Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu – Prayers
Worship to Lord Shiva's fiery form Agoramurthy is considered to be of great importance at Thiruvenkadu Temple, especially on a Sunday night. Couples who have lost children through miscarriages or infant mortality name their surviving son as Agoram to take away the evil eye. Budhan is attired in green and devotees offer green moong dhal, white kanthal flowers and a green cloth. Budhan is the planetary ruler for knowledge, music, astrology, maths, sculpting, medicine and language skills. Wednesdays are special to Budhan (named after the planet as Budhwar in Hindi and Budhan Kizhamai in Tamil). Performing poojas on Wednesday is believed to rectify malefic influences of Mercury/Budhan in a person’s horoscope.
In the horoscope of an individual, Budhan can be both beneficial and malefic. The person with malefic Budhan may be childless, suffer from nervous problems and may not do well in academics and other arts. Worshiping Budhan on Wednesdays in Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple will alleviate the problems occurring out of Budhan dosham (malfeasance). The malefic effect of Budhan can cause problems related to respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis; speech impediments and nervous disorders may occur too. It is a belief that who takes bath in all these pools, the one will be free from their problems like diseases, delay in marriage, etc.