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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Propiate Mars






Dharanee garbha Sambhootham
Vidhyuth kaanthi Samaprabham
Kumaaram Sakthi Hasthancha
Mangalam Pranamaam Yaham.
The one who is the son of Bhooma Devi, One who has the lustre of
lightning, One who has Shakthi in his hand, and the auspoicious one,
prostrate that Angaraka.


Propitiation of Mars (Tuesday)
CHARITY: Donate wheat bread, sweets made from sugar mixed with
white sesamum seeds, or masoor dal (red lentils) to a celibate on
Tuesday at noon.
FASTING: On Tuesdays, especially during Mars transits and
major or minor Mars periods.
MANTRA: To be chanted on Tuesday, one hour after sunrise, especially
during major or minor Mars periods:
Mangala seed mantra: Aum kram krim kraum sah bhaumaya namah.
RESULT: The planetary diety Mangala is propitiated increasing determination and drive, and protecting one from violence

Mangalnath Mandir: According to Matsya puran, this is the birthplace of Mangalgraha or Mars. Flowing Shipra river presents a very beautiful view in front of the temple. Devotees gather in large numbers esp. on Tuesday. Located on a hillock, this place represents the highest place in the area. In ancient times, the place was famous as it is said to have provided a clear view of Mars Ujjain was an important center for astronomical studies. This place, traditionally known for its suitability for astronomical readings of mars continues to hold its religious importance.

Temple - The temple is located in Vaitheeswaran Koil near Sirkali, in Tamil Nadu.The presiding deity, Sri Vaidyanathaswamy, is hailed as the healer of all ills. The Lord came here as a Vaidya and cured Angaraha of leprosy. Among the Navagrahas, Angaraha is worshipped here with great reverence. Hence this shrine is also known as Angaraha Kshetra. Jatayu, Rig Veda, Muruga and Surya worshipped the Lord here.



Bhagavan is worshipped in the town of Vaideeswaran Koil which is also called Thirupullirukku Velur. Sambathi, Jadayu, Lord Muruga, Suriyan are also reputed to have worshipped in this sthalam. Even diseases that could not get cured by Mani Manthira Aushathangal got cured at this place and the presiding deity came to be called Vaidyanathar. His consort who was the chief of women of both worlds is hailed as Thayal Nayagi. Selva Muthukumarasami of this temple is lovingly called Muthiah. Kumaragurubarasami wrote the book "Muthukumarasami Pillai Thamizh".

Once, when Lord Shiva was in deep meditation, perspiration from his third eye fell on earth. The male
child that was born of this sweat drop was Angaragan (Chevvai). Angaragan married Sakthi Devi of Avanti town and had a son called Sumarasan. Problems from wife/children/brothers, enimity with friends, loss of wealth, quarrels, problems with Govt., lasting poverty, anger, bad friendship, Kalathira Dosham are because of Chevvai. By praying to him, a person can offset the problems arising out of his afflictions. Brothers and sisters, physical strength, victory, valour are the beneficial aspects of this planet.

The sthalam of Chevvai Bhagavan is Vaideeswaran koil, which is located 6kms from Sirgazhi en route
to Mayavaram. His wives are Malini, Susilini. The presiding deity are Vaidyanathan and his consort Thaiyal Nayaki. Chevvai is the Lord of Mesha and Vrichika Rasi and he faces South direction. The Adi Devatha is Boomidevi; Prathyathi Devatha is Kshetra Balagan; his colour is red and his vahana is the ram. The grain associated with him is thuvarai; the flowers - shenbagam and red arali; fabric - red cloth; gem - coral; food- rice mixed with toor dhal powder.



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