Moolam Nakshatram, Dhanur Raasi.
Puranas say, Hanuman’s avatar happened in a special occasion – Marghazhi Moolam (both sun and moon standing together in Dhanur raasi).
Moolam is special in many ways. It belongs to Ketu, considered Gnana karakan (one who bestows Enlightment) in traditional astrology. It is present in Dhanur Raasi, which belongs to Jupiter. One star, for which all “Trikona Rashis” are ruled by “Rajagrahas” (Jupiter, Mars, Sun). And many more in astrology.
Also, one of the most controversial stars, based on popular belief, that, it will affect one’s father in law after marriage. Trust me, it is only hear say, and there is no proof in traditional astrology for it. Many astrologers have started explaining this in TV shows now.
Generally in Tamil, two lines about this star are very famous.
1) “Aann Moolam Arasaalum”, meaning a boy born in this star will rule like a king. It is actually a changed version of “Aani moolam Arasaalum” which means, a child born in Tamil month Aani – moolam star will rule. In this month, Sun will be in Mithuna raasi, and will aspect moon in 7th house, which means full moon will occur this day or next, and this will give the child very high IQ, resulting in a king like intelligence.
2) “Penn Moolam Nirmoolam” meaning a girl born in this star will lead to destruction in the family. It is actually a changed version of “Pinn moolam nirmoolam”, which means, a child which is born in 4th Padham of this star, will bring about destruction of the enemies of the family automatically. I am not sure enough to explain this.
Astrological Significance of number 27:
In Indian astrology there are 27 stars, named Aswathi, Barani, through Revathy, considered to be wives of Lord Chandra, spread into 12 Raashis.
In very highly revered temples of great values and significance, there are Nakshatra Lingams and Nakshatra Vrukshams.In case you have visited Thiruvottiyur Vadivudai Amman temple or Thiruvidai-Marudhur Shiva temple (near to Kumbakonam), you will find Nakshatra lingams (one Lingam specific to every nakshatram.) In Thiruvottiyur, I remember seeing Nakshatra Vrukshams also (one specific plant / tree for each star).
Not only this, Maharishis have also identified 27 different sthalams, each one corresponding to one specific nakshatram, as “Nakshatra sthalams”, also termed now a days as “Nakshatra Parihaara Sthalams”.
Nakshatra Parihaara Sthalams:
Personally I don’t believe in this terminology, since it demeans God a lot. Imagine Shiva saying you, “I shall bless you only if you come to Kailash!!!”
Every living being is born in one star or other, and if we say you need to do parihaaram in a sthalam, for being born in this star (and get upliftment), it feels absurd to me. Don’t believe in this term, but visit these temples to get Lord’s blessings 🙂
And, Mappedu Sri Singeeswarar temple, is the identified one for Moolam nakshatram!
Though we know only Nandi Devar to be in Rishabham form (form of Bull), there are many more devas in this form, and Singi devar is one of them.
Once the Lord of universe, Shiva performed “Aanandha Thaandavam”. At that time, Singi was playing “Mirudhangam”. He was so involved in the “Thaala – Layam”, that he did not see Lord dancing. Feeling sad about this, he came to Lord Shiva, and asked permission to do a pooja to Him. And as Shiva accepted his request, Singi performed pooja in this sthalam, and the Lord got the name, Sri Singeeswarar.
Goddess Parvathi has the name of Sri Pushpa-Gujambaal here. Just like performing Abhishegams for the Lord, it is said, performing floral decoration is a specialty in this temple on “Aadi” and “Thai” month Fridays. Reciting Lalitha Sahasranama is considered very special here.
Excellent sculptures in Vimanams:
In the Gopuram of Sri Singeeswarar, “Adalvallan” and “Urthuva thaandavam” sculptures were present, and were very captivating.
Similarly, Godess with Lord Muruga in her laps, was extremely good. In some temples, she is named, “Pillai – Idukki Amman”
This sanctum is in the Eeshana part (North-East) of the temple. This is believed to be a 5000 years old lingam. There is no Ambaal for this Lord from time immemorial. So, in 967 AD, “Adithya Karikaala Cholan” installed Sri Singeeswarar and Goddess Pushpa-Gujambaal here and built this temple. (If I remember correct, he was elder brother of Raja Raja Cholan, and was murdered in a forest fight-out with his enemies before he was crowned king.)
Sri Adhikesava Perumal:
There is a separate sanctum for Sri Adhikesava Perumal with Sri Boo-Dhevi.
Sri Veenai Anjaneyar:
Every day in the evening Lord Sri Hanunam appears here, and sings Amirtha Varshini raaga, with a Veena. Because of Sri Hanuman here, this has become the parihara sthalam for Moolam Nakshatram.
This is the Sthala vruksham here. During Aarudhra season, since this fruits are abundant, it has become a mandatory practice to add this fruit in Pancha-amirtham during abhishegam.
Near the Nandhi Devar and the Dwajasthambam, there is a stone placed. It is a general belief, that if one stands on this stone, faces north and prays the Lord here, he will have a relief in bone and knee related pain and diseases.
People born in Moola star are supposed to visit this temple, and light 5 ghee lamps. Since Lord Shiva has 5 faces, this prayer is aimed at praying Him to remove our troubles atleast through one of the five faces 🙂 There were no shops nearby this temple, 2 years back when I visited. So, obviously I didn’t do this 😦 Don’t know the present situation now. Better carry them from Chennai.
Parihaara Sthalam Identification:
Just when leaving the temple, I saw this following symbol on the outer wall. A snake, and a disc, which signifies moon! I have heard from some very aged Brahmins, that this signifies the sthalam as a parihaara sthalam. If you very closely look in some big temples, you will note structures like this.
How to Reach:
In the Bangalore highway, once you cross Poonamallee and Savitha Institutions, you will have EMPEE distilleries, a huge blue colored structure to your right. There will be a road passing by its compound, which will lead you to “Thakkolam” sthalam from here. Travel in this road, and this temple is exactly in the 18th KM from the NH, to your left.
The gurukkal lives very close to this temple, and he obliged us to open the temple though it was closed then. I believe, it should be open in normal temple times now.