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Vaitheeswaran Koil - Sirkali

History:

    There are many places where Angaaraga Bhagavan (Sevvaai) has offered worship. Among these, the place that needs special mention is Thirupullirukku Veloor (Vaitheeswaran Kovil).Angarahan - The Mars The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or Vaidhyanadha Swamy. His Consort is known as Thaiyal Nayaki. Unlike most other temples that are known by the presiding deity, Lord Muruga is a celebrated deity in Vaitheeswaran Koil. Though the name Vaidhyanadhan is associated with Lord Shiva, poet Arunagiri-nadhar prefers to call Muruga by that name in one of his verses, known for the beauty of their rhythm. 'varathurai nIdharkku oru sEyE, vayiththiya naadhap perumaale,' is how he addresses Lord Subramanya in Thiruppugazh (urath thurai bOdhath thaniyaana). The Dharumapuram Adhinam has made several endowments to this temple. Lord Rama cremated Jatayu here.

    Inscriptions from the period of Vikrama Chola (12th century CE), the Nayakas (16th century CE) and the Mahrathas (18th century) are seen in this temple.

About Mars - Planet of all energies:

    Mars faces the south, and Lord Dhandayuthapani who is in the east facing Mars. Mars is regarded as a God of martial character, red in every aspect. Even the Romans held him as their Guru. He is the Son of Earth and is ruled by Lord Subramanya. In India mars has also been worshiped as god. Mars(Sevvai), the God of War. If regularly worshipped, Mars is said to bestow on devotees, great physical strength. The Poojas performed to sevvai here are believed to cure prolonged diseases. Sevvai also known, as Angarakan is present in two forms namely, Moolavar and Ursavar Mars is worshiped on Tuesdays.

About Temple:

    It is hailed as one of the 9 Navagraha Stalams, sacred to Mars - Angarakan it is visited by thousands. It is located in close proximity to Sirkazhi and Chidambaram. Vaitheeswaran KoilThe temple is enshrined at the centre of the town with tall and imposing granite walls surrounding it. The temple has three gopurams. The main tower, an imposing structure, is on the western side. On the eastern side, there is an equally imposing gopuram. The third tower on the northern side is relatively smaller. On the south, we have the temple tank, known as the Sidhdha-amrita-theertham, whose water is considered divine and is believed to cure many incurable diseases. For some strange reason there are no frogs, nor there are snakes in and around the tank. Legend has it that sage Sadhananda was meditating in the banks of the tank when a frog, chased by a snaked, leaped on him. It is said that he ordained that no frogs or snakes should be found in the vicinity of the tank.

    There are two big prakarams - corridors - with inner corridors surrounding the shrines of the presiding deity, Vaidhyanadha and His Consort, Thaiyal Nayaki. Vaidhyanadha is facing the west while Thaiyal Nayaki is facing the south. There are several minor deities installed along the corridors. Two dwajasthambas, (flag staff) one golden and the other silver, are installed in the corridor.

    On the northern side, under the smaller tower, is installed the deity of Muruga, who is known as Selva Muthukumaraswami. He received his 'vel', the spear with which he killed Surapadman, from Shakthi in Vaitheeswaran Koil. Interestingly, the 'vel' represents Him to many of his devotees and there are several temples where one can find a separate shrine for the divine spear, which is worshipped as a deity by itself.

Features:

     Murugan is the ruler of Mars, and Mars is said to have offered prayers to Him here. Hence the place is famous for both Murugan and Mars. Thus, Mars occupies an important place in the Hindu mythology.

    The Angaaraka shrine here is also of great significance and is indeed unique to this temple. A bronze of image of Angaaraka is housed in this shrine and is taken out in procession on a goat mount every Tuesday. Angaaraka represents the planet Mars and is described as one with a fiery red Mars inside the templecomplexion attired in red and as the overlord of the zodiac signs of Aries and Scorpia and as being the strongest in the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

    Rig Vedam (Irukku), Jatayu (Pull), Sambadi, the Surya (Oor) and Skanda (Vel) are said to have worshipped Shiva here and hence the name PullirukkuVelur..Rama Lakshmana and the Saptarishis are also said to have worshipped Shiva here. It is also believed that Rama performed the last rites to Jatayu here. The nectar with which the Sidhas worshipped Shiva is said to have flown into the Sidhamrita Theertham.

    The sthala vriksham here is vembu. The sacred pond is called 'Siddhamirdha Theertham'. It is believed that if one takes a dip in this pond every Tuesday and worships lord Muruga, they will achieve their goals and lead a peaceful life.

    The holy ashes of Jatayu pit, present inside the temple and the Marundhu urundai sold in the temple are believed to have special powers to cure all kinds of diseases

Deities:

    Vaidyanathaswamy and ThaiyalNayaki are the presiding deities of this temple. The Selvamuthukkumaraswamy shrine here is also considered to be of importance. There are Shivalingams said to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka and Angarakan.


Special Poojas:

Six worship services are offered each day.

The final worship service (arthayama puja) is offered to Skanda before being offered to Shiva.

The annual Bhrahmotsavams are celebrated in the months of Pankuni and Thai.

Skanda Sashti is celebrated in a grand manner

Every Tuesday evening, Angarakan (Sevvai) mounted on the Goat vahanam is taken around in side the temple praharam .

Lord murugan as selva muthukumaran showers his divine blessings to the devotees every month on the Karthika star (Natchtram) is special occasion for this temple. On that day sandal paste Abishekam is performed to Lord Selva muthukumaran (utsavar) in the spacious open hall called as Krithika mandapam .


Offerings for workshipping the God:

Sevvai is attired in red color and is offered with Thoor dhal and red arali flowers during Poojas.

Offerings of salt and pepper are made in this shrine. Offerings of unrefined sugar are placed in the temple tank Siddhamrita Theertham.

Mantra for Mars:

Aum namo hanumate hung Aum

Opening Hours:

6.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 9.00 P.M.

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