Alangudi is regarded as a 'Gurustalam' where
Dakshinamurthy is held in great reverence, attracting huge crowds when Jupiter
transits between zodiac signs. The
festival image here is that of Dakshinamurthy & this stalam is held as one
of the 9 Navagrahastalams.
Dakshinamurthy is said to have preached
to the Devas who had swooned under the impact of the poison that came out of
the churning of the milky ocean. Parvati is said to have been reborn on the
banks of Amrita Pushkarini and later on reunited with Shiva. Viswamitrar is
believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
About Jupiter - The planet of success:
Jupiter or Guru is the planet of good luck, optimism,
success and generosity. Jupiter brings joy to life. The position of Jupiter in
your birth chart can indicate where your fortunate opportunities are to be
found. This benevolent planet shows where you have the most room to expand and
the areas in which you will get the best out of life. Jupiter has always been
identified with the idea of expansiveness and abundance
When Jupiter is prominent in your
horoscope you tend to be well liked and popular, friendly, broadminded, and
cheerful, successful in career and business. Jupiter can also be too much of a
good thing, for its influence can make you extravagant, lazy and luxury loving,
profligate with money, and blindly optimistic. If things fall into your lap too
easily, you never develop strength of character or spiritual wisdom. Jupiter is
the planet of blessings - blessings that we must learn to use wisely.
Guru is the Lord of Dhanusu and Meena
Rasi and he faces North direction.His colour is yellow and his vahana is
elephant. The grain assciated with him is kadalai; the flower - white mullai;
fabric - yellow cloth; gem - pushparagam(white topaz); food - rice mixed with
bengal gram dhal powder.
Budan Bagavan is attired in green, offering him with full green moong dhal,
white kanthal flower and green cloth is believed to bring Sasthra Gnanam to
Sri Abathsagayeswara Swamy Temple, the sthalam of Guru
Bagavan is Alangudi, It is located in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, India.
Alangudi is 17 kms away from Kumbakonam enroute to Mannargudi.
as many as 15 theerthams in this temple which occupies an area of about 1.25
acres, surrounded by lofty walls. One of the theerthams is a well located
inside the temple and it is referred to as the Jnana koopam. East of the temple
is the Poolaivala river, whose waters are used in abhishekam ceremonies in the
Tamil month of Aippasi.
Inscriptions dating back to the period of Vikrama Chola
(1131), referring to Alankudi as Jananatha saruppedimangalam, and to the
Chidambaram Natarajar temple, are seen here.
There are shrines to Surya,
Gurumoksheswarar, Somanathar, Saptarishi nathar, Someswarar, Vishnunathar and
Bhrameesar, Kaasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi.
Lord Shiva as Abath Sahayar and Goddess Parvathi known
as Aelavarkuzhali, are the main deities here.
Offerings for worshipping the God:
When one visit Guru they should offer 24 ghee or oil
lamps which can be got at the temple and after offering the lamps one should
walk 24 times around him.
Wearing yellow clothes, giving away
yellow clothes as charity, observing fast on Thursdays are the proper way of
worshipping Guru, for propitiation and getting relief from adverse effect of
Guru, such as illness and financial difficulty. The choicest flower fro Guru is
Four worship services are offered each day.
The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated
in the month of Chittirai. In addition, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti, Aadi Puram,
Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam and Pankuni Uththiram are
Mantra for Jupiter:
Aum Brim brahaspataye Namah Aum
6.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M.
4.00 P.M. to 9.00 P.M.