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    3. Mars (Angaharan )

    Located Place: Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur (Its Near Thirukadaiyur)

    Deity: Vaidyanathar or Vaitheeswaran Goddess: Thiyalnayaki Amman

    Thala Virutcham: Vembu – margosa

    Theertham: Siddhamritha (Siddhamirtham Tank)

    Temple Worship time: 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM & 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM.

    Temple contact no: 04364-279423.

    About Vaitheeswaran Koil:

    The village located near Thirukadaiyur – Mailaduthurai south India. And the main deity is Vaidyanathar and his consorts’ Thiyalnayaki. And it’s only one temple for Mars (Navagraha in Tamil nadu).

    There is a separate Sanctum (Sannidhi) for Mars (Angaharan).

    And the temple constructed during the period of 12 th century. And constructed and renovated by chola.

    The holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex contains nectar, and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.

    The temple has a five-tiered Gopuram (temple tower) and large precincts. The central shrine is that of Vaitheeswaran present a Linga in the inner most sanctum. The first precinct around the sanctum has the metal image of Subramanian, worshipped here as Muthukumara Swamy.

    The other metal images in the sanctum are of Nataraja, Somaskandar, Angarakan and stone sculptures of Durga, Dakshinamoorthi, Surya (Sun god), Jatayu, Vedas, Sampati. The shrine of Thaiyalnayaki who stands with the medicinal oil to cure the diseases of the devotees is present in the second precinct facing south.

    The large precinct also has a small shrine to Dhanvantari and shrine of Angaraka in stone sculpture. The southern gateway from this precinct leads to the temple tank and directly faces the Thaiyalnayaki shrine.

    The Sthala Vriksha (temple tree) is Vembu – margosa which possesses medicinal properties. It is located in the eastern gateway of the temple. The eastern gateway also has the shrine of Adi (original) temple that has a smaller replica of the main shrines. There is a fine metal image of Gangavisarjanar inside the temple.

    The Navagrahas unlike in other temples, are in a row. Near Bairavan are Ramar, Jadayu, Murugan, Suriyan and Chevvai. There is a separate idol of Chevvai.

    Chevvai is present in two forms – Utsavar (the idol that is taken out in procession during festivals) is near the Vaithyanathaswamy sannidhi (shrine) and the moolavar (the idol that is placed permanently in a place) is in the Eastern side of the outer praharam (circumambulatory path).

    The Utsava Murthy, mounted on a goat, is taken out in a procession inside the temple premises every Tuesday. Of the 18 holy Siddhas ‘Dhanvantari’ belongs to this temple. There is a small shrine to Lord Dhanvantari in the praharam (circumambulatory path) around Vaitheeswaran’s Sannidhi (Sanctum sanctorum.

    History:

    During the Ramayana history period, Raman, Lakshmanan and Saptarishi have worshipped the deity in this place There is a pond at this temple called Jatayu kundam (pot of Jatayu having holy ash of Vibhuti). One of the nine planets, Angaraka (Mars), suffered from leprosy and was cured by Vaidhyanathaswamy and from then on it is treated as one of the Navagraha Temples for planet Angaraka.

    Parvathi, the consort of Shiva, asked her son, Subramanian to appear with one face from his regular appearance of six faces. When he did so, she was pleased and presented him with vel (a weapon) to slay the demons. Subramanya overcame the Asura Surapadman (a demon) and in the war, his army was severely injured. Shiva came out as the healer Vaitheeswaran and cured the wounds. As per another legend, Shiva came as Vaidya, a doctor, and cured the leprosy of a staunch devotee named Angahara. Jatya, Rig Veda, Muruga and Surya were all believed to have worshipped Shiva here. Murugan obtained a trident at this place and is called Selvamuthu Kumaran.

    ‘Pullirukkuvelur’ Name Called as

    Pullirukkuvelur = (Pul – Irukku – Vel – Ur)

    Pul= Jatayu, Irukku-Rig Vedha , Vel=Skanda , Ur=Suryan.

    The village is also known for palm leaf astrology called Naadi astrology in Tamil. Also, Oali suvadi Jothidam or Nadi Jyothisham is one type of Astrological concept which is famous in this Vaitheeswaran Koil area.

    Festivals:

  • Brahmotsavam (annual festival) - Pankuni, and Thai (January–February).
  • Karthigai festival during November is also celebrated with pomp and glory.
  • Kantha Sashti, a festive occasion for Subramanya, is celebrated in the shrine of Muthukumaraswamy.
  • Travel Information: Thirukadaiyur to Vaitheeswaran Koil 24 Km (35 Min).