|GODS and GODDESSES|
Sthala varalaru, doshams and remedial measures
The Devas, when churning the paarkadal
for nectar, were hindered by the poisonous fumes from the snake Vasuki
and prayed to Lord Siva for deliverance. Lord Siva consumed the deadly
poison (Ala Visham), thus giving rise to the name Alangudi to this sthalam
and the Lord came to be called Aabathsagayar.
Lord Ganesha subdued Gajamuhasuran
who gave the Devas a horrid time and he is thus worshipped in this sthalam
as 'Kalangaamal kaatha Vinayagar'. Ambal undertook severe penance and married
Lord Siva and hence this place is hailed as Thirumana Mangalam. This sthalam
is the Parivara sthalam for Madhyarjuna Mahalinga Peruman. This is the
fourth amongst the Panchavarunya Sthalas. Vishwamithrar, Thirumal, Brahma,
Lakshmi, Garuda, Ashta Thikku Balagas, Ayyanar, Veera Badrar, Mukunda Chakravarthy,
Suvasanan, Sundarar have worshipped at this sthala.
Lord Siva as a ferryman(boatman)
was helping Sundaramurthy Swamigal cross the river (Vettaru) which was
in spate, to reach this sthalam. The boat capsized hitting a rock, when
halfway. Lord siva seated on his Rishaba Vahana helped him reach the sthala
safely. Sundarar received his Gnanaupadesam after his darshanam of Dakshinamurthy
at this sthala. Fame, wealth, siblings are the beneficial aspects of Guru.
The sthlam of Guru
Bhagavan is Alangudi, 17 kms from Kumbakonam enroute to Mannargudi. His
wives are Tharai, Sangini. The presiding deities are Kasi Aaranyeswarar
and his consort Elavarkuzhali. Guru is the Lord of Dhanusu and Meena Rasi
and he faces North direction. The Adi Devatha is Brahma and the Prathyathi
Devatha is Indran. His colour is yellow and his vahana is elephant. The
grain associated with him is kadalai; the flower - white mullai; fabric
- yellow cloth; gem - pushparagam (white topaz); food - rice mixed with
bengal gram dhal powder.