July 31, 2014: Nagula Chavithi
Air is the element, depicted here. A Kavacha is placed above the Linga and is decorated well. The form of the Linga at the temple has the shape of a Cobra. Hailed as Dakshin Kailash, special poojas are done here to ward off afflictions caused by Rahu and Ketu. An idol of snake made of Silver is generally donated to a priest. Sri Kalashasti is situated in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Lord Rahu Himself prayed to Lord Shiva in this place. Lord Rahu had received a boon from Lord Shiva for bestowing grace and prosperity to those who worship Him here sincerely. Many afflicted by doshas of Rahu perform oblations here. The main deity of the temple Naganatha Swamy is Nageswarar-Shiva in Linga form. There is a separate shrine for Lord Rahu and His two consorts. Milk poured during abhisheka to Lord Rahu changes into light blue colour while it runs along the feet of the Lord and the temple is situated at a distance of six kilometers from Kumakonam, Tamilnadu.
The temple is situated at a distance of 20km from Kanyakumari amidst paddy fields. The main deity is Swayambhu Nagaraja. Many serpents live around the temple and there has been no fatal case of snake bite. The earthen prasad taken from the Sanctum Sanctorum of Lord Nagaraja has never diminished in quantity, even after is use for centuries.
On the top of the hill Nagagiri, one of the 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva, Ardhanareeswarar, adorns the sanctum. There is a water spring, which is said to have been divinely manifested. There is a 60 feet long snake carved on the hill. The temple is mythologically associated with Adiseshan.
The deity here was worshipped by Adishesha. Those who has the association of Kuja with the nodes offer worship here. The temple is located in the route between Kumbakonam and Karikal.
Both Rahu and Ketu appear in the same stone here. Abishekam to these deities neutralizes the Sarpa dosha. The temple is located on en-route to Kudavasal from nannilam.
Those who have Rahu in the fifth or ninth house, yearning for progeny, worship Lord Shiva after taking holy bath in various sacred Theerthas.
Those afflicted with Nodes in the seventh house of marriage in their horoscopes, worship Lord Rahu who is in the posture of Anugraha moorty, in the temple of Udvakanathar and Goddess Kokilavani on the New Moon days and offer milk to Lord Rahu.
Devotees stay in the temple for a whole day and worship Lord Nageswarar to get rid of Sarpa Dosha
Those afflicted by the notes in the second and eighth houses, worship Lord Kailasanathar here who was worshipped by the divine serpent Kargotaka to get rid of the sin of killing the grand son of Arjuna.
Devotees offer worship here to get rid of doshas caused by Rahu. Propitiation of Lord Kartikeya especially on Tuesdays reduces the affliction of Rahu.
Consecrated by sage Parasurama, the two main deities are nagaraja, the serpent king and his consort Sarpayakshini. Devoted to serpent worship, the temple is reputed for having 30,000 images of snake gods. The temple is located near Harippad, 32 km South of Alappuzha.
The main deity Lord Subramanya is seated on a peacock and is worshipped in His snake incarnation. The sanctum is full of anthills, the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under the lord here. Snake venom is said to get neutralized here. A ritual dance called Naga-mandala is performed during the worship. The temple is located nearly 115km from Mangalore.
Lord Ketu worshipped Lord Naganathaswami here. There is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Nagaraja. The idol of Ketu is visible through the entrance with Silver serpent on the arch. It is rare to find an idol of Ketu with his head. At this temple, Lord Ketu is seen worshiping Lord Naganathaswami with folded hands held high. The Ketu Pariharasthala ie., for evil effects of Ketu in the second and eigth is located 6 km from Thiruvenkadui near Chidambaram. The divine serpent Vasuki did penance here. According to texts, the divine accountant Chitra Gupta is also worshipped to get rid of the afflictions of Ketu. Regular worship to Lord Ganesh, especially on Sundays and Tuesdays can please Lord Ketu.