Kethu temple is the Navagraha Sthalam located at Keezhperumpallam in Thanjavur district. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kethu. The main Idol of this temple is Lord Shiva as “Naganathaswamy” and Goddess Parvathi as “Soundaranayagi” in this temple. The temple is situated in Small village and located on the Cauvery river which near to Poompuhar. Keezhaperumpallam is also known as Vanagari. Here Naganathar is the main deity and his consort is Soundarya Devi. This temple is dedicated to Kethu (South Lunar Node), one of the nine planets or navagraha. Kethu Bhagavan has the head of a snake and the body of an asura. It is rare to see Kethu Bhagavan with his head. Kethu worshiped Shiva here to get rid of his sins. Here he is seen worshiping Naganathar with folded hands.
Ketu is generally referred to as a “shadow” planet. He is considered as Tail of the Demon Snake. It is believed to have a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. Astronomically, Ketu and Rahu denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move on the celestial sphere. Therefore, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the north and the south lunar nodes. The fact that eclipses occur when Sun and Moon are at one of these points gives rise to the story of the swallowing of the Sun and the Moon. Ketu Bhagavan do not have any physical or celestial bodies like the other planets. The corresponding South point which is exactly 180 degrees away from the former is called Ketu Bagawan. Kethu Bhagavan is adorned in multicolor and it is believed that offering pooja to the Lord Kethu at Keezhperumpallam with red Lilly, kollu (horse gram), and cloth will get relieved from illness, poverty and other doshams.
History and Legend of Keezhperumpallam
- Keezhperumpallam is also called Vanagiri. The planets Kethu and Rahu, known as ‘Chaaya Grahangal’, are associated with the legend of the churning of the milky ocean. When the Devas and Asuras churned the ocean of milk with the Manthira Mountain as the churning stick and snake Vasuki as the rope, the amirtham emerged.
- This was consumed by an asura, who disguised himself as a Deva. Knowing this, Lord Narayana hit the asura on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground. As the asura had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live.
- The head portion of the asura attached itself to a snake body and became Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion that was thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region which was found and preserved by a Brahmin. The head of a snake got attached to the asura body to become Kethu.
Significance of Keezhperumpallam Temple
- The center icon of the temple Kethu is considered to be a shadow planet. And number 7 is considered to be the number denoting Ketu God. Ketu God is found here with a divine posture headed with five-headed serpent and with folded hands worshiping Lord Shiva (Lord Naganatha swamy).
- It was believed that the devotees will get rid of from Naga dhosham, Kethu dhosham, and form marriage related issues by worshiping this temple. According to astrology, Ketu’s effects are that of similar to Mars but this is only one way of describing the malefic effect and power of Ketu.
- Ketu can be more destructive if it is inauspiciously positioned in the horoscope. Ketu destroys the potency of the planet with which it is conjunct, making the planet behave in an uncontrollable manner. All days are special in the Ketu temple at Keezhaperumpallam.
- Rahu and Ketu were the twins and universe planets than other planets. Lord Ketu is red in colour and decorated with red lilly flower and red dresses. The effect of Ketu will create hindrance in one’s effort, poverty, enemy, ill health, devil spirits, loss of property, loss of face etc.
Keezhaperumpallam Temple Temple Timings
This temple will remain open from 6.00AM to 12.00PM and 3.30PM to 8.30PM and also be kept opened during Raaghu kalam and Emakandam.
Festivals celebrated at the KeezhperumpallamTemple
Mahashivarathri: The day before the Amavasya (new moon) of each lunar month is called Shivarathri. Among all the Shivarathris of the year, the one that falls in the lunar month of Magha in February-March each year is considered to be most auspicious, and is celebrated as Mahashivratri.The observance of the Vratha is believed to secure for the devotee immunity from the eftects of sin committed either wittingly or unwittingly. The night is divided into four quarters, each quarter going by the name of a Jama called also Yama. And pious people keep awake during every one of it , worshipping Iswara. It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha.
Panguni Vasuki Utsav: Panguni Uthiram is an important and an auspicious day for the Tamil Hindus. It is observed in the month of Panguni (also known as Phalguni) when Nakshatram (Star) Uthiram or Uttara Phalguni prevails. Panguni is the twelfth and last month in the Tamil Calendar and is also known as Meena month in other solar calendars.It is believed that Goddess Parvati in the form of Gowri married Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram and because of this belief this day is also celebrated as Gowri Kalyanam day.
Karthigai Festival: Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. In some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam. The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of 7th century Saiva nayanars – Tamil saint poets and is also classified as a Paadal Petra Sthalam.
Navaratri Festival: Navratri, literally interpreted as ‘nine nights’ is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity and power or ‘shakti’. Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting and is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights. Navratri in India follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshipped for the first three days of Navratri followed by Goddess Laxmi for the next three days.
Aippasi Abhishekam: The full moon day in the Tamil month Aippasi / Kartik Pournami is an auspicious day to perform Annabhishekam to Lord Shiva. In most of the Shiva temples Mahakala Puja, Abhishekam, and Maha Mangala Harathi are performed to Lord.
