Sivalokanathar Temple, Tirupunkur – Prayers
Devotees throng the temple for relief from the adverse aspects of serpent planets and sin effects of past birth. They pray to Lord Sivalokanathar in anthill form for mental peace, employment opportunity, development in professions and it is the strong faith of the devotees that he would not fail them. Devotees offer the punugu paste-a cosmetic paste – to Lord Sivalokanathar at about 8.30 p.m. on Mondays with Tirukkuvalai pujas.
Those facing long delays in wedding due to serpent planet aspects make silver pieces with snake symbol and place it in the Hundi. They also offer Wedding garlands with Parihara Archanas. For relief from the sin effects of the past births, devotees perform special archanas to Lord Vinayaka, Shiva, Mother Ambika, Lord Muruga and Sage Agasthya (Pancha Puja-five pujas).
Devotees perform special abisheks to Mother Ambika and Lord with cosmetic powders, oils, milk, curd, sacred ash, rose water, green coconut, panchamirtha, lime fruit, honey, sandal etc. and offer vastras. They also contribute for the renovation of the temple. The main deity at the Sanctum Sanctorum is anointed with Viboothi, Lime Juice, tender coconut, milk and Dravya powder abhishekams. Devotees perform special puja by offering Neyvedhyams and distribute to the visitors.