Thiru Nageshwaram Raghu Temple - Tamilnadu
The Temple has been in existence from time immemorial, which was built by the Chola kings. The presiding deity is a self-manifested one. The renovations and expansions have been done during the reigns of different rulers over the centuries. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the presiding deity here based on the Saivaite philosophy that Lord Shiva is pervading everywhere and Lord Raghu is worshipped primarily.
Once there was a saint called Suseelar, whose son was attacked by the Celestial serpent Dakkagan (Lord Raghu). Saint Suseelar cursed him to take birth as a human being on earth. After a hard penance towards Lord Shiva, Dakkagan worshipped Him in the form of an idol Lingam at Thirunageshwaram and got relieved from the curse. As lord Raghu himself got relieved from the curse in this place, it became so sacred with Naganatha Swamy as the presiding deity and the temple has become very popular among the devotees across the country.
Greatness of Temple:
This temple is one of the Navagraha Temples where Lord Raghu is worshipped. Raghu is the symbol of wealth and prosperity. Devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship Lord Raghu. They offer dark violet coloured clothes and cereals and pray to the God to protect them from the planetary transitions.
In this temple, Lord Raghu is present in the form of Human being with his two consorts. He always makes his devotees flourish once he transits into their zodiac sign. During abhishegam, whenever milk is anointed to his idol, the milk turns blue which happens even today. Though Lord Shiva is present here as the presiding deity, Lord Raghu is worshipped first and only then the devotees visit the sanctum to get blessings from Lord Naganathaswamy and His consort Girigujambigai , along with Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswathi in the same sanctum.
The transit day of Lord Raghu from one Zodiac sign to the other which happens every one and a half years is celebrated with huge number of devotees worshipping Him to protect them from all ill effects. Mahasivaratri, Margazhi Thiruvadhirai, Panguni Uthiram are the major festivals celebrated in this temple besides the regular poojas and rituals. Special poojas are conducted during Raghu Kaalam on all Sundays. The deity is taken out on procession only during Shivarathri and Transition from one sign to the other.
How to Reach?
By RoadThirunageshwaram is at a distance of 6 km to the east of Kumbakonam.
By RailThe nearest railway station is at Kumbakonam. You can prefer to travel by road from either Tanjore or Kumbakonam
By AirThe nearest airport is at Trichy. From there, you can reach the temple in less than Two hours.
Nearby Tourist AttractionsTemples in Trichy ,Tanjore and Kumbakonam.
Opening timeFrom 6 AM - 8.30 PM
Break time starts
12.45 PM-04.00 PM
Special note (Timings):Special poojas and anointing ceremony will be held on all Sundays between 4.30 pm to 6 pm during Raghukaalam.
Daily anointing ceremony with milk at 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 5.30pm.