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Thiruvenkadu Swedharanyeswarar Temple - Budhan Dhosha Parikara Sthalam - Mercury
Budhan Bhagwan Temple Thiruvenkadu

Thiruvenkadu Swedharanyeswarar Temple, One of the Navagraha Temples for Budha Bhagwan – The Planet Mercury is located In Sirkazhi of Nagappattinam District and about 15 KM from Vaitheeswaran Koil. Presiding Deity is Swedharanyeswarar along with HIS consort Goddess Brahma Vidyambal. There are three holy tanks here in this temple named as Agni Theertham, Surya Theertham and Chandra Theertham. There are also three Sthala Vrikshams in this temple named Aall – Banyan, Konrai and Villvam. The Holy Bath here in this temple tank blesses with the progeny and better children.Budhan Bhagwan blesses with Education, Knowledge, Music

Speaking Ability, Astrology, Maths and Medicine. Saint Valmiki refers to this temple in his Ramayanam as Swetharaneyeswarar killed Yema Darman at Thiruvengadu in the same manner Sree Rama killed Kara and Dushana. This is the most popular among the Six Sacred Places considered equivalent to Kasi Kshetram. The temple has separate shrines for the Three Forms of Lord Siva as Swetharanyeswarar, Natarajar and Agoramurthi. All the Four Samayakuravars namely Thirugnana Sambandar, Appar alias Thirunavukarasar, Sundaramurthy Swamigal and Manickavasagar have hymned about this temple. This is the only temple where Lord Siva is being worshipped in his most ferocious and the terrific one, of HIS 64 forms as Agoramurthi.

This is the place where Pattinaththar, the author of the 11th Holy Scriptures,Thirumurai attained benediction. Sivadeekshai. Indran, Airavatam, Budhan, Suryan and Chandran are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Thiruvenkadu is one of the six places considered to be equivalent to Kasi. The remaining temples are Rameswaram, Sreevanchiyam, Gaya, Thiriveni Sangamam and Thilatharpanapuri. Thiruvenkadu is one among the 51 Shakthi Peedams, which is also called Aathi Chidambaram. Goddess Vidyambigai blessing with good education. Soma Theertham and The Surya Theertham created by the Sun and the Moon are of great significance in Thiruvenkadu.

Thiruvenkadu - The Temple for Progeny - Once there was a great saivite named Acchyuta Kalappalar lived in Tiruppennakatam, who was gifted with all material blessings but not a child. One day the Lord appeared in his dreams and asked him to go to Thiruvenkadu with his spouse and carry out the worship and pray towards Swedharanyeswarar. While the Kalappalar was performing the worship, the Lord of Thiruvenkadu told him in his dream that though he had not the good fortune to havea child in that birth, because of his implicit faith in the utterings of Sambandar, he would be granted a child even like the saint himself. The chieftain finished his vow of worship and returned to his native place. In course of time a male child was born. He was none other than Meykandar The Great pet who wrote Sivagnanabotham.

Once a sage by the name Swethaketu is said to have been saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Lord Shiva here , as Markandeya in Thirukkadavur. Tthere is a shrine for Meykandar – The Author of Sivagnanabotham here on the banks of the Agni Theertham. It is also believed that Shiva took the fierce Aghoramurthy form, to vanquish the demon Maruttuvan, to whom he had given his Shoolam - which he had misused. There are several shrines of significance here in this temple which includes Durgai and Kali. The idols of Natarajar here is of great beauty. Worshipping to Aghoramurthy - Shiva's fiery form, also known as Veerabhadrar is said to be of significance on Sunday nights. The Aalamaram here is referred to as Akshayavadam – The Infinite one. It is believed that the Somakundam and Suryakundam referred to in Silappatikaaram refer to these tanks. Vilvam and Konrai are the other stala vrikshams here. Offering Green Cloths and Full Green Moong Dhall to Budhan here is auspecious. Thiruvenkadu means the sacred white forest. This is also called Adhi Chidambaram and the Chidambara Rahasyam is also here. As seen in Chidambaram, Vishnu is near Nataraja. Special worship services are offered to Natarajar and the associated Spatikalingam, as in Chidambaram.

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