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I had earlier listed the temples pertaining to each of the 27 Birth Stars or Janma Nakshathiram.  Now, I am listing out the temples pertaining to the 12 rasis or the 12 Lunar Zodiac signs of the Moon.  These are the temples where you can do dosha nivarthi pujas or appeasement pujas.  I have already written about four of these temples viz  ThiruvisanallurKarkadeswarar Temple at ThirundudevankudiVanchinathaswamy Temple at SriVanchiyam &  Vaitheeswaran Koil.  I will write about the rest as well, over a period of time. I am not mentioning the corresponding English name of the rasis, lest the readers confuse it with the Sun Signs.  The list is as below.

Rishabam

SivayoginatharTempleat Thiruvisanallur about 6 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudhur

Katakam or Karkataka

Karkadeswarar Temple at Thirundudevankudi 1 Km away from Thiruvisanallur.

Mesham

RamanathaswamyTempleat Rameswaram

Thulam

Subramaniya Swamy Koil at Thiruttani

Vrichikam

Ekambareswarar Koil at Kanchipuram

Mithunam

MuruganTempleat Palani

Dhanush

MayuranatharTempleat Mayavaram

Makaram

NatarajarTempleat Chidambaram

Simham

Vanchinathaswamy Temple at SriVanchiyam near Nannilam

Kumbham

Thilakeshwarar temple at Devipattinam

Kanni

VedagireeswararTempleat Thirukazhukundram near Chinglepet

Meenam

Vaitheeswaran Koil near Sirkali.

Karkadeswarar temple at Thirundudevankudi is a fairly big temple surrounded by a moat.  It is in the midst of paddy fields.  There are only paddy fields as far as you can see.

According to the temple legend, Indran worshipped this Lingam here with 1008 Lotuses everyday.  Varunan was given the task of creating those flowers in the temple moat.  Indran ran short of a flower during pooja one day.  He enquired with Varunan who was very confident that he had created 108 flowers.  When this continued for a few days, Indran himself decided to keep a watch on the flowers. Ultimately, he noticed one of the flowers moving.  The flower moved out of the water and into the garba graham (sanctum sanctorum) through the drain onto the top of the Shivalingam.  On closer scrutiny, he saw that it was a Golden crab that had brought the flower from the waters.  As he was about to hit the crab, it made a hole right on top of the Shivalingam and disappeared into it.  Since then He came to be known as Karkadeswarar (Karkata means Crab).  The image of a golden crab as well as the hole created by it can be seen on the Shivalingam during the ablution rituals (abhishegam).  Thirundudevankudi could well be corruption of Thiru Nandu Devakankudi; Nandu meaning crab.  It is believed that this Crab was a Yaksha who taunted Sage Dhurvasa.  He mimicked the walk of the Sage and said that it was like the crawl of a crab and made fun of him.  The Sage who was well known for his short temper, cursed the Yaksha to turn into a crab.  Quickly realising his folly, the Yaksha apologised to the Sage and sought a remedy.  The Sage advised him to worship Lord Shiva at this temple for absolution of his sin.

 

A niche on the outer wall depicting the history of the temple

A niche on the outer wall depicting the history of the temple

This place was originally an Aushada vanam or forest of medicinal herbs.  During the ancient times this place could have been a Ayurvedic Dispensary.  Lord Shiva here was originally called Aushadeswarar.

Another legend is that of Shiva, in the guise of an old man, having cured a devout King of his painful affliction.  Hence He got the name Arumarundu Devar, the Lord of Medicine and Healing. He then showed him the spot where the Shivalingam is currently located.

There are two shrines to Ambal here, Arumarundu Nayaki and Apoorva Nayaki. The idol of Arumarundu Nayaki was once stolen.  The stolen idol was recovered within a day of installing the replacement idol.  Hence the original idol then came to be known as Apoorva Nayaki. The moat surrounding the temple is the Tirumaruvum Poikai.

 

Sthalapuranam in tamil

Sthalapuranam in tamil

There are temples dedicated to each of the 12 Rasis (Lunar Zodiac Sign) and each of the 27 Nakshatras (Birth Star).  The Karkadeswarar temple is for Kataka or Karkata Rasi and Ahilyam or Ashlesha Nakshatram in particular.  It is believed that people born under this rasi and nakshatram should visit this temple regularly and benefit from His blessings.  People born under Ashlesha Nakshatram and/or Kataka Rasi are advised to light Nallennai vilakku (Sesame or Gingely Oil lamp) and worship Lord Shiva on ashtami (eighth day from New Moon or Full Moon), New Moon days, Tuesdays and Saturdays apart from Ahilya Nakshatram thithis to be blessed with prosperity, good health, peace of mind and overall happiness in life.  People not born under this star or Rasi can also worship on the above mentioned days to be cured of any chronic illness.

