Kettai  – Sri Varadarajaperumal temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Varadarajaperumal temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Varadarajaperumal

Ambal: Perundevi

Star : Kettai

Male:

You are a changeable individual who make quick decisions without considering all the factors involved. You are extremely aware of the world around you and you will probably live far from the place of your birth. Your outlook will be markedly different than that of your childhood friends, or members of your community. It is hard for you to tolerate difficult situations. You need to find someone who trusts you and with whom you can share all your problems. You tend to look for pleasure in variety of ways. While self –reliance, strong determination and independent outlook are good qualities, they may cause inconvenience to your progress and thus there may be some impediments to happiness. But you will enjoy a happy married life. You will do well if your fascination for alcohol and other intoxicants is kept under control. You may have to face recrimination and blame for events that you had no part in. you will enjoy a pleasant home, but there may be problems in the home due to your wife or children. Feelings of helplessness may ultimately serve as a guide toward a truer, deeper understanding of God.

Female:

You are clever and intelligent. You may be accused of being quick-tempered. You are courageous. You recognize the unsavory nature of this world and you are quite capable of playing life’s dirtiest games to get ahead. You do not particularly care for your relatives. You will seek out powerful men. Those who know you will recognize your innate longing for approval and kindness. They will also see that you are a worrier. Your rigid belief in certain principles may cause problems for you. You tend to jump to conclusions without considering all aspect of a situation. You sometimes have extremely low self-esteem. Take special care to build good relationships with your family. Your husband may have an addictive personality. Watch for it and prevent it if possible. Do not allow yourself to become complacent.

Sthalapuranam:

Sri Ramanuja, his Guru Peria Nambigal and disciple Koorathzhwar were staying in Srirangam.  A Chola king jealous of the growing popularity of Sri Ramanuja, sent his men to capture Sri Ramanuja.  As they could not identify Ramanuja, disciple Koorathazhwar, posing as his Guru in white clothes offered himself to be arrested. Peria Nambigal and his daughter Tiruthzhai accompanied Koorathzhwar.

The Chola king demanded them to give in writing that his religion was greater than theirs.  They refused.  The king ordered his men to take off their eyes. Koorathzhwar punched his eyes himself.  The king’s men blinded Peria Nambigal’s eyes.  Tiruthuzhai brought them to this temple.  Peria Nambi was 105 years old then.  Perumal granted darshan to them and gave salvation to Nambigal.  The Lord is praised as Varadaraja Perumal – Boon Giver God.   Mother Perundevi Thayar graces with Lord. It is in this temple, Lord Varadaraja Perumal granted darshan and salvation to Sri Ramanuja’s Guru Peria Nambigal.

Those born in Kettai star are advised to worship in this temple as often as they could or at least on their birth star day.  It is noteworthy that Peria Nambigal was born in this star.  His birth star day is grandly celebrated in the temple.  The starers pray to the Guru for betterment in life.  They offer white vastras, offer jasmine garlands and light ghee lamps in his shrine.  For nivedhana, they offer Vada and adhirasam, popular dishes of Tamilnadu.  For lighting lamps, they also use special oil prepared with three herbals which is available in the temple itself.  People suffering from impaired vision, pray to Koorathazhwar.

Margazhi Kettai in December-January and Purattasi Saturdays in September-October are celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Pasupathikovil is 13 km from Thanjavur on the Kumbakonam bus route. The temple is half a km from the bus stop.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 97903 42581, 94436 50920

Temple Address:

Sri Varadarajaperumal Temple,

Pasupathikovil,

Ayyampettai-614 201,

Papanasam Taluk,

Thanjavur district.

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