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    8. Ragu sthalam

    Located Place: Thiru Nageswaram (Its Near Kumbakonam)

    Deity: Naganatha swamy Goddess: Sri Giri Gujambigai.

    Thala Virutcham: Shenbagam

    Theertham: Surya Theertham (Surya Puskarani)

    Sanctum: Nganatha swamy and Sri Gujambigai

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

    Temple contact no: 0435-2463354.

    About Thirunageswaram:

    The Thirunageswaram located near Kumbakonam south India. And the main deity is Naganatha Swamy and his consorts’ Sri GiriGujambigai. And it’s only one temple for Saturn (Ragu) (Navagraha in Tamil nadu).

    Shiva is worshiped as a Naganathar and is represented by Linga and his consort Parvathi Amman Is depicted as Sri Piraisoodi Amman.

    The temple is revered by the verses Thiru Gnana Sammandar hence referred as Padal Petra stalam.

    And the temple constructed during the period of 10 th century. And constructed by chola and then Nayak.

    Thirunageswarn temple a unique feature of Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is that Rahu Bhargava is seen with human face. Normally in other places, Rahu Bhagavan is seen with a serpent face. Here Rahu Bhagavan is present with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni.

    Here Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu and got relieved of a curse.

    In this temple during Pooja (Milk Abishegam) poured over the idol, turns blue which is clearly visible.


    Many serpents, including Adishesha, Karokota and Takshaka worshipped the god of Shiva at this place, "Tirunageswaram". As per the Hindu legend, the king of snakes, Adisesha did penance at this place, called Senbaranya shetram due to large number of Senbaga trees.

    Shiva was pleased by the penance and appeared to him. Since Shiva gave a boon to the king of Serpents, he is called Naganathar. A Goddess Girigujambal is believed to be worshipping Shiva.

    Here with goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Vinayagar, Murugan, and Shasta. Bhairava is still believed to be guarding and assisting the divine mother during her prayers.

    The Goddess is said to be Swayambu as she is present in the form of Meru. Hence, no Abhishek am (ablution) is performed for the image.

    As per a Hindu legend, Indra was cursed by sage Gautama as he misbehaved with the latter's wife Ahalya. To obtain deliverance from the sage's curse, it is said that Indra worshipped Giri-Gujambigai with a scented material termed Punugu for 45 days. Sages like Gautama and Parashara and kings like Bhagiratha and Nala are said to have worshipped Naganathar at this place.


    According to the story, when amrita (Amirtham) emerged after churning of the Paarkadal (sea) by the devas and the asuras, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to the devas. Realising this, Rahu (an asura) with the help of Sukrachariyar, took the form of a deva and consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran who noticed this, complained to Lord Shiva. In anger, Lord Shiva hit Rahu on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground. But because he had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The body of the snake got attached to the head. Rahu takes his revenge on Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them. This is commonly called as eclipse. Rahu prayed to Lord Shiva and got the position of a Sayagraham.

    Astrology (Features):

    Astrologers suggest that doing Milk abishek (Abishegam) (especially on Sundays) here for Rahu during Rahu kaalam (period of 1, 1/2 hours occurring every day ) the malefic effects of Rahu like marriage obstacles, lack of progeny, troubled marital life, Kalasarpa Dhosham, Kalasthra Dhosha , Sarpa Dhosha are all neutralized.

    Rahu faces with South-West direction. The Adi Devatha is Durga and the Prathyathi Devatha is the snake


    Clour: Black Vahanam: Blue Lion Grain: Orid Flower: Mandarai.

    Fabric: Black cloth Gem: Komedagam neivethanam (food offering): rice mixed with Oried dhal Powder.


  • Rahu Peyarchi is a festival celebrated once every 1.5 years on the star when Rahu switches its planetary position from one raasi (galaxy) to the other.
  • The Brahmotsvam or prime festival is celebrated for ten days in the Tamil month of Karthigai (November–December).
  • Kandasashti festival is celebrated for six days during October or November every year when Murugan, the son of Shiva, symbolically kills the demon Surapadma. The scene is enacted in the South Street of the temple during the festival.
  • As per local legend, Rahu got relieved of his pains praying to Naganathar during a Shivaratri day and the day is celebrated in the temple.
  • Navaratri festival is celebrated for nine days for Girigujambigai and the images of Naganathar and Girigujambigai is taken in horse chariot on Vijayadashami, the concluding day of the festival. Sekkizhar Vaikasi Pooja is celebrated from 1969 on the birth date of Sekkizhar, the author of Periya Puranam, the epic describing the life history of the 63 nayanars.
  • Travel Information: Thirukadaiyur to Thirunageswaram 51 Km ( 1 Hr 30 Min).