Mars, Angaraka, is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is a fiery planet with a red color. It has a masculine energy. His day is Tuesday, and he is in charge of the astrological signs of Aries and Scorpio as well as the stars Mrigashira, Chitra, and Dhanishtha. In most cases, Mars spends 45 days transiting from one sign to another. However, this is not always the case because Mars can remain in a sign for as long as six months at a time. Lord Muruga is the planet’s supreme deity.
He also goes by the names Mangala, Mangal, and Kuja. Because it is believed that Angaraka is the son of Bhumi, the Earth Goddess, he is also referred to as Bhumikaraka or “Bhauma.”
Mars is a powerful planet that represents desire, rash boldness, adventures, physical strength, primitive tendencies, self-dependency, power to withstand strain, independent nature, the desire for position, warrior energy—it is the commander of the divine army—as well as drive and courage. Mars is also a symbol of adventure. It also refers to issues involving one’s siblings. The energy of Mars can be beneficial as well as destructive, so extreme caution is required.
Angaraka is depicted holding a trident, mace, lotus, and spear with four hands. He frequently rides a ram or goat while dressed in red.
The masculine energy of Mars represents our passion, drive, and determination, as well as the projection of our vital energy and emotions. Vitality, strength, endurance, drive, bravery, and so on are all signs of a strong Mars. Additionally, Mars promotes self-assurance, strong will power, insight, and discrimination when it is in the right place. However, a Mars in the wrong place can lead to violence, dominance, injury, accident, rage, war, criticism, delayed marriages, struggle in relationships, and other similar outcomes.
Tuesday is Mars’s day of the week, coral is the most valuable gemstone, and red oleander and red rose are the most significant flowers. The Mars’ grain is Thuvar Dhal. Mars always wears red clothing because that is his color.
Vaitheeswaran koil is Mars’ power spot, located south of Tamil Nadu. On Tuesday, if you worship Mars and Lord Muruga, the planet’s presiding deity, you can get rid of any problems caused by Mars’s bad placement.
In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, there is a Hindu temple called Vaitheeswaran Koil that is dedicated to Shiva. It is believed that offering prayers to Vaitheeswaran, also known as Vaidyanathar or Vaitheeswaran, can cure diseases. Shiva is worshipped as the “God of healing.” Vaitheeswaran is derived from the Tamil words vaidya (doctor) and Ishvara (master/god). Sri Vaidyanathan is the deity in charge, and he faces west, while the common side is on the east.
Naadi astrology, also known as palm leaf astrology in Tamil, is another specialty of the village. Sirkazhi is 7 kilometers away, Chennai is 235 kilometers away, Chidambaram is 27 kilometers away, Thanjavur is 110 kilometers away, and Mayiladuthurai is 16 kilometers away.
Nectar is present in the holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex, and it is believed that a holy dip can treat all illnesses.
The temple is regarded as a Paadal Petra Sthalam by the Tevaram hymns written by Tamil saint poets in the seventh century. Rama, Lakshmana, and Saptarishi worshipped the deity in this location during the Ramayana. There is a pond at this temple that is referred to as the Jatayu kundam (pot of Jatayu containing holy ash of Vibhuti). One of the nine planets, Angaraka (Mars), had leprosy and was cured by Vaidhyanathaswamy. Since then, it has been treated as one of the Navagraha Temples for planet Angaraka. Parvati, Shiva’s consort, asked Subramanya to appear with one face instead of his usual six faces. She was pleased with him and gave him vel, a weapon, to use to kill the demons. Subramanya defeated the demon asura Surapadman, and his army was severely damaged in the war. According to another legend, Shiva appeared as a healer named Vaitheeswaran and treated the wounds. Additionally, Shiva appeared as a physician named Vaidya and treated the leprosy of Angahara, a fervent devotee. It was believed that Surya, Muruga, and Jatayu all performed Shiva worship here. According to popular legend, “Pul” (Jatayu), “Irukku” (Irukkuvedam), “Vel” (representing Muruga), and “Ooor” (place) worshipped in the location, resulting in the name “Pullirukavelur.” Prior to performing Vaitheeswaran’s worship in the temple, devotees take a holy dip in the temple tank. Additionally, there is a local belief that melting jaggery (Tamil: vellam) in the water is used to treat skin ailments. It is common practice to have children shaved for the first time as part of a tonsure ceremony to help them grow properly. A form of worship called mavilaku ma, or “lighting lamp in rice cakes,” is practiced. In addition, the custom of placing salt and pepper in a pot next to the temple tank and in front of the mast of the temple is followed. Each priest in the temple associates themselves with the devotees and performs worship on their behalf, in contrast to other temples in South India, where each shrine has a priest. Thiruchandu Urundai, or holy ash-covered soil, is used as medicine and is believed to cure all diseases. Saffron-infused chandan, or sandalwood powder, is another treatment option. It is customary to purchase silver-plated images of body parts to be placed in the Hundi—a vessel for offering—in order to treat ailments. The healing powers of the presiding deity at the Veeraraghavaswamy temple in Thiruvallur are compared to those of the Saivite Vaitheeswaran Kovil in the Vaishnavite religion. The annual festival Brahmotsavam is observed during the Pankuni and Thai months of the Tamil calendar (January–February). In November, the Karthigai festival is also celebrated with pomp and circumstance. In the Muthukumaraswamy shrine, Subramanya celebrates Kantha Sashti, a festive occasion.
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