhagavan Relief from Sage Sushila Curse

Once, Saint Sushila cursed Ragu Bhagavan (Sun’s Ascend Node), one of the nine orbiting planets. To absolve his curse, Ragu worshipped Lord Siva in Kumbakonam Keelkottam in the first quarter of the night – First Jamam and Senbakaranyam in the Second quarter, and Thirupampuram in the Third quarter, and Nagaikaronam in the Fourth quarter and at last at Usha time came to this holy Senbaka forest and prayed to him to absolve his curse. Not only was Rahu liberated from his curse, but he was also granted the boon of liberating devotees from Naga Dosham who come here and offer their sincere prayers.

To prevent devotees from fear of invoking the blessings of a Snake God, it is believed that the venom is washed away in the milk abhisheka that is performed every day when the milk turns blue. It is also to take away the fear of devotees that Rahu provides darshan in an Abhaya Varada Posture with Naga Valli and Naga Kanni by his side in the southwest corner of this temple. In memory of this event, Rahu goes on a procession across the four big streets of Thiru Nageswaram on Maha Shivarathri in Maasi and then invokes the blessings of Lord Naganathaswamy.

Churning of Milk Ocean

The Devas and asuras churned the Parkadal to obtain Amirtha that would free them from death, keeping them alive for ever. When the Amirtha emerged, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the Amirtha only to the Devas. He was worried that the evil deeds of the asuras will increase multifold if they consumed Amirtha. Realizing this, one of the asuras with the help of the Asura guru Sukracharya, 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. Because the Asura had consumed Amirtha, his head and body continued to live. Raahu prayed to Lord Shiva of this temple for forgiveness. It is believed that Lord Shiva has restored him back to life by placing the severed head on a snake’s body. Lord Shiva also blessed him and gave him a place among the nine planets. Rahu takes his revenge on Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them. This is commonly called as eclipse.

Mother Parvathi is Worshipping Lord Shiva here

According to legend, Lord Shiva had asked Goddess Parvathi to go to earth and perform penance because she had punished Sage Birungi severely. Lord Shiva also told her that Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswathi will accompany her. Goddess Parvathi selected this place (Thirunageswaram) to perform her penance. Pleased with her penance, Lord Shiva blessed her with his darshan and took her back to Mount Kailash. Goddess Parvathi is praised here as Sri Girigujambal.

The Goddess is said to be Swayambhu as she is present in the form of Meru. Hence, no Abhishekam (ablution) is performed for the image. It is believed that Mother is still worshipping Lord Shiva here with Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Ganesha, Muruga and Shasta. Maha Bhairava is still believed to be guarding and assisting the divine mother during her prayers.

Shenbakaranyeswarar

According to legend, in ancient times, this region was a forest densely covered with Senbaka trees. Hence this place gets the name Shenbakaranyam and the lord is praised as Shenbakaranyeswarar.

Historical Names

The historical names of this place are Shenbaga Vanam and Girikannikai Vanam.

King Sambumali Attained Moksha here

King Sambumali who had incurred the wrath of sage Kaalangiri, attained moksha after bathing in the temple tank and praying to the Lord and Mother of this temple.

Poudiga Purana

Poudiga Purana contains the fact that Lord Shiva once told his consort Umadevi about Senbakaranyam, now called Thirunageswaram and its renown.

Sage Gautama re-united with his wife Akalika

Sage Gautama was re-united with his wife Akalika after worshiping the Lord Shiva here.

Emperor Nalan Regained his Lost Wealth

Emperor Nalan regained his lost wealth after praying to Lord Shiva of this Temple.

Pandavas Regained their Kingdom

Pandavas regained their kingdom after worshipping Lord Shiva of this Temple.

Chandra Varman got cured of his Curse

Chandra Varman, who had been turned into a dog due to a curse, was restored to his original form after he took a dip in this temple’s holy water and worshiped the lord here.

Adhikara Nandeeswarar

Nandi attained the status of Adhikara Nandeeswarar after worshipping Lord Shiva here.

Ganapathy

Lord Vinayaka attained the status of Ganapathy (the head of Ganas, the attendants of Lord Shiva) after worshipping Lord Shiva here.

Sage Brinki got the Darshan of all the three Goddesses

It is believed that Sage Brinki got the darshan of all the three goddesses (Parvathy, Lakshmi and Saraswathi) simultaneously here.

