There are several shrines of significance in this well
visited temple , including those to Durga and Kali. The image of Natarajar here
is of great beauty.Worship to Aghoramurthy - Shiva's fiery form (Veerabhadrar)
is said to be of significance on Sunday nights. The
Aalamaram here is referred to as Akshayavadam (infinite one, indestructible
banyan tree). Special worship services are offered to rolex replica Natarajar and the
associated Spatikalingam, as in Chidambaram.
The Soma Theertham and The Surya
Theertham created by the Sun & the moon are of great significance here. It
is believed that the Somakundam & Suryakundam referred to in
Silappatikaaram refer to these tanks. Vilvam & Konrai are the other stala
vrikshams here. Inscriptions from the time of Aditya Chola I (870-907), Raja
Raja I (10th - 11th cent) & his descendants speaking of endowments made by
the Chola rulers to this temple are found here.
Vikrama Cholan built the Vikramacholan
Tirumandapam (1118-1135). The present structure of the temple as well as the
beautiful bronze images in this temple are a contribution of the Great Chola
emperor Raja Raja Chola I. Some of replica watches uk these bronzes were recovered in treasure
troves unearthed here. The Ardhanareeswarar and Chandeswarar bronzes are now
housed in the Chennai Museum. Natarajar, Somaskandar, Devi, Bhoga Sakthi are
housed in the temple, while images of Subramanyar, Rishabhavahanadevar,
Bhikshatanar, Kalyanasundarar Kannappar and others are housed in the Thanjavur
About Mercury - The planet of Communication :
Mercury or Hermes served as a messenger to the gods. He
was responsible for the spreading of news and was known for his intelligence,
wit and charm. As such Mercury shows us how we communicate with others, and how
we think and rationalize. Mercury is associated with the signs Gemini and
colour is light green; his vahana is the horse. Among Nine Planets (
Navagraha), Budan is the planetary ruler of Studies, Knowledge, Music,
Astrology, Mathematics, Artistry, Medicine, mlti-lingual skills. Budan
influences oneà²¥lationship with maternal uncle (Thai maman) .
According to Puranas, Budhan is the son
of Chandran. Scholars say that if one prays to Lord Budhan, one will get what
one wishes for.
Wednesdays are very auspicious to Budan
Bagavan, offering pooja to Budan Bagavan on Wednesdays is believed to rectify
Thiruvenkadu is located near Mayiladuthurai and is 10
km from Vaitheeswaran Koil and Seerkazhi railway stations. Pilgrims can alight
at any of these stations to reach the temple.
The temple is situated in a sprawling
area of 2,45,520 sq. ft. surrounded by five prakarams known as pancha
prakarams. Apart from the presiding deity, the Lord is consecrated in His forms
as Aghoramurthi and Nataraja. The Nataraja image bears the seven instruments
and weapons - Vetalam, Khadgam, Udukku, Mani, Kedayam, Kapalam and Trisulam.
Devi in Her divine form of Bhadra Kali has a separate shrine. There are two
shrines of Ashta Lakshmi, four in each. The Navagrahas are installed in a row,
which is very unusual in any temple. Thiruvenkadu occupies the eleventh place
in the list of 274 Siva temples, compiled by replica watches Umpathi Sivachariyar and is
considered as sacred as Banaras. The theerthams - three in number - are called
Agni theertham, Surya theertham and Chandra theertham. The sthala vrkshams are
also three in number - Vilvam, Vadaval and Konrai.
The stone inscriptions on the walls of
the temples, which have been documented by the Archaeological Department,
contain important historical information on the Chola dynasty as well as
several kings of Vijayanagar.
The notable feature of this temple, according to lore,
is that Lord Budhan prayed to Lord Venkattunathar and got his blessings. The
Budhan shrine is outside the Ambal temple. There
are three theerthams, three murthys, three sakthis and three temple trees
(sthala vrikshams) are the special features of the temple.
The three tanks are Somakulam,
Suryakulam and Agnikulam. The three theerthams are compared to the three eyes
of Lord Siva.
The main deity in the temple is Lord Venkattunathar.
The deity is also called Suvedharanyeswarar. The Amman's name is Brahmavidya
Offerings for worshipping the God:
Budan Bagavan is attired in green, offering him with
full green moong dhal, white kanthal flower and green cloth is believed to
bring Sasthra Gnanam to devotees.
The float festival that is conducted on the last day of
12-day celebrations in the month of Masi (mid-February and mid-March) is the
most important festival in Thiruvenkadu.
The float festival is conducted in the Chandra theertham.
Mantra for Mercury:
Aum Mahalakshmaye vidmahe
Vishnu Priyaye dhi mahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat
6.00 A. M to 12.00 noon
4.00 P.M to 9.00 P.M.