Once, Saint Sushila cursed Sri Ragu Bagavan - Sun’s
Ascend Node, one of the nine-orbiting planets. To absolve his curse, Ragu
worshipped Lord Siva in Kumbakonam Kilkottam in the first quarter of the night
- First Jamam and Senbakaranyam in the Second quarter, and Thirupamburam in the Third quarter,
and Nagaikaronam in the Fourth quarter and at last at Usha time came to this
holy Senbaka forest and prayed to him to absolve his curse. So, we can see Sri
Ragu Bagavan with his two consorts in his marriage posture in the Southwest
corner of this temple. Because of the serpent deity Ragu’s worship, the Lord
here also been called Naganathar, and this village Tirunageswaram.
About Rahu - The planet of success:
Rahu is the source of plenty. Kalathra
dosham, puthira dosham, communicable diseases, mental disorders, leprosy, fall
in grace are caused by Rahu dosham. Praying to Rahu at this sthala helps rid a
person from these factors and also saves the person from all poisonous life
forms.His colour is black, his vahana is blue lion; the grain associated with
him is orid; the flower-mandarai; fabric-black cloth; gem- Komedagam; food-rice
mixed with orid dhal powder.
The Puranas say that Rahu is
instrumental in strengthening one's power and converting even an enemy into a
friend. Even the effect of a snakebite could be removed by his grace. Success
of effort is a blessing of Rahu as he stands for vigour and valour. Following
the direction of your Rahu is quite a bit like being a sailor in ancient times.
To keep their boats on course toward their destination, sailors kept looking
for the North Star (one of the brightest stars in the sky) to get where they
were going. They encountered many obstacles on their journeys - pirates, fog,
thunderstorms, marshy swamps and more - yet they kept their focus on the North
Star to guide them safely to their goal. Perhaps you have pirates, fog,
thunderstorms and other distractions in your life, too! Whether it is
irritating people, confusion about relationships or goals, or your own strong
emotions, when you get thrown off course by situations and events in your life,
you can look to your Rahu sign to help you get back on track. Learn as much as
you can about your Rahu sign and try to develop its best characteristics.
Adverse effects of Rahu will be, such
as, misunderstanding among relations and loss of money, illness and unnecessary
By worshiping Rahu we may get favourable
effect such as improvement in financial position, increase in comforts,
disappearance of bad habits, development of good habits
Rahu may be worshiped on any day. It will reduce the ill effects
Sri Naganathaswamy temple, which is also the Ragu
Abode, is a magnificent Temple situated seven kilometers east of Kumbakonam, in
Tanjore District, Tamilnadu State of India.
This temple occupies an area of 15 acres and it has
Vast prakarams, towering gopurams, and several mandapams. The fort like walls
which surround the outermost prakaram are pierced with four entry towers. There
are as many as 12 Theerthams here. There is an image of Sekkizhaar and a
mandapam built by him, here as well.
This temple was built by Gandaraditya
Chola son of Parantaka Chola I. The inner mandapams and the outer mandapams
were built by Sekkizhaar and Govinda Deekshitar (minister of Achyutappa
Thirunaageswaram Shivastalam is a vast
temple known for its shrine to Raahu, one of the nine celestial bodies -
Navagraham - hence a Navagrahastalam visited by thousands. (Rahu and Ketu are
associated with the legend of the churning of the milky ocean.)
It is located adjacent to the Vaishnava
Divya Desam Uppiliappan Kovil outside the town of Kumbhakonam. Sekkizhaar, the
author of Periyapuranam, named the temple that he built at Kunrattur in Tondai
Nadu after this temple.
There is a shrine to Raahu in one of the
prakarams. The Piraiani Nudalaal Ambaal shrine is situated in the inner
mandapam near the Naganather shrine, while the Girikuchambika shrine is housed
in a separate sanctum.
Legend has it that the mythological serpents Aadi
Seshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshipped Shiva here. Legend also has it that
Nala worshipped Shiva here as in Tirunallaar. Gowtama muni, Paraasarar and
Bhageerata are also associated with legends related to this temple.
Nagabatheswarar and the Goddess is Piraiyani Valnuthal Ammai.
Offerings for worshipping the God:
Ragu is attired with blue and is offered with urid dhal
(black gram) and mantharai flower. It is believed that offering the above to
Shri Ragu Bagavan will bring victory in all leads of life. Milk abishekam is
done to Sri Ragu Bagavan.
As Ragu, the serpent deity is enshrined here with his
two consorts in the Southwest corner of this temple, the devotees with Ragu
Dhosham , in one’s Horoscope Ragu the Ascend Node of the Sun is in 5th the
place or in 7th place or in 8th place, they are considered as harmful to the
welfare of the devotees and hence are called in the name of Dhosham does milk
abishekam to the Lord and thereby get rid of their Dhoshams
Mantra for Rahu:
Aum rang rahuve namah aum
6.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.