Keezhaperumpallam - Kethu - Navagraha Temples
Keezhaperumpallam is situated in Nagapattinam district in the vicinity of Tiruvenkaadu near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu in India. The temple is constructed by Chola Kings as a place of remedies for the afflictions of the nodes Rahu and Ketu. It is said that there is an underground pass way from Keezhaperumpallam to Brihadeeswara temple in Tanjore. The presiding deity here is Lord Valampurinatha and His concert is Soundara Nayaki. There is small shrine dedicated to Lord Nagaraja. The idol of Ketu is visible throught the entrance with a Silver serpent on the arch. This place is called Vanagiri. It is rare to find an idol of Ketu with his head. This is an ancient Saivaite shrine, where legend has it that Ketu, one of the nine celestial bodies, central to astrological belief worshipped by Lord Shiva.
Ketu faces West in the Northern corridor. The Adi Devatha is Chitragupta and the Prathyathi Devata is Lord Brahma and his color is red and his vahana is the eagle . The grain associated with him is Horsegram. The flower is red lily and the fabric is multi colored cloth, gem is Cat's eye. Offering is rice mixed with the powder of Horsegram. The significations of Ketu are salvation, sight, property, land, gold, vehicle, fame, wife, children, knowledge, business, happiness and unexpected gains.
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