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Meena Rashi : Vaitheeswaran Temple - Chidambaram

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Meena Rashi : Vaitheeswaran Temple - Chidambaram
House : Pisces ( Kumbha Rashi )
Lord of the House : Guru
Best Day to Visit the Temple : Thursday

People's whose star sign is Pisces ( Kumbha Rashi ) have to visit Vaitheeswaran Temple in Tamil Nadu twice in an year or atleast once in an year. Should stay in the temple or premises for two and half hours. Worship Lord Muruga (Muthukumaraswami)

Vaitheeswaran Temple - Chidambaram

Vaitheeswaran Koil is about 24 km from Chidambaram. Vaitheeswaran temple is known in Hindu scriptures as Pullirukkuvelur, (Pul - Irukku - Vel - Ur, the words in Tamil meaning Bird (Jatayu), Rig Veda, Lord Murugan and Sun respectively) is one of the important Shiva temples in the South.

As we enter the town two tall Gopurams eastern and western Gopurams can be seen. The south entrance is not so magnificent, which leads to the temple tank Siddamrita Teertham, a very sacred pool. This picturesque pool is surrounded by a covered corridor with fine flight of steps to the water, which ripple around a water pavilion in its midst. Its waters are said to contain medicinal properties and peculiarity is that it harbours no fogs. People with various illnesses come here to get cured and hence this place is called "Vaitheeswaran" - the one who cures of illnesses.

Three important sanctums, one for Vaidyanada facing west and for Devi Thayalnayaki and Selva Muthukumaraswami facing south adorns the interior. In the north corridor abutting the Shiva's sanctum is the shrine of Avudai Amman the Bhadrakali.

Another salient feature of the temple is the presence of Planet Angaraka (Tuesday) and Jvaraharesvara (Lord of fevers). Even for every fatal ill like Smallpox, application of neem leaves is considered to be effective and this temples holy tree (Thalamaram) is neem, seen near the eastern Gopuram, with a sturdy trunk and sprawling branches.

The sanctum of the Ishwara has a corridor around it, with the festival icons of Adikara Nandi and Jatayu. The Navagraha images stationed in the east corridor are devoid of Angaraka and Sun. The south corridor has the Jatayu Kunda, the place where Rama performed the last rites to Jatayu, with images of Rama, Lakshamana, Visvamithra, Vasista and Jatayu over that Kunda. Another unusual thing here is the presence of Sattanada above Dakshinamurti.

Vaitheeswaran Koil is approximately 22 kilometers from Chidambaram, 110 kilometers from Thanjavur and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai. There is also a train to Mayiladuthurai from Mysore (Mysore Express) via Bangalore, Salem, Erode, Trichy, Tanjore and Kumbakonam.


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