Naganatha Swamy Temple Thirunageswaram
Naganatha Swamy Temple Thirunageswaram – Planet (Rahu,North Lunar Node) - Naganatha Swamy Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples Located in Thirunageswaram near Kumbakonam,Tamil Nadu. . Naganatha Swamy Temple is a vast temple known for its shrine to Rahu, one of the nine celestial bodies in the Navagraha situated 8kms from Paradise Resort. A legend has it that the mythological serpents Adiseshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshipped Shiva here.
Legend also has it that King Nala worshipped Shiva here as in Thirunallar. Rahu is instrumental in strengthening one's power and converting even an enemy into a friend. He is ruled by Goddess Durga. The main deity's name is Nageshwarar and Ambal's name is Girigujambikai. She is decorated as a small girl in the Mornings, as young lady in Noons and as lady in evenings.. Here Ragu resides with his wife and everyday, during Rahu kalam, when Milk is poured over Rahu idol, it miraculously changes to blue colour. People having Ragu doasha come here during Rahu kalam and perform Abishekas.
Naganatha Swamy Temple is one of the 127 temples on the southern banks of river Cauvery and also one of the Panchakrosa Sthalas.
In Naganatha Swamy TempleThe Presiding Deity is Lord Naganathaswamy. There are two Shrines for the Goddess; Piraiyanivanudalumai’s Shrine is adjacent to Naganathaswamy’s shrine and GiriGujambika with Lakshmi and Saraswathy by her side.
A unique feature of Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is that Rahu Bhagavan is seen with human face. Usually 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.
Another feature of this temple is that during milk abhishekam, the milk when poured over the idol, turns blue which is clearly visible.