Sage Agastyar says
यो देवः सवितास्माकं धियो धर्मादिजोचराः ।
प्रेरयेत् तस्य यद्भर्गः तत्वरेण्यम् उपास्महे ॥
yo devaH savitAsmAkaM dhiyo dharmAdijocharAH |
prerayet tasya yadbhargaH tatvareNyam upAsmahe ||
We meditate on the glory and Effulgence of Surya (Savitah), to let Him guide us by kindling our intellect.
Pongal – the start of the Tamil month of Thai – marks the beginning of a new celestial day for the Gods, while Margazhi is regarded as pre-dawn (or Brahma muhurtam). It also marks the important occasion of Uttarayanam – when the Sun begins its journey from the southern part of the skies, to the northern.
Many temples have separate entrances to the garbhagriham, depending on the time of the year as uttarayanam or dakshinayanam.
In society today, the Pongal festival is celebrated by offering worship to Suryan. Particularly in Tamil Nadu and the southern part of India, there is also a thematic menu that is prepared on the occasion of Pongal. Here we take a look at why this menu is as interesting as it is specific.
Next, is the Panangateeswarar temple at Panaiyapuram near Viluppuram, which has a puranam very closely associated with Suryan and the Daksha Yagam.
Finally, we take a look at some temples with interesting connections to the Pongal festival and celebrations, and pongal as a food item.
Paadal Petra Sthalam, and Ashta Veerattanam temple associated with Siva culling Daksha’s head… Read More Veeratteswarar, Keelaparasalur, Nagapattinam
Divya Desam where Lord Vishnu kept up the word of his devotee, the temple priest… Read More Sowriraja Perumal, Tirukannapuram, Nagapattinam
A Paadal Petra Sthalam associated with rice and sugar, and where the Lingam itself looks like a bunch of sugarcane shoots
… Read More Venni Karumbeswarar, Koil Venni, Tiruvarur
Paadal Petra Sthalam closely connected with the puranam of Srinivasa Perumal temple at Nachiyar Koil near Kumbakonam… Read More Siddha Natheswarar, Tirunaraiyur, Thanjavur
Pancha Bootha Sthalam and Paadal Petra Sthalam, associated with the original legend of Siva as the pillar of fire; and home of Ramana Maharishi and His ashram… Read More Arunachaleswarar, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvannamalai