|GODS and GODDESSES|
Sthala varalaru, doshams and remedial measures
Kalava Munivar had foreseen his future
and relised that he would suffer from leprosy. He prayed to the Navagrahas,
who being pleased with his devotion absolved him of the disease. Brahma
Deva on realising that the Navagrahas were granting boons, instead of aspecting
a person as per his/her good and bad deeds, condemned them to suffer from
leprosy and banished them to earth.
The Navagrahas realising
their mistake, pleaded for mercy. Brahma adviced them to seek the blessings
of Lord Sva and his consort Uma Devi residing at Thirumangalakudi, after
bathing in the holy river, Cauvery. He adviced them to consume only curd
rice laid on Velerukku leaf.
Lord Siva, pleased with their devotion
absolved them of their sins and decried that there will be nine sannadhis
for the navagrahas in the Suryanar temple (this is the only temple where
all the navagrahas are present with separate sannadhis) and those who pray
here will get relief from their problems.
Those who suffer the ill effects of
Kalathara Dosham, Vivaha Paribandha Dosham, Puthra Dosham, Puthra Paribandha
Dosham, Vidhya Paribandha Dosham, Udyoga Padhibandha Dosham, Surya dasai,
Surya bukthi would benefit from worshipping at this temple. Father, Athma,
physical strength, right eye, governmental largesse are the beneficial
aspects of this planet.
The Suryanar temple is located 12kms
from Kumbakonam enroute to Mayavaram. Surya's wives are Usha, Prathyusha.
The presiding deities are Puranavaradheeswarar and his consort Mangalanayaki.
Surya is the Lord of Simma Rasi and occupies the central place amongst
the navagrahas. The adidevatha is Agni, prathyutha Devatha - Rudran. His
colour is red and his vahana is a chariot drawn by seven horses. The grain
associated with his is wheat; the flower - lotus, yerukku; fabric - red
clothes; gem - ruby; food - wheat, rava, chakkara pongal.