'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.

"Arulmigu" Vaidhyanathaswami - Poonamalle

 

The omnipotent Lord not only grants deliverance from miseries to mankind but also blesses His devotees with permanent cure from their diseases. Vaitheeswara temple at the center of Poovirunthavalli, Chennai is one of the many sthalas of Lord Vaidhyanatha and is glorified as a kshetra for Planet Mars. Let us visit this glorified temple now.

 

The five-level north-facing Rajagopuram with five beautiful kalasas on its top welcomes us on entering the temple. As we walk to the left, we see a small entrance at the east with a small tower. The sthalateertha is situated outside this entrance. It was believed that people got cured of their diseases by bathing in this tank, which is now called Mangala theertham, but nowadays nobody bathes in this tank. The purana says that Devendra bathed in this tank to get rid off his disease.

Now, let us enter the temple again through the east gate. Kodimaram, altar and Nandi are situated in a row, facing the entrance. Then, we enter the stone-pillared front-mandap, situated outside the inner prahara. At the entrance of this mandap, we see very ancient idols of Dwara Ganapathy and Lord Muruga. Then, we enter the third prahara. Stone inscriptions are seen on either side of the entrance. The statue of the Sun God has been installed in this prahara and we see the sannidhi of Navagrahas to the left of the Sun God. The beauty of the intricate art works on the pillars in the sanctum attracts us. When we walk around the prahara, we see Narthana Ganapathy and Lord Dakshinamoorthy. At the south-west corner of the temple, Somaskandamoorthy is installed. To the west of the sanctum, Veerabhadra, Vinayaka, Kasi Viswanatha, Visalakshi, Nandi and Kumbheswara are seen. Along with these statues are seen those of Thirumagal and Adi Sankara. The charkas of Swami, Ambal and Muruga, installed by Adi Sankara are seen here adjacent to these statues. At the north-west, Lord Muthukumarasamy, portrayed with His two consorts Valli and Devyani blesses His devotees. The statue of Lord Vishnu is kept at the western part of the sanctum wall.

To the north is situated the sannidhi of Chandeswara. Next to Him is seen the beautiful Goddess Durga. At the eesanya corner of the prahara, the urchavamoorthy, Natraja has been portrayed along with His consort Suvagamasundari in a separate sannidhi. Before Him are seen Kalabhairava and the Naalvars. Chandra has been anointed next to them.

At the entrance of the sanctum, Lord Vinayaka has been installed at the left. To the left are seen a Sivalinga and the steps of the Planet Mars. This sthala has the glory of Lord Muruga and Angaraka having done their worship here. The two Dwarabalakas, Poondi and Mundi are seen on each side of the sanctum. As we enter the sanctum and pray to the deity Lord Vaidhyanatha, we get the feeling of instant relief from all our diseases. Then, there's the south-facing sannidhi of Thaiyalnayaki. The beautiful thaayaar with benevolent eyes blesses Her devotees with all the wealth of life. We feel light at heart. Then we enter the outer prahara after circumambulating for nine times the Navagraha sannidhi at the south-east. We have darshan of Paanalingas, the pipal tree and naga.

Angarakasthala

A special feature of the temple is its Rajagopuram, facing the north, with beautiful carvings on its lower wall. Those whose marriages are delayed, those, who have angaraka dosha and those who are childless can offer worship here and be blessed. This temple is also called Sevvaikizhamai koil because it is glorified as an angarakasthalam. On the Tuesdays in the Tamil month of Maasi, devotees throng this temple in huge crowds. They fulfill their prayer commitments once their prayers are granted. Another special feature is that the sun offers worship to the Lord by making his rays fall on the deity in the sanctum for five consecutive days in this month.

Route

We can reach the temple by all the buses that ply to Poonamalle from Chennai. The temple is situated at 1/2 km distance from the Poonamalle bus depot and to the south of the Poonamalle High Road.