Depiction of Parvathi in three forms

This is the only place where Goddess Parvathy is depicted as a child in the morning, a young girl in the noon and in the evening as a fully-grown woman with knowledge of the 16 arts.

People Worshipped Lord Shiva here

Suryan, Vinayagar, Nandi, Pandavas, Sage Vashishta, Indra, Brahma, Chandrasenan, Aadi Sesha, Dakshan, Karkotaka, Emperor Nala, Sage Gowthama, Sage Parasarar, Sownaka, Nargunan, Bhagiratha and Rahu Bhagawan worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) History

The temple is another masterpiece which exhibits the Chola style of architecture. The Chola King Kanadarathitya (950 AD-957 AD) changed it into a granite edifice. An inscription inside the temple provides insights into the construction and renovation of the temple in its current form and structure by Kanadarathitya Chola. There are 16 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Chola kings Kandarathithan, Rajaraja and Rajendra I.

Sekkizhar, who wrote the famous “Periya Puranam”, was an ardent Shiva devotee. He renovated this temple in the 12th century and built a hall in the second corridor. It is believed that he received Thiruvadi Gnanam from Lord Shiva in this temple. Thiruvadi Gnanam means that the lord’s feet are placed on a devotee’s head. He also built a temple in his native place, Kundrathur near Chennai, and named that with this temple’s name – Thirunageswaram.

In recognition of his contribution, his sculpture along with those of his mother and brother are seen inside the temple. There is also a grand festival celebrated in Vaikasi in memory of Sekkizhar. Govinda Dikshitar (17th century A.D.) a minister to Achuthappa Nayak constructed the outer Mandapam. Sambumali, a King built the beautiful Surya Pushkarini beautifully. The roof and other renovation work were done by Arimalazham Annamalai Chettiyar.

Gnaniyar Swamigal, the great Saiva scholar, who was the pontiff at the Mutt at Thiruppapuliyur, was born here. The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabhishekam) took place on 15.08.2005. This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE). 

The temple covers an area of 630 ft. (190 m) South-North and 800 ft. (240 m) East-West with concentric sub lanes and four major streets around the four sides. There are four gateways along the four sides with entry towers (gopuram) and a surrounding compound wall. The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. The second level Rajagopuram is of 4 tiers. There are 6 other towers (Gopurams) in this temple. This temple has three corridors.

The temple structure begins at the Central Gopuram with a long Prakaram (pathway) immediately thereafter. The temple campus encompasses exclusive shrines for Naganatha Swamy (Shiva), Pirayani Amman (Parvathi), Giri-Gujambigai (Parvathi) and Rahu with his spouses. The temple is designed and structured in such a way that it allows the sun rays inside the temple only in the month of Chithirai (April - May) and therefore it is called as Soorya Kottam.

In the broad pathway on the third precinct, there is a flower garden on the northern side. The Vinayaka shrine, Bali Peetam, Nandikeswara hall and flag post are located in the eastern entrance. This Ganapathy shrine is said to have been installed by the great saint Sadasiva Brahmendra along with a Ganapathy Yantra. An inscription in the temple bears testimony to this fact.

On the southern side there is the water head with four Mandapams on around with a 100 pillar Mandapam in a temple car style. There are artistic features on its eastern wall. On remaining area, there is a big Car Parking available for the devotees. The 100-pillared hall has beautiful sculptures. It looks as if the entire hall is placed on a chariot.

The second precinct has a granite floor and enshrines the Rahu shrine in the north eastern corner. The path leading to the main shrine in the second precinct has a hall decorated with Nayak style pillars with yalis. The hall was constructed by Govinda Dikshitar, the minister of successive Nayak rulers, Achuthappa Nayak (1560–1614) and Raghunatha Nayak (1600–34). In the front hall on the eastern side, artistic pillar with older and nine horses design is found, while similar pillars are found on the southern side as well.

There is a hall in the northern side with pillars decorated with yalis used for staging idols during the festive occasions. The renovation work in the western walls was done during 1929 with artistic inscriptions. In the path way to main shrine, there are art works depicting Veda Nayakas, king Sambumali and penance pose of Ambal.

