At a distance of 17 km from Mayiladuthurai, 27 km from Chidambaram, 45 kms from Karaikal, 54 km from Kumbakonam and 94 km from Thanjavur, Vaitheeswaran Koil is city in Nagapattinam district which is known for the Vaidyanatha Swamy Temple. The temple is often known as Pullirukkuvelur.
Vaidyanatha Swamy and Thaiyalnayaki are the presiding deities of this temple. The Selva Muthukumara Swamy shrine right here can also be thought of to be of necessary. There are Shiva lingas stated to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka. It’s believed that Rama and his brother Lakshmana cremated the vulture king Jatayu who was killed by Ravana when he tried to stop the kidnapping of Sita at this place. There’s a pond at this temple referred to as Jatayu kundam.
It is likely one of the Navagraha temples related to the planet Mars (Angaraka). In line with legend, Planet Mars was as soon as troubled with leprosy and was cured by Vaidyanatha Swamy and from then on it’s handled as Angaraka sthalam.
The temple has a five-tiered gopura and enormous enclosures. Lord Vaitheeswaran is worshipped as Shiva linga within the internal sanctum. The primary enclosure across the sanctum has the picture of Subramanya, worshipped right here as Muthukumara Swamy. The opposite steel photographs within the sanctum are of Nataraja, Somaskanda, Angaraka and stone sculptures of Durga, Dakshinamoorthy, Surya and Jatayu. The shrine of Thaiyalnayaki who stands with the medicinal oil to remedy the ailments of the devotees is current within the second enclosure dealing with south. It additionally has a small shrine to Dhanvantari and Angaraka. The southern gateway from this precinct results in the temple tank and immediately faces the Thaiyalnayaki shrine.
Important characteristic within the temple building is that the western tower permits the rays of the Solar to fall on the Shiva lingam for just a few days yearly. There’s tank often known as Siddhamirtham throughout the temple advanced and a holy dip on this tank is believed to remedy all ailments. The temple has inscriptions from the interval of Vikrama Chola (12th century CE), the Nayaks (16th century CE) and the Marathas (18th century).
Folks pray right here for treatment from varied illnesses, boils, pimples and scars. They get the particular oil from the temple and apply on the physique. That is the place the place Danvantri Siddha attained Samadhi. The village can also be identified for palm leaf astrology referred to as Naadi Astrology in Tamil.
The 10 day Thai pageant in January-February, 28 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam, 6 day Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Vaikasi Mannabishek and month-to-month Kruthikas are grandly celebrated within the temple. Puja for Angaraka is carried out on Tuesdays and he’s taken in procession.
Timings: 6 AM – 11 AM and 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM.