Navagraha Temple Sri Naganatha Swamy Temple - Keethu
Main Deity : Naganathaswamy
Goddess : Sowndhara Nayagi
Holy Tree : Bamboo
Holy Water : Naga Theertham
Kizhaperumpallam is a navagraha kshetram where Kethu bhaghavan faces the North-West direction. is enshrined with his consort Chitralekha. This is an ancient Saivite shrine where legend has it that Kethu, one of the 9 supernal bodies central to astrological beliefs worshipped Shiva.
This place is also called Vanagiri. Kethu prayed to Naaganaadhaswami and was blessed and rid of his sins by Lord Siva. Kethu Bhagavan did severe penance towards Naganadhaswamy the presiding deity of Tirunageswaram temple. He was blessed by Lord Shiva and was releived off his sins. Kethu is seen as worshipping Naganadhaswami with his folded hands held high. He is seen with his head which is very rare image.
Devas and Asuras churned the Paarkadal to obtain Amirtham (Nectar) that which would free from death, and alive for ever. When the Amirtham came out, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the Amirtham only to Devas. Lord Vishnu worried about that the evil deeds of the will increase multifold if Asuras consumed the nectar. Realising this reason, one of the Asuras took the form of a Deva with the help of Asura guru Sukrachariya and consumed the nectar.
Suryan and Chandran complained to Lord Vishnu as they have noticed that. Lord Vishnu came to know that and hit the Asura on the head in anger with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fall down on the ground. The body portion was thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region when the head portion joined with a snake body and became Rahu Bhagavan. The body of that Asura was preserved by a Brahmin which grew, because of having drunk the nectar. This body was attached to a snake's head and became Kethu Bhagavan.
In the stone inscription on the temple of Vikrama Chola is mentioned as "Rasara Valanattu Akkur Nattu Thalai Chenguttu Thiurvalampuram" and the deities "Valampuri Udayar" and "Thandangan Nachiyar". Appar, Sambandhar and Sundarar have sung hymns in this temple.
The festival which makes the occasion when the King of the land welcomed. Pattinathar into the city is celebrated annually.
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