Sanctum

Presiding Deity is called as Naganatha Swamy / Nageswarar / Shenbakaranyeswarar. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested). The sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala and Arthamandapam. The Dwarapalakas images on each side at the entrance of Naganathar shrine are made of Chunam clay. Narthana Ganapathy, Nataraja, Agasthiyar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbhavar with Brahma & Mahavishnu and Durga are the Koshta Idols located around the sanctum walls, Chandikeswarar can be seen in his usual location. Behind the sanctum sanctorum, on either sides of Lord Lingothbhavar, there are idols of Lord Mahavishnu and Lord Brahma in a worshipping posture. Devotees can enjoy the darshan of all the three lords (Trimurthys) – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This is considered to be very auspicious.

Piraiyanivanudalumai Shrine

There are two goddesses in the Temple namely Piraiyanivanudalumai and Giri Gujambika. They are housed in respective shrines. Kundramamulai Amman / Piraiyanivanudalumai’s Shrine is situated adjacent to sanctum (on the left side). Piraiyanivaal Nuthal Ammai (“Pirai” means Chandran (moon), “Anival” means “to wear” and “Nuthal” means forehead in Tamil). Every year, during the Tamil month of Karthigai, on the full moon day, the rays of Chandran fall on this goddess. Lord Murugan’s shrine is in between those of Lord Shiva and Goddess Piraiyanivaal Nuthal Ammai. This type of placement is called “Somaskanda”.

Girigujambikai Shrine

Goddess Girigujambikai has a separate shrine inside the temple campus in northern side. Her shrine is situated opposite to the Temple tank. Her shrine is like a separate temple and is facing east. This goddess is shown in a yogic posture. This idol is made of clay (sudhai) and no abhishekam is performed. Only civet (Punugu) is applied on some specific days. On her either side, idols of Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswathi can be seen. Saraswathi is holding her veena and Lakshmi is holding lotus flowers.

Idols of Vinayakar, Balamurugan, Nava Shakthi, Sanganidhi, Thathpurusha Sakthi, Padumanidhi, Ganga, Vaishnavi with Sanakathi rishis, Kriyasakthi, Gnanambigai, Bhairavar, Bala Sastha (Ayyanar) and Durga can be seen In Goddess Girigujambikai shrine. There is a small enclave which houses idols of Lord Vinayakar and Yoga Raahu in Goddess Girigujambikai shrine. This idol of Yoga Raahu is quite unique. There are beautiful paintings in Goddess Girigujambikai shrine depicting the legends associated with this temple.

Rahu Shrine

Raahu Shrine is situated in the second precinct in the north east corner. A unique feature of Naganatha Swamy temple is that Lord Rahu is seen with human face. While in other places, Lord Raahu is worshipped with a serpent face. He is gracing the devotees with his two consorts Simhi and Chitralekha. An important event in this temple is the milk abhishekam that is performed for Raahu. Special poojas are performed for Raahu between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Rahukalam) on all Sundays. At this time, the milk that is poured on this idol changes its colour to blue as it passes over the body. The colour of the milk again changes back to white when it reaches the ground. A large number of devotees gather here to worship Raahu during this time.

On 16th February 1986, a snake shed its skin (length 5.5 feet) in the form of a garland on the idol of Lord Raahu. This skin is preserved in a glass box. There is a Tamil proverb which can be loosely translated as follows – No one can bless like Raahu and no one can create obstacles like Kethu. Since this is a Parihara sthalam for Raahu, devotees can worship him here to seek his blessings.

His Adi Devatha is Goddess Durgai and Prathyathi Devatha is the Serpent. His Colour is Black, Vahana is Blue Lion and the Grain associated with him is Orid Dhal, The Flower is Mandharai, fabric is Black Coloured Cloth, Gem is Komedhagam and Neivedhyam is the Rice mixed with Orid Dhal Powder.

Raghu Bhagawan is the source for Kalathra Dhosham, Puthra Dhosham, Communicable Disease, Mental Disorders, Leprosy, and fall in Grace. Raghu Bhagawan is associated with the world of material manifestation and worldly desire, as well as random, uncontrolled growth without wisdom or understanding. He is considered to be the expert among the planets when it comes to scheming and plotting. It is the master of manipulation.

