Sri Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu Stalam), Tirunageswaram - Festivals
Brahmotsavam (November or December):
This grand festival is performed every year for ten days ending in the last Sunday of the Tamil month Karthigai i.e. November or December. There will be procession of the main deity’s every day. On the 5th day evening the Lord performs Archana himself, on the 7th day Thirukalyana Uthsavam, on the 9th day the temple chariot (Thiruther).
On the concluding day of Sunday, all deities will come in procession round the main streets and the sanctified water will be offered to devotees at the bank of Surya Theertham. Asthradevar will then take a holy dip in the Tank. On the 11th day Vidayatri (farewell function), the God and Goddess will be decorated in a flower- Pallakku (Palanquin) and taken round in procession. There will be Veda Parayanam, Thevaram, Nadaswaram recitals (Kutcheries) every day.
Kanda Shasti (October or November):
Kandashasti Uthsavam is celebrated for six days with procession of the deity every day. On the sixth day Lord Muruga getting “Velayudham” from Goddess is performed in a grand manner. In South Street there will be a symbolic fight between Surapadma and Lord Muruga.
It is in Thirunageshwaram that Rahu prayed unto the Lord and got relieved of curse on him, on Mahasivarathri day. Hence on this day every year there is Shivarathri Mahotsavam for three days with abishekam of the Lord using 1008 Conch Shells and every day there will be a grand abishekam and aaradhana for Rahu Bhagavan also. In the fourth period of Shivarathri night, Raghu Bhagavan comes in procession and has darshan of the Lord and gets relieved of the curse.
Navarathri function is performed for ten days for Goddess Girikujambal. Every day Abirami Andaathi Parayanam is done with Sahasranama archana. On Saraswathi pooja day, Lecture of Abirami Andaathi is arranged. On Vijayadasami day Lord and Goddess are taken in procession on Horse Vahanam, duty accompanied by grand Nadaswaram music performances. There is a function of “throwing arrow” by the Lord (Ambu Poduthal) and only after this function people begin their preparatory works relating to Deepavali.
Sekkizhar Vaikasi Pooja (June):
This place being the most sacred one for Sekkizhar Swamigal who wrote Peria Puranam, from the year 1969, for the last 37 years, Sekkizhar Vaikasi Pooja celebrations, are being held in a grand manner.
Rahu Peyarchi (Switching Over To Next Rasi):
On every occasion of Rahu switching over to next Rasi once in one and half years special Abishekam with Homam etc., is performed and for three days Rahu Bhagavan is taken in procession in Sesha Vahanam.