'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Navabhashana temple – Devipattinam

Navabhashana temple – Devipattinam

Astrology insists that the planets control the lives of each and every life on the earth. To neutralize the evil influence of the planets in our lives, we perform remedial pujas and other procedures at specific 'sthalas'. Lord Rama installed Navagrahas in the sea and worshipped them, seeking their blessings before he ventured on his mission of retrieving Sita from Ravana. Now, let us visit the temple that has the glory of being the 'sthala' of Navagrahas, established by Lord Rama Himself.

History of Karaikkaal Ammaiyar

Sri Rama learned that Sita had been abducted and kept in captivity by Ravana, the king of Lanka. With the aim of retrieving Sita, Rama came to the southern part of Bharath and when he entered Devipattinam in Ramanathapuram district, he wanted to perform Navagraha puja before embarking on his journey to Lanka. He performed Vinayaka puja first and then installed the Navagrahas in the sea with nine handfuls of sand. The Navagrahas, installed by Sri Rama became Navabhashana idols and till date, are being worshipped by people with great piety.

When Sri Rama installed the Navagrahas in the sea, the sea swelled up and the waves rose high, disturbing the puja of Sri Rama. When Rama prayed to Lord Vishnu to help him in his puja, the Lord granted his wish. The swelling subsided and Sri Rama was able to conduct his puja without any disturbance, the 'sthalapurana' says. The Lord appeared as Thilakeshwar along with His consort Sowndaryanayaki before Rama and blessed him with success in his mission. A cement platform has been built around the Navagrahas to enable the devotees to circumambulate them. The 'sthala' has another glory too according to the 'sthalapurana'. It is believed that Goddess Durga took 'avtar' and destroyed the demon Mahishasura at this spot.

Navabhashana temple – Devipattinam

Glory of the temple

This is a sea-temple, the like of which is not to be found anywhere else. The Navagrahas in this temple have been blessing the devotees since the time of 'puranas'. Those who conduct the rituals for their forefathers and those who do 'parihara' for Navagraha 'dosha' come here. Circumambulating the Navagrahas and giving alms are specially known here. The devotees are allowed to do 'abhishek' or 'archana' with their own hands. The 'sthala', which neutralized the Sani 'dosha' of Sri Rama is popular for neutralizing all 'doshas' and effects of our karma too. Devotees pray here for the gift of child and also for education, prosperity and longevity. Devotees believe that by offering nine varieties of grains to the Navagrahas, one gets all benefits. New Moon days in the Tamil months of Thai and Aadi are being celebrated on a grand scale here. During these occasions, devotees throng the temple in thousands.

Route

Devipattinam is situated at 15 km distance from Ramanathapuram. There is train facility from Rameswaram to Ramanathapuram. Also, there are bus facilities from all the districts in Tamil Nadu for reaching Ramanathapuram. Devipattinam can be reached by traveling by bus from Ramanathapuram.

For relief from various doshas and problems, we can visit this temple, offer prayers and perform the recommended rituals that neutralize the adverse impact of the planets. All of you can go and have 'darshan' of the benevolent Lord and be divinely blessed.