Other Idols & Shrines

There are shrines and idols of Nirutha Ganapathy, Shenbaga Vinayakar, Aadhi Vinayakar, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli & Deivanai, Nataraja, Somaskanda, Naalvar, Sapthamaadakkal, Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi, Chandran, Suryan and Maha Bhairavar can be seen in the main hall and corridors. There is a separate shrine for Lord Vinayakar near the Theertham and it is known as Mazhuporutha Vinayakar. The idol of Saint Sekkizhar can be seen with the idols of his mother Azhakaambigai and brother Balaravaayar in the main hall (Thiruppani Mandapam).

There is a shrine for Navagrahas in the Temple premises. All the planets are facing Suryan. Shivalingams worshiped by Agasthiyar, Parasarar, Gautama, Vyagrapada, Patanjali and Markandeya can also be seen in the corridors. 63 Nayanmars can be seen in the corridors along with idols of Vinayakar, Murugan, Nataraja and Dakshinamurthy.

Theerthams

It is believed that earlier this temple has 12 Theerthams, including those of the three rivers – Naattaru, Arisilaru and Kirthimanaru which were created by Lord Shiva using his trident. However, now only one of them, Surya Pushkarini can be seen inside the temple.

The 12 Theerthams associated with this Temple are;
  • Surya / Soola Theertham
  • Yama Theertham
  • Brahma Theertham
  • Chandra Theertham
  • Agni Theertham
  • Durga Theertham
  • Gowthama Theertham
  • Paraasara Theertham
  • Indra Theertham
  • Brihu Theertham
  • Kanva Theertham
  • Vashishta Theertham

Surya / Soola Theertham

Surya / Soola Theertham is situated inside the temple compound and held very sacred. It is built in Chola style and is in square shape with double-bat roofing and only one on the eastern side is still in form. It is believed that Sula Theertham is created by Lord Shiva using the Trisula. There is a belief that dissolving Jaggery cures many diseases. It is also believed that taking holy bath for a Mandalam (48 days) cures even Leprosy also.

Sthala Vriksham

Sthala Vriksham associated with this temple is Shenbaga Tree (Champaka).

Naganathaswamy Temple Inscriptions

Several Inscriptions dating back to the early Chola Period provide insights into the conduct of festivals, the construction and improvements at the temple at different points of time. There was a donation of 48 houses during the rule of Rajendra Chola I. The income from this was used to maintain the lamps at the temple. The temple was referred to as Mahadeva temple of Thiru Nageswaram during the rule of Rajendra Chola I. Temple vessels in Silver were donated as per his orders. In the 11th Century AD, there was a counting done and a classification made of all the jewels and coins belonging to the temple. There was a provision made for bring sacred water from the Cauvery for Anointment of the Lord during festive occasions.

A very interesting piece of inscription is found on the Western wall of the Naganatha Swamy temple. As per this, 100 gold coins were donated to a Kumbabhishekam Committee during Rajendra Chola’s rule. This donation was to be used for the repair of agricultural canal that was ravaged by floods in the Cauvery. Also, a part of this donation was to be used for providing lectures and conducting Upanyasams to spread the message about Shiva Dharma. An inscription on the southern wall refers to a procession of the Pasaya Devar Idol. This is now found on the Northern side of the temple.

An inscription on the same wall refers to donation of a land and Gold Coin by Krishna Raman who also assisted Rajaraja Chola in building a Mandapa at Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur and the installation of the Arthanareeswarar Idol there. One more inscription on the Southern wall dating back to the rule of Rajaraja Chola refers to donation of land as well as gold coins for performing daily rituals at the temple.

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 06:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM.

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) Pooja Timings

Five kala poojas (5times worship) are being done every day in this Temple. Special Abhishekams are performed between 4.30 to 6 p.m. (Rahu Kala) in all Sundays.

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 06.00 AM
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 09.00 AM
  • Uchikala Pooja – 01.00 PM
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 05.00 PM
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 07.00 PM
  • Ardha Jama Pooja – 09.00 PM

Rahu Milk Abhishekam Timings

Day

Morning

Evening

Sunday

9.30

11.30

4.30 - 6.30

-

Monday

7.30 - 9.00

11.30

-

5.30

Thursday

9.30

11.30

3.00-4.30

5.30

Wednesday

9.30

11.30

-

5.30

Thursday

9.30

11.30

1.30-3.00

5.30

Friday

10.30-12.30

-

5.30

Saturday

9.30-10.30

11.30

-

5.30

 

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) Festivals

Brahmotsavam (November or December)

This grand festival is performed every year for ten days ending in the last Sunday of the Tamil month Karthigai i.e. November or December. There is a procession in silver vehicle, marriage festival of the presiding deity, another procession around the streets of Tirunageswaram in temple chariot, sanctification in temple tank and concludes with Vidayatri (farewell function) when a flower palanquin takes the images of the temple deities around the temple. The festival is celebrated amidst music with Nadaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) and religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) and Thevaram read by priests.

