Friday, July 5, 2019

Vaidyanatha Swami Temple, Vaitheeswaran Koil – Legends

Vaidyanatha Swami Temple, Vaitheeswaran Koil – Legends
The place is also known as Pullirukkuvelur. Pul means Bird-here the eagle king Jatayu, the noblest character in Ramayana in the service of Lord Sri Rama, Irukku the Rig Veda, Vel-Lord Muruga and Oor the place make the name Pul Irukku Vel Oor = Pullirukkuvelur.
Angarakan, Son of Lord Shiva:
As per local legend, Shiva was doing penance at mount Meru when a drop of water fell from his forehead which turned into a beautiful child. Bhoodevi brought up the child, who went on to become a staunch devotee of Shiva. Pleased by the devotion, Shiva turned him to a planet. Based on his colour, Angarakan (Mars) is usually clad with red coloured cloth. 
One of the nine planets, Angarakan (Mars), suffered from leprosy and was cured by Vaidyanatha Swamy and from then on it is treated as one of the Navagraha Temples for planet Angarakan. Angarakan was cured of his leprosy after a dip in the holy water here.
Temple Tank:
The Temple Tank is known as Goksheera Theertham (Go means cow and Ksheera means milk) as Kamdhenu’s milk flowed into this tank when the holy cow performed Abhishek to the deity here with her milk. The water tastes sweet like cane juice and hence known as Ikshusara Theertham.
Headquarters of Medical Science:
The place is the headquarters of medical science that offers cure for 4448 diseases, it is said.
Veerasenan Son was cured of Tuberculosis here:
A king, Veerasenan by name came here with his son suffering from tuberculosis, bathed in the Theertha and offered sweet nivedhanas. He consumed the nivedhana with his son. His son was cured completely.
Chella Muthukumaraswami:
As a beloved son of Lord Vaidyanatha and Mother Thaiyal Nayaki, Lord Muruga in the temple is praised as Chella Muthukumaraswami – Chella-beloved. Lord Muruga enjoys all prominence in the temple. Hence all festivals are dedicated to him. Pujas to Lord and Mother are offered only after pujas to Lord Muruga. 
Lord Shiva cured Tirunavukkarasar’s Stomach pain here:
Tirunavukkarasar was suffering from severe stomach pain. At time, his sister told him to pray Lord Vaidyanatha Swamy. Then he prayed and got cured by Lord Shiva. He also became a great devotee of Lord Shiva and sung many songs for Lord Shiva.
No Snake & Frog comes near the Temple Tank:
Many Siddhas in days of yore performed abishek to Lord of this place with nectar and gained many boons. The nectar used for the abishek mixed with the holy spring. 18 Theerthas are mixed in this tank which cures all diseases people suffer from. When Sage Sadananda was performing penance here, he saw a snake trying to devour a frog. As the incident disturbed his penance, he cursed them. Since then, no snake or frog comes near this tank.
Daksha had his head and body joined together here:
Daksha had his head and body joined together after Siva punished him for his disrespect after taking bath in the Temple tank.
Kothanda / Rama Theertham:
When Sri Rama was living in the forest with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, they came here and offered prayers to their ancestors. Hence this Theertham is known as Kothanda / Rama Theertham.
Jatayu Kundam:
Jatayu, the eagle king, engaged in the service of Lord Rama was killed when he prevented Ravana from abducting Mother Sita. As requested by him, Sri Rama performed the last rites for the bird in the Vibuthi Gundam here. There are niches of Rama, Lakshmana and Vishwamitra, Vasishtha and Jatayu near the Theertham. 
Lord Muruga got his Vel weapon here:
Parvati, the consort of Shiva, asked her son, Subramanya to appear with one face from his regular appearance of six faces. When he did so, she was pleased and presented him with vel (a weapon) to slay the demons. Subramanya overcame the asura Surapadman (a demon) and in the war, his army was severely injured. Shiva came out as the healer Vaitheeswaran and cured the wounds. Before waging war against the demon Padmasura, Lord Subramanya was blessed by Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi here by offering bouquet and this festival is being celebrated every year in the name Skanda Sashti.
People worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Sapta Rishis (Seven important saints) have worshipped the deity in this place during Ramayana period.  Also, Suryan, Sambathi, Brahma, Saraswathi, Durga, Parasarar, Durvasa and Siva Sharma worshipped Lord Shiva here.

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