Location:

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This temple is about 2 kms from Thiruvisanallur.  From Thiruvidaimarudhur this is at a distance of about 8 kms across the Cauvery.  Thiruvisanallur is on the Suryanar – Thirumangalakudi – Swamimalai Road.

Boarding & Lodging: Nothing is available here.  Thiruvidaimarudhur is the nearest town.  You could stay at Kumbakonam, which is about 10 kms from here.

Other temples nearby:

Mahalingaswamy temple at Thiruvidaimarudhur

Thirumangalakudi & Suryanar Koil – 10 kms from here

Thiruvisanallur just less than 2 kms from here

Sridhar Ayyaval Ashram at Thiruvisanallur.

Thirubhuvanam Sarabeswarar temple

Govindapuram

Temple Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 4 PM to & 7 PM.  Please also enquire at Sivayoginathar temple in Thiruvisanallur before going here.   As this is a very desolate place, it is advisable to go to this temple before sunset.  It is for this reason this temple closes early by 7PM.

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Karkadeswarar Temple

Nandaangkoil

Tiruvisanallur Post

Veppattur S.O.

Kumbakonam Taluk

Thanjavur District

PIN 612105

Phone:  0435- 200 0240, 99940 15871

Naganathar temple at Keezhaperumpallam which is 8 kms from Thiruvenkadu is the kethu sthalam. Keezhaperumpallam is also known as Vanagari. Here Naganathar is the main deity and His consort is Soundarya Devi. This temple is dedicated to Kethu (South Lunar Node), one of the nine planets or navagraha. Kethu Bhagavan has the head of a snake and the body of an asura. It is rare to see Kethu Bhagavan with his head. Kethu worshiped Shiva here to get rid of his sins. Here he is seen worshiping Naganathar with folded hands.

The devas and the asuras churned the paarkadal (Celestial Ocean) to get the Holy Nectar (Amrutham). Lord Vishnu decided to distribute it only amongst the devas and not asuras as the amrutham would make the asuras stronger and their atrocities will increase. When Lord Vishnu was distributing the Amrutham amongst the devas, at the behest of Sukracharya, one of the asuras, in the guise of a deva consumed the nectar. The Sun and the Moon noticed this and complained to Lord Vishnu.  An angry Vishnu used his chakrayudham (discus) to cut the asura into two and threw them away. The head joined with a snake’s body to become Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion kept growing because the asura had consumed Amrutham. This later joined with the head of a snake and became Kethu Bhagavan. They prayed to Shiva to get rid of their sin and sought to be included as planets. Their wish was granted by Him.

 

However, Rahu and Kethu never forgave the Sun and the Moon. They cause eclipses as an act of revenge. Rahu is further classified as Nitya and Parva Rahu. Nitya Rahu keeps tugging at the Moon causing it to wax and wane, while the Parva Rahu swallows the moon causing the lunar eclipse. Kethu causes the solar eclipse.

Pooja: Picking up bad habits, property disputes and loss of property, humiliation, lack of Progeny, marriage obstacles are all due to Kethu dosham. This is the parihara sthalam to get rid of the Kethu dosham. He is believed to bestow the following on his devotees; good eyesight, gain in property, fame, vehicle, children etc. Devotees worship Kethu Bhagavan with red Lilly flower, by draping him with multi-coloured cloth and offering Kollu (Horsegram).

 

Recite the following mantras after sunset facing North-West direction to be relieved of the malefic effects and benefit from his benevolence.

Kethu Moola Mantram: Aum Hrim Krum Krura Rupine Kethave Aim Suh Svaha

Kethu Gayathri: AUM Chitravarnaya Vidhmahe, Sarparoopaya Dhimahi, Tanno Kethu Prachodayath

Other Kethu Temples:

Seshapureeswarar Temple at Thirupampuram.

Vanchinathaswamy Temple at Srivanchiyam

Sri Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh.

Neelakanteswarar Temple at Girugambakkam near Chennai.

Other Temples Nearby:

Thirukadaiyur – 14kms

Thiruvenkadu – 8 kms

Location:

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23 Kms from Sirkali (Off Sirkali- Karaikal Road)

30 kms from Mayavaram

64 kms from Kumbakonam

35 Kms from Karaikal

Boarding & Lodging: This is a very small village.  There are only a couple of shops outside the temple.  Your travel base could be Mayiladuthurai, Thirukadayur or Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings: 5.30am to 12 noon and 4pm to 8pm.

Temple Phone Number: 04364 275 222