Poojas and Rituals at Keezhperumpallam Temple
Ketu is specially offered with offerings like Lilly flowers, horse gram (Kollu), and multi colored cloths. Abhishekam to Lord Ketu is performed daily by 8.30am. Prodhoshams are very special occasions. Six worship services are offered at the Ketu temple. One can worship Matsyavathara Purusha to appease Ketu graha. Feeding the fish is also recommended.
How to reach: Road, Rail and Air to Keezhperumpallam
By Air: The nearest airport to Nagannathaswamy Temple is Thanjavur airport, which is 23 Km away from the temple.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Nagannathaswamy Temple is Ariyalur railway station which is 32 Km away from the temple and Mayiladudhrai station is also the nearest railway station to the temple. Shiyali Railway Station, Thanjavur is about 15 km from the temple.
By Road: The temple is well connected by road networks. There are regular bus services plying to Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal, Pudukkottai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam, Pattukkottai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Ooty and Mysore.
Where to stay in Keezhperumpallam
There are many hotels that offer to provide the right ambiance for a relaxing stay for the discerning traveller.
- Hotel Gnanam Contact: Anna Salai Market Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001
- Lakshmi Hotel Contact: 44P, 45P VOC Nagar, Marys Corner, Trichy Main Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007
- Tanjore Hi Hotel Contact: 464, East Main Street, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001
- Sangam Hotel Contact: Trichy Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007
- Hotel Star Residency Contact: 20/1 A, SM Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007
- Hotel Parisutham Contact: 55, G.A.Canal Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001
Where to eat in Keezhperumpallam
- Vasantha Bhavan Contact: S Rampart Rd, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001
- Sathars Restaurant Contact: No. 167, Gandhiji Road, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613001
- Chennai Dharbar Restaurant Contact: H.I.G – 15, Kurinji Street,, New Bus Stand, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613005
- Sangam Hotel Contact: State Highway 99A, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007
- Thillana Contact: Sangam Hotel, SH 99A, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007
Nearby Temples in Keezhperumpallam
Brihadishwara Temple: The Brihadishwara Temple, also known as Rajarajeswaram built by the Chola Kings a thousand years ago, is one of the oldest and greatest Shiva Temple of all times. The temple is the standing example for the power and glory of its builder, Rajaraja Chola, an erstwhile King. The temple tower of 216 feet is the tallest of its kind in the world. Also the main tower was constructed in such a way that its shadow will never fall on the ground. The temple is 1000 years old. A massive linga on the central pedestal is enshrined within the sanctuary. A stone altar carved with a lotus on the top has the Navagrahas carved on to the sides. Another small structure in the south-west corner of the enclosure houses a Ganesha image. A large Nandi sculpture constructed of blocks is constructed in the front(east) of the principal temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is a 16 storey temple with a 66 m high monumental tower or vimana over the inner sanctum which can be visible for miles around.
Thirunallar Temple: Sri Darbaraneswarar Temple is the abode of Lord Shani(Lord Saturn). The Temple is most famous to Lord Shaneeswarar(Saneeswaran in Tamil). It is one of the 9 Navagrahas(Nine Planets). The main deities of the shrine are Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Paravathi Devi and Lord Shani Bhagawan. As per the history of the temple, the great King Nala of Puranic fame was relieved of the affliction of Lord Saturn or Lord Saneeswaran after worshipping the Lord consecrated in this temple.Whoever visits this temple and prays before Lord Saneeswaran is believed to have been relieved of all the curses and sufferings and get the blessings of Lord for a happy and prosperous life.
Naganathaswamy Temple: Sri Naganathaswamy Temple or Rahu Sthalam is one of the 9 Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu and is associated to Lord Rahu (Raaghu Bhagvan).Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu (Raghu) and got relieved of a curse. A unique feature of Naganatha Swamy temple is that Lord Rahu is seen with human face. While in other places, Lord Raaghu is worshipped with a serpent face. Naganathaswamy is generally visited by people with Rahu dosha. Moreover, locals of the region claim that during ‘milk abhishekam’, the color of the milk turns from white to blue. The temple holds a big space and features four entry towers with fort like walls. The southern side of the temple has four Mandapas which are adorned with artistic pillars.
Apatsahayesvarar Temple: Alangudi (Guru stalam) has been located at a distance of 17.5 km from Kumbakonam,Thanjavur. Ala means poision. So the Lord Shiva known as Abathsahayeswarar which means one who help at critical situations. Presiding deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambulinga Murthy in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy adored as Guru Baghwan (teacher of Dharma and Yoga sastras) has special importance in the temple and therefore, the place is regarded as Dakshinamurthy Sthala.Guru is assigned to give luck,richness,health in ones life.If he transmitted to wrong position means they will get skin diseases,heart problems,not good in education.To overcome these problems devotees going to Alangudi and do things to satisfy Lord Guru.