Kanda Shashti (October or November)

Kanda Shastri Utsavam is celebrated for six days with procession of the deity every day. On the sixth day Lord Muruga getting Velayudham from Goddess is performed in a grand manner. In South Street there will be a symbolic fight between Surapadma and Lord Muruga.

Shivarathri (March)

It is in Thirunageshwaram that Rahu prayed unto the Lord and got relieved of curse on him, on Mahashivaratri day. Hence on this day every year there is Shivarathri Mahotsavam for three days with abishekam of the Lord using 1008 Conch Shells and every day there will be a grand abishekam and aaradhana for Rahu Bhagavan also. In the fourth period of Shivarathri night, Raghu Bhagavan comes in procession and has darshan of the Lord and gets relieved of the curse.

Navaratri

Navaratri function is performed for ten days for Goddess Girigujambal. Every day Abirami Andhathi Parayanam is done with Sahasranama Archana. On Saraswathi pooja day, Lecture of Abirami Andhathi is arranged. On Vijayadashami day Lord and Goddess are taken in procession on Horse Vahanam, duty accompanied by grand Nadaswaram music performances. There is a function of “throwing arrow” by the Lord (Ambu Poduthal) and only after this function people begin their preparatory works relating to Deepavali.

Sekkizhar Vaikasi Pooja (June)

Sekkizhar Vaikasi Pooja is celebrated from 1969 on the birth date of Sekkizhar, the author of Periya Puranam, the epic describing the life history of the 63 Nayanars.

Rahu Peyarchi (Switching Over to Next Rasi)

On every occasion of Rahu switching over to next Rasi once in one and half years special Abishekam with Homam etc., is performed and for three days Rahu Bhagavan is taken in procession in Sesha Vahanam.

Other Festivals

There are weekly rituals like Somavaram and Sukravaram, fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amaavaasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi.

Worship Practices

The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Like other Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Shaivite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day; Ushathkalam at 6:00 a.m., Kalasanthi at 9:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 1:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 9:00 p.m.

There is a separate calendar for the Rahu Abhishekam (sacred ablution): it is performed twice in a day at 11:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m. and additionally twice at various times in the day. Each ritual comprises four steps: Abhishekam (sacred bath), Alangaram (decoration), naivethanam (food offering) & deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Shiva and Mother.

The worship is held amidst music with Nadaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument), religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) read by priests and prostration by worshippers in front of the temple mast.

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) Prayers

Rahu Pariharam

Devotees who have Kala Sarpa Dosha, Sarpa Dosha and Rahu Dosha must positively visit this temple and perform Pooja and Milk Abishekam to Lord Rahu for getting married and getting Children. People who have Rahu Dasa or Rahu Mukthi are also advised to do Parihara in this temple. Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets (Chaya Grahams) and their daily positions are calculated by the points where Moon and Sun meet every day in the solar system.

Rahu and Ketu transit anti clockwise which is just opposite direction of other planets. They are deadly enemies of Lord Sun and the Lord Moon. Rahu is the planet having the head part of an Asura called “Swarnabanu” and the tail of a snake. Ketu is the planet having the Asura’s body and the head of the snake. The Asura Swarnabanu drunk the “Amirtha” that was taken out by churning the Holy Milky Ocean by Asuras and Devas by cheating the Lord Vishnu. Sun and the Moon are their enemies because they only exposed their cheating.

Rahu Bhagavan in 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th houses from Lagna or rasi at the time of birth in a person’s horoscope there will be good effect in his life. But if Rahu Bhagawan in 2nd, 5th, 7th or 8th places from Lagna or rasi at the time of birth in a person’s horoscope indicates Raahu Dhosha and that person suffers due to Rahu’s ill-effects. Rahu Bhagawan generally can be said to be the cause for one’s good position, status, business, faithfulness, winning over opposition, to be debt-free, to travel overseas, and for mantra power.

Kala Sarpa Dosham

As per astrology or Jyotish Shastra, when Rahu and Ketu are positioned as such all other planets are in between them in their horoscope or Kundali are said to have Kala Sarpa Dosham. Even if one planet is out of their positions is also a Kala Sarpa dosham only. Most of the people with this dosh suffer due to following common difficulties in their life and many more:
  • Delayed marriage and Quarrels with partners.
  • Diseases that cannot be cured and Problems in getting Children.
  • Loss of business and struggles with partners.
  • Poor performance in exams and Not able to select proper carrier.
  • Block in prosperity and Poor social status.
  • Delays in going abroad for studies and jobs

Sarpa Dosham

People whose birth chart has Rahu in first and seventh place from the ascendant or rasi suffer from delayed and broken marriages. Their efforts to select their partners and concluding the marriage proposal often fails due to some reason and this is because of the Rahu’s position affecting the “Kalathira Sthaanam”. People, whose chart shows Rahu in the fifth and ninth positions from the ascendant or rasi, suffer from delayed pregnancy and deficiency like infertility and even with modern medicines could not be cured. Even if they give birth to children they are born with certain problems due to the Puthira Dosham of Rahu.

Rahu Dasa and Bukthies

Rahu Dasa acts in a person’s life for 18 years after Chevvai or mars Dasa as per Jyotish Shastra. And also, Rahu Bukthi acts in every other Dasa periods for certain time before Guru Bukthi. People born in Stars called “Thiruvadhirai”, “Swathi, “Sadayam” which belong to Rahu start their life with Rahu Maha Dasa. During these periods people often suffer and face challenges in their life because of Lord Rahu’s positions. If Rahu is placed at good positions and receives good aspects from good planets like Guru and Shukran they will soon get good changes after performing Pooja at this temple.

Rahu Peyarchi

Rahu and Ketu are like twins as they are two parts of an Asura and a Snake put together. They travel anti-clockwise and change their rasi once in approximately 18 months. When people get Rahu in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 12th positions from their rasi, they will struggle with troubled life because of the effects of Rahu. People having such difficulties must check their birth charts with an expert astrologer and visit Rahu Tirunageswaram Navagraha Temple to perform remedial Pooja and get relief by getting the blessings of Lord Rahu.

Prayers & Worship Procedures

Rahu Kalam in all the week days is good for performing Pooja and Abishekam to Rahu Bhagavan in this temple. This temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu Bhagavan and got relived of a curse. In this temple, only we can see the Rahu Bhagavan with a human face, where as in all other temples we can see the Rahu with Serpent Face. As per the Sthala Puranam of this temple, by doing Milk abishekam here for Rahu during Rahu kalam (period of 1and 1/2 hours occurring every day) the delay in getting married, childlessness, troublesome married life, ill-effects of Kalasarpa Dhosha (affliction), Kalathra Dhosha, Sarpa Dhosha are all cured.

  • Stay at Thirunageshwaram at least for one day.
  • Do Archana and Pooja to Lord Shiva and Ambal at their Shrines.
  • Book in advance for a Milk Abishekam and perform it at the time of Rahu Kalam.
  • Chant the Moola Manthram and make 11 rounds of the temple:
  • Pray to Lord Rahu by sitting silent with closed eyes opposite Rahu Bhagavan for sometimes requesting him to relieve you from your sins.

How to Reach Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam)?

The Temple is located at about 500 meters from Thirunageswaram Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Thirunageswaram Railway Station, 2 Kms from Thepperumanallur, 5 Kms from Thirubhuvanam, 5 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 6 Kms from Kumbakonam, 6 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 6 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur, 6 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur Railway Station, 7 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 11 Kms from Darasuram, 15 Kms from Patteeswaram, 14 Kms from Swamimalai, 49 Kms from Thanjavur and 110 Kms from Trichy Airport.

The Temple is located at Tirunageswaram, east of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam – Karaikal Bus Route. This place can be reached within 15 minutes from Kumbakonam bus stand and frequent local buses are available. The Kumbakonam town is connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Nagercoil, Tirupathy, Ooty and other major cities through regular bus services.

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam) Address

Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Sthalam)
Thirunageshwaram, Kumbakonam Taluk,
Thanjavur District – 612 204
Phone: +91 435 246 3354
Mobile: +91 94434 89839 / 80988 09698 / 94431 90628 / 97908 94408
Email: sriraaghutemple@sancharnet.in

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