Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thiruthani Murugan Temple – Theerthams

Thiruthani Murugan Temple – Theerthams
Saravana Poikai
The sacred tanks of the shrines of our Lord are all known as Saravana poikai ('sacred pond of the reedy marsh' where Lord Karthikeya was born). The tank at Tiruthani, which (unlike in other places) is at the very foot of the hill, is particularly renowned for its sacred water (Teertham) having curative effect for ailments both bodily and mental, as it is rich in minerals such as sulfur, iron, etc.


A bath in this holy tank refreshes the devotee and makes him hale and healthy to propitiate our Lord with faith and devotion.


Sapta Rishi Teertham:
At the lovely garden on the south side of this sacred hill amidst a thick cluster of shady trees and seven cool sprints, the Seven Rishis (who today form the Great Bear stellar constellation) are said to have worshipped Lord Muruga and the Sapta Kannikas (Seven Virgins) enshrined at this place in a tiny temple.

On the outskirts of the Tiruthani town, on both sides of the Nandi River, are the ancient temples of Lord Vijayaragama Swami, Arumuga Swami and Veeratteswarar, the latter two of which are more than a thousand years old. In the temple of Arumuga Swami, there is Soorya puja every year for three days in March when the rising sun is said to worship our Lord by casting its rays upon the holy Feet of the deity on the first day, Breast on the second day and Head on the third day through a hold in the wall, which reveals the marvellous intellect of the architects of ancient days.

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