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Secret of Om Namah Shivaya revealed!

contd. from my last post

Next day, we woke up to a beautiful rainy morning making the place even more charged up and livelier. The weather was just perfect for us to start our day, though it continued raining. The driver took us to a ‘special’ mess, I don’t recollect the name though. It was a medium-sized room painted blue, with half its ceiling thatched, water dripping inside at intermittent places, with different sized tables and chairs, and there was no place to sit, so full of customers! The ‘wait’ers in the ‘special’ mess hardly knew anything about ‘customer’ service. πŸ™‚ So, we had to ‘wait’ till someone listened to us. But, when the breakfast was served, it was too tasty and was worth its ‘wait’. The kumbakonam ‘degree kaapee'(that’s how coffee @Kumbakonam is specially known) smelt and tasted so good, with the weather adding to it! I can smell kaapee as I type this…

After our ΰ€ͺΰ₯‡ΰ€Ÿ pooja, we set off to the Suryanarayanar : Sun God temple. Unlike other temples where the main deity is Lord Shiva, in this temple the main deity is the Sun god. But still, there was a place in the main shrine where there was Lord Shiva and Parvati. We got a little wet in the rain and felt cold as we waited in the queue.

Sri Suryanarayanar – Sun God

But, as we entered the shrine, we could feel the radiance of the Sun, the luster, the ‘soothing’ heat, seeing the Sun God was just magnificent! One more thing is that, the Guru (Planet Jupiter) stands just in front of Sun inside the shrine. It seems, this arrangement is so as to cool down the heat intensity of Sun’s rays. Even science says that the Jupiter absorbs all the harmful rays, the meteors, etc. from the space and protects the earth! πŸ™‚

Rahu, Serpent God at Thirunageshwaram

After this, we visited Sukran (Venus – the lord of prosperity), Chandiran (Moon – For Healthy Mind and body), Rahu (the North lunar node) and Guru (Jupiter) stalams. The Devi in Sukran temple shares my name ;-)! In each temple, we felt special and different – The Chandiran temple was so cooling and relaxing as expected; in the Thirunageshwaram temple for Rahu (Serpent God) – How the milk color changes to blue when poured on the deity is something to watch!

You can google and read a lot of interesting stories about these temples, instead of me CTRL C – CTRL Ving it here. πŸ˜‰ One of the main realization that I had was, Guruji always tells us to chant “Om Namah Shivaya” to waive away any negative effects that can happen due to the planetary positions and transitions. In all these temples, one thing that was common was that all the Planet Gods are said to have prayed to Lord Shiva for saving them from their curse. All these temples have been systematically built, with a shrine for Lord Shiva such that people will have to anyways chant the mantra when they get there! Nice!!? πŸ™‚

Also, in each temple, people light a lot of lamps, and it is said the planet Gods will do good to us if we do so. So, we too casually bought the lamps and lit in all the temples. For the first time, I felt so different after lighting the lamps in each temple; as if something in me got purified and nullified. Though lighting a lamp everyday at home is a trained habit from childhood, some realization happened in this trip. It not only purifies the surroundings, but also one’s self! You need to experience it to know it.

It said that the best days to go to each Navagraha-temple is on their day during the week. For Rahu and Ketu (North and South Lunar nodes), its Sunday and Tuesday respectively. But, even a weekend visit to these temples can get you an awesome experience! Just remember to sit, sing and meditate at least for few minutes in each temple instead of just rushing from one temple to another to complete the visit. πŸ™‚

Or…
Just sit back at your place and chant (Om Namah Shivaya)*108 times everyday and all Navagrahams will do us all Good!

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Birthday wished by the planets!

This post had been in “draft” status for almost 5 months now, here it goes “publish”ed! πŸ™‚

Last year, I got to celebrate my birthday at the Navagraha temples around Kumbakonam, a major temple-hub in Tamilnadu.

Our neighbours-friends-family, Shwetha and Vivek had planned to go these temples on the 29th and 30th Oct’11, and had asked us a week back if we would like to join in. But, Prasanna and I had booked “tatkal” tickets to go to Chennai. Prasanna, all of a sudden on 28th morning, wanted to pay a visit to these temples. By this time, I too had the same desire. πŸ™‚ So, within an hour, the route changed from Chennai to Kumbakonam and bus seats booked. Yes, we do donate money to Indian Railways every year like this. Happy Railways!

On my birthday, we reached Kumbakonam at around 6 am, booked a cab, got ready, had breakfast, Kumbakonam degree coffee ( πŸ˜‰ ) and we set off! We decided to start with the goddess Divine, visited the Lalithaamba temple at Thirumeyachur, she is said to be the embodiment of all Gods and Goddesses. The statue of the Goddess was so beautiful, she was decked up so well and it was as if She was sitting there!

Lalithambikai at Thirumeeyachur

This temple has its story of a devotee seeing the Goddess in dreams and She asking her to adorn Her(statue) with anklets. The devotee had taken the anklets, the priest told her there was no provision in the devi’s statue for the same. But, when he went to the shrine, to his surprise, there was a small gap exactly to fit in the anklets! πŸ™‚ We sat there, sang a few devi bhajans, meditated, felt blessed and grateful :-). Really beautiful temple.

After this, we went to the Shaneeshwarar(Saturn) temple. It was a Saturday and we wanted to attend the special pooja with Abishekam for Shani bhagawan that happens every Saturday. One of my well wishers-astrologer-friend-guide had mentioned that Shaneeshwarar plays an important role in Prasanna’s and my jaatakam(horoscope). That made Him all the more important. When people talk about Shaneeshwarar, they usually create fear – as if He is sitting just to watch us and punish us. But, in this temple, the planet God is in the peace blissful blessing form, they call Him “anugraha murthy” here. The temple was super crowded as expected, with nearly 1000+ devotees in long queues. The best part is the darshan there! Among these 1000+, how we got the best darshan, is something I(we) wonder! Somehow we were sent close to have the best darshan of the abhishekam, archanai and aarathi. The best part did not end there… The place is close to the sea, so it was hot and sultry the whole morning till… Just as we came out of the temple after the amazing abhishekam, archanai, lighting sesame oil lamp, having prasadam – there was a soothing cooling drizzle! – as if all the Gods, Goddesses, including Shani bhagavan blessed us from the heaven! waaaaaahhhhh! I felt sooo blessed, grateful, contented! After this, the climate of all the places that we visited changed from being hot, sultry and tiring to cool, breezy, and refreshing!!!

After the happy drizzle! πŸ™‚

By this time, it was afternoon and we had stopped at Karaikal to have lunch. The driver had mentioned to us that we will have nothing to do for the next 2 hours as usually, in Tamil Nadu, the temples are closed during this time – 1pm – 4 pm approx. and This being the case we might not be able to make it to all the 9 temples of the planets by the next night. But, after lunch, he suddenly remembered that the “Ketu shtalam” (temple of South Lunar Node), is open on that particular day during that time, because of the “yamagandam” time between 1:30-3:00pm! We reached the place, Keezhaperumpallam, in an hour and the time was 5 minutes to 3 pm :)! We were just at the right auspicious time, for which people usually plan and visit that temple! What a ‘divine’ planning!!? πŸ™‚

After Ketu, we went to the Budan(Mercury) temple, Thiruvenkadu (or Swethaanranya in Sanskrit means Sacred White forest). This is one temple that all of us loved for the way it was built! It is built over a HUGE area and there are 3 temple tanks inside the temple compound.

Chandra Teertham - Temple tank at Budhan temple, Thiruvengadu

Just as we went close to the temple, we felt very good. The soothing cloudy climate with a light drizzle added more flavor to it. This temple has several shrines that have their own amazing stories. Budhan is responsible for knowledge, music, intelligence, healthy brain and the nervous system, charm, and many other things. Among the 9 temples, where the main deity is Lord Shiva, this one specially has a shrine for Lord Narayana or Vishnu. It is said that Budhan is the son of Chandran, the Moon god, and Lord Vishnu rules over Him. Budhan is the planet Mercury and in Seven days, Wednesday is His :-). Budhan is said to have meditated in front of the temple tank “Chandra teertham”. It is an awesome place to meditate. We spent quite a good amount of time in the shrines, especially one of the devis here, “Bhrahma Vidya Nayaki” – one would feel that She is just sitting there for giving the highest knowledge!

After spending 2 or 3 hours in Budhan temple, we went to Vaideeshwaran temple. Here, Lord Shiva is said to cure all types of illness in the health. Planet Mars, or Chevvai(God of Tuesday) is regarded as the God of physical strength and valour and he is also believed to cure any type of prolonged diseases. He is said to be the Son of Earth and is ruled by Lord Subramanya. Lord Rama had also been to this place and had performed the last rites of Jatayu, the vulture, who had tried to protect Goddess Sita from Ravana. We had a beautiful darshan at all the shrines here.

A lot about these temples is available online, each temple has many stories. Best to experience them!!! πŸ™‚ I had been to these temples once before when I was in college. One remarkable difference of then and now is that I had a BIG list to ask for then, but this time, I just felt so happy, grateful and contented(tears), I had to think hard if I really needed something… Sadhana-Seva-Satsang has made a difference! πŸ™‚

Next posts on rest of the planet Gods and some realization that I had :-)…

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