Keezhperumpallam is also called Vanagiri. Kethu bagavan
prayed to Naaganaadhaswami and was blessed and rid of his sins by Lord Siva. It
is rare to find Kethu with his head. At this
sthalam , he can be seen worshipping Naaganaadhaswami with his folded hands
held high. Rahu after taking nectar was torn by Lord Narayana. The head portion
joined with a snake body and became Rahu Bagavan.The body portion that was
thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region. This was found and preserved by a
Brahmin. The body grew, because of having nectar and the head of a snake got
attached to the body to become Kethu. Kethu Bagavan has the head of a snake and
the body of an asura .
About Ketu – The planet of progeny:
Persons afflicted by Kethu dosham are stricken with
fears of dacoity, bad habits, loss of property, loss of face, putra dosham. By
praying to Kethu Bhagavan, one can be rid of the doshams. Motcham, sight,
property, land, gold, vehicle, fame, wife, children, happiness, unexpected
property gains are the beneficial aspects of Kethu Bhagavan.his colour is red
and his vahana is the eagle; the grain associated with him is khollu; the
flower - red alli (lily); fabric - multi coloured cloth; gem - Vaidooriyam
(cat's eye); food - rice mixed with khollu powder.
Rahu and Ketu do not have any physical
or celestial bodies like the other planets. Of the two places where the Moon
crosses the ecliptic (the path of the Sun), the north point is called Rahu and
the corresponding South point which is exactly 180 degrees away from the former
is called Ketu. These are very sensitive and effective points and they cause
powerful influence on the human affairs. Rahu and Ketu have a retrograde
movement in the Zodiac at the rate of 19 degrees, 20 minutes per year. When the
transit of the Sun and the Moon are close to Rahu and Ketu, the Moon can
intercept the light of the Sun from reaching the Earth, and this causes a Solar
Eclipse. When a full Moon is formed while the Moon is crossing the points of
Rahu and Ketu, the shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon and a lunar eclipse is
Ketu whose other names are Dhwaja and
Sikhi acts like Mars. It generally reflects the traits of the sign it occupies
provided it is not aspected by any other planet. If it is aspected or conjoined
by any other planet it inbibes its qualities. For example, if it conjoins a
benefic planet it will produce good effects of that planet and if it aspects or
conjoins a malefic planet it will produce malefic influence in its period or
sub-period. But the benefic planets with which it is conjoined or which it
aspects will give adverse results. It casts its aspects on the 5th, 7th and the
9th houses besides influencing the house it is occupying. Generally it is
favourable in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th and unfavourable in the 2nd,
4th, 7th and 8th. It gives mixed results in the1st, 5th, and 12th houses. It is
Karka for salvation, enlightenment of soul, occult sciences, mysticism, etc. In the planetary
periods Rahu is more powerful than Ketu. Ketu produces such results according
to the Rasi it occupies Persons afflicted by Kethu dhosham are stricken with
fears of dacoity, bad habits, loss of property, loss of face and putra dhosham
. By praying to Kethu Bagavan, one can get rid of the dhoshams . Motcham ,
sight, property, land, gold, vehicle, fame, wife, children, happiness,
unexpected property gains are the beneficial aspxects of Kethu Bagavan.
The Naganathar temple known as the Kethu
Navagrahastalam is located in the hamlet of Keezhperumpallam in the vicinity of
Tiruvenkaadu near Mayiladuturai /Chidambaram in Tamilnadu.
This is an ancient Saivite shrine where legend has it
that Kethu, one of the 9 celestial bodies central to astrological beliefs
Rahu and Ketu are
associated with the legend of the churning of the milky ocean. There is a
shrine dedicated to Kethu in this temple where worship services are offered.
Lord Naganathaswanmy with Mother Soundaranayaki.
Offerings for worshipping the God:
Kethu Bagavan is draped in multicolor, it is believed
that offering pooja to KethuBagavan with red lily flower, kollu and fancy cloth
will cure illness, prevent poverty and peedai .
All days are special, Abishekam to Kethu Bagavan is performed daily by 8.30
Prodhoshams are very special occasions. Six worship services are
offered each day here.
Mantra for Kethu:
Aum nring nring nring narsinghaye (Nrisimhaye) namah aum
6.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M.