Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tirunageshwaram- ( Rahu sthalam) ,Tamil Nadu

Tirunageshwaram  is an important Navagraha temple in Kumbhakonam ,  Rahu is worshipped here along with his consorts. The presiding deity is Naganatha swamy ( Siva) . His consort is known here as Girigujambika. Rahu is found in the subshrine of the main temple.This is the only place where  Rahu appears in a human form, unlike other temples where he is worshipped as a serpent.

The temple gets crowded here during Rahu Kalam . The idol of Rahu is worshipped and bathed in milk during this period to ward off the ill effects of the planet.

This temple is 7 Kms from the Kumbakonam town. Very near to Uppiliyappan temple.( 1 km)


27 comments:

Mridula said...

Lovely pictures Chitra. Why is it that so many temples that you post have the blue/green theme?

Team G Square said...

Very beautiful temple .

Martina said...

So amazingly beautiful Chitra! Hope you have a lovely day, sunny greetings from germany!

KParthasarathi said...

Hailing from a village nearby these places,I have a fascination for these temples.Thank you,Chitra

chitra said...

Mridula,
Most of the temples use natural dyes, hence they are either blue and green and light shades,off late synthetic paints are also being used which is spoiling the beauty as a whole.

chitra said...

TGS,
thanks .

chitra said...

Marina,
thanks Martina. Have a nice day.

chitra said...

KP,
thanks.Are you from Kumbhakonam?

Asha said...

yes, i have been to this temple, beautiful pics!!

? said...

Loved the temple against the monsoon skies.

....Petty Witter said...

I'm intrigued as to why it is here that Rahu appears in human form as opposed to a serpent - any theories?

EC said...

Have been here..its a big and spacious temple..nice coverage

chitra said...

Asha,
Thanks .

chitra said...

?
The sky was overcast and the pics are beautiful.

chitra said...

PW, No idea at all PW, everyone says this is the only place in India where Rahu appears in human form....May be some legend that also . But could not gather.

chitra said...

EC, thank you so much.

Oh my Dior! said...

this is a beautiful one!


http://www.ohmydior.org/

chitra said...

Thanks OMD.

Arti said...

I have never heard about Rahu appearing in human form any time. Very interesting info and beautiful captures..

Bikramjit said...

WOw.. beautiful

Bikram's

aipi said...

Absolutely spectacular!
USMasala

sm said...

Rahu kal
nice show

chitra said...

Arti, thanks ,that is the unique thing about this temple.

chitra said...

Bikram.thanks
sm, thanks,
Aipi, thanks.

A said...

Chitra, seems like you are very busy. Unusually short post with just 9 pictures...

I did not know Rahu is also worshiped. Great pictures.

Anonymous said...

Nandri,

Thaangal, Intha kovilku poneergala

Thiru Karkateswarar, Arumarunthanayaki temple - Thirunthudevankudi

Thiruvisainallur - SivalogaNathar.

Worth Visiting

chitra said...

Anonymous,
Haven't visited those temples. I could visit only a few around Kumbhakonam. shall remember this list when I visit next. thanks.