Friday, December 23, 2016

Naganathaswamy Temple, Keezhperumpallam – The Temple

Naganathaswamy Temple, Keezhperumpallam – The Temple
Naganathaswamy Temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and has a two-tiered Rajagopuram with two precincts. The presiding deity of Naganathaswamy Temple is Lord Shiva, worshiped in the form of Lord Naganatha Swamy along with Goddess Soundara Nayagi (Goddess Parvati). The center icon of the temple Kethu is considered to be a shadow planet. And number 7 is considered to be the number denoting Kethu god.




Planet Kethu with his five-headed serpent head and human body is facing west on his Simha (lion) seat with folded hands worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Anugraha Vinayaka graces in the temple from his separate shrine. Bamboo is the sacred tree of this place. In front of the temple there is the holy tank known as Naga Theertham.



There is no Navagraha shrine in the temple as Kethu has all the prominence. However, there are two Sun idols and a Saturn idol in the temple.  Pujas are performed to one Sun during the Utharayana Punyakala covering January-February to June-July and to the other Sun during the Dakshinayana Punyakala covering July-August to December-January.


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