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Jan 29

Thirunageswaram, Rahu Temple

Rahu Bhagwan, Thirunageswaram

Rahu Bhagwan, Thirunageswaram

 

Rahu Sthalam, Thirunageswaram

Rahu Sthalam, Thirunageswaram

Sri Naganathaswamy Temple or Rahu Sthalam is one of the 9 Navagraha Temples around Kumbakonam and is dedicated to Rahu .  The Presiding Deity is Lord Naganathaswamy.  There are two Shrines for the Goddess; Piraiyanivanudalumai’s Shrine is adjacent to Naganathaswamy’s shrine and GiriGujambika with Lakshmi and Saraswathy by Her side has a separate temple. Rahu Bhagavan is seen with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni. Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu and got relieved of a curse. (Read the post “Keezhaperumpallam – Kethu Temple“) A unique feature of Naganatha Swamy temple is that Rahu Bhagavan is seen with human face. Usually in other places, Rahu Bhagavan is seen with a serpent face.  Here Rahu Bhagavan is present with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni. This was originally a forest of Senbaka trees. A Shivalingam was found under one of these trees here and hence He came to be known as Shenbagarane Eswara.

Nandi after worshipping Shiva attained the status as Nandeeswaran here. Vinayakar attained the status of Head of Ganas or Ganapathi.  Indira, the King of Devas was relieved of bad smell emanating from his body by worshiping Goddess Girigujambalwith Punugu.

On entering the Eastern gate way, one can find the Vinayaga temple, Balipeedam, Nandeeswarar Mandapam and Dhwaja Sthambam (Flag post). On the southern side there is the temple tank.  On entering the main gopuram, the Deity of Rahu Bhagavan is in the south West corner of the praharam.

Rahu Sthalam, Thirunageswaram

Rahu Sthalam, Thirunageswaram

Pooja: Astrologers suggest that doing  Milk abisekam (especially on Sundays) here for Rahu during Rahu kalam (period of 1and 1/2 hours occurring every day) the malefic effects of Rahu like marriage obstacles, lack of progeny, troubled marital life, Kalasarpa Dhosham, Kalasthra Dhosha, Sarpa Dhosha are all neutralized.  During this milk abhishegam, the milk turns blue. Offering of blue cloth and ulutham paruppu (urad dal) is made here. Mantharai flower is considered special to him.

Reciting these mantra helps alleviate the malefic effects.

Rahu Moola Mantram: Aum bhram bhrim bhraum sah rahave namah.

Rahu Gayathri: om sookadhanthaya vidmahae ugra roopaya dheemahi tanno raahu: prachodayaath

Other Rahu Temples:

Seshapureeswarar temple at Thirupamburam

Vanchinathaswamy temple at SriVanchiyam

Sri Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh

Nelakanteswarar temple at Gerugambakkam near Chennai

Location:

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Thirunageswaram is on the Kumbakonam – Kollumangudi – Peralam – Karaikal road.  It is at a distance of 7 km from Kumbakonam.

Other Temples Nearby:

Uppiliappan Koil or Oppiliappan Koil – 1 Km

Prathyangara Devi temple – 2 Kms

Padikkasunathar Temple, Alagaputhur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thrirunaraiyur

Nachiyar Koil – 6.5 Kms

Boarding & Lodging:

This is a fairly big place and hence lot of accommodation is available.  There are a few households in the Sannidhi street that have allocated a portion of their house for use of pilgrims.  If you want to rest for a couple of hours in the afternoons here they would charge a nominal rate of Rs.50/- to Rs. 100/-.

At Uppiliappan Koil there are two Brahmin households that serve good homely food.  Their contact details are as follows.

Sri Rama Catering Service:  0435-2463585, 9443092104, 9443679609

Sri Anjaneya Catering Service: 0435-2464029, 9443525235, 9442014787, 9360444788

It would be a good idea to call them up and inform a few hours before you land there, especially if you are a big group.  If you land up there without information they may not be able to entertain you.

Temple Timings 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Rahukala pooja is conducted on all days and the temple is open during Rahukalam on all days.

Temple Address

SRI NAGANATHA SWAMY TEMPLE,

(SRI RAHU STHALAM),

THIRUNAGESWARAM – 612 204,

KUMBAKONAM Taluk THANJAVUR District.

Phone – 0435 2463354

13 comments

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  1. puthanampatti saravanan natesan

    it is near kumbakonam

  2. Puthanampatti Saravanan Natesan

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    its a very nice place to see raagu sthalam like thirunaageshwaram. it is very near from kumbakonam. only 5 kilometers from kumbakonam in kumbakonam to karaikkal route. town buses and mini buses and share autos are available from kumbakonam to temple. from trichy a direct passenger train available at morning 7.10am. only 16 to 18 rupees ticket. it is the easiest way to travel from trichy.
    anaivarum raagu thosam neenga thirunageshwaram bhavanai venduvom.

  3. H R DHAGA

    It is a very nice temle and I visited on 23rd March-2013. It is hardly 7 kms from Kumbakonam City and busess are easily available from Kumbakonam bus stand, bus rout no 22. Ticket charge is Rs. 8.00 (Rs. eight only) per head .Those who are suffering from Rahu’s Mahadasha, should visit the temple and join the milk abhisheka during Rahu Kaal. The timing for milk abhisheka is indicted on the notice board of the temple.

  4. Lalita

    Very nice temple, anyone who has thosham regarding raagu keethu can sponsor homam and milk abishekam by going one day ahead of time and registering their name. They will have everything ready for next day. Any info needed you could email me.. I went through lot of trouble to get here but everything went well and poojah was done perfectly.

    1. Kathir Krishna

      It is nice to get information
      I live in Canada when I need I can contact you and get info
      great help

  5. Govindaraj

    how i can booking the homam and milk abishekam.

    Pls give me details

    1. K Narayanan

      Please contact the temple authorities. Contact details are provided in the blog.

  6. Raghu Iyer

    it would be of great help if additional info/details like Bank Acc details for on-line OR cheque/DD payments for each temple is also given.

    1. K Narayanan

      Will try to get the info and provide here

  7. Kamal

    very useful information for devotees. thanks a lot 🙂

  8. VISWANATHAN

    I wish to perform MILK Abhisekam . Kindly provide me the bank details

  9. VISWANATHAN

    I wish to perform MILK Abhisekam for Lord RAAGU .Kindly provide me the BANK details

    1. K Narayanan

      Please contact the temple authorities as per details given in the article.

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