Navagraha Temples at Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Navagraha

Navagraha

3. Vaitheeswaran Kovil

History

This temple was an ancient temple and built by the ancient kings, in order to get relieve from diseases. Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanathar which means “God of healing” and it is believed that regular prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure several dreaded diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha temples and is associated with the planet Mars also called as Angaraka. The holy waters of the temple tank, is believed to cure all diseases of the devotees.

Significance

The temple is revered by Tevaram hymns of saint poets Thirunavukkarasar and sambandar belonging to the 7th century. The village is also famous for Naadi astrology in Tamil. The temple is praised Tamil saint poets and is also classified as a Paadal Petra Sthalam (temple revered by the nayanars). Thirunavukkarasar compares Lord Shiva to luminous objects – a flame, a pearl, a diamond and pure gold. He also indicates wasting lot of days not worshipping Shiva at this temple.

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