Known as the shadow planet, Ketu has strong influences on a person's life. He is the indicator of wisdom and intelligence. He resides blessing his devotees in the small temple of Nagannathaswamy in Keezhaperumpallam. As with other Navagraha temples, the presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Here he is Nagannathar, the one who gave boon to the Naga Vasuki. The temple of Ketu is believed to have built by Vikram Chola. The architecture and inscriptions in the temple are mostly of the Chola period. It is believed that worshipping here and taking dip in the holy Nagatheertha will eliminate the adverse effects of Ketu.
During the churning of Palazhi by the Asuras and Devas, Vasuki, the snake spit venom which Lord Shiva drank to protect the Universe. Vasuki, performed penance to Shiva as he had caused the Lord to drink poison. Shiva pardoned Vasuki and obliged to stay at the temple. He is, hence called Naganathar swamy. It is believed that Ketu also worshipped the Lord here to relieve him of a curse.This Temple is part of the famous Navagraha Yatra.
Nagannathaswamy Temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. The shrines have colourfully sculpted gopurams. The primary deity of the temple is that of Naganathaswamy in the Lingam form. Lord Ketu shrine is outside the main temple, in which the idol of Ketu stands with folded hands worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Ketu's face can be seen enshrined in a serpent with the body of an asura. There is a Nagatheertham, the holy tank in the front of t...View more
e temple. The stories of Ketu and Naganathaswamy are written on the walls of the temple with artistic drawings of the Gods.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu
These areas in the Cauvery delta region were ruled by Medieval Cholas and has various antique temples dating back to the period. It is believed that all the holy rivers in India converge in Mayiladuthurai every year on new moon day in the Tamil month of Aippasi (November-December). Bathing in river Cauvery on this day, is considered to relieve people of their sins.
Taxis can be hired from the nearby places of Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Sirkali, Karaikal, Chennai and Trichy to the temple. There are a few buses which ply these routes too.
The temple priests perform regular pujas to the deities in Nagannathaswamy Temple. Special pujas are performed during Rahu Kala and Yamaganda Kala time of the day
red lily flower, multi coloured cloth, horse gram
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