Kethu Graha Temple also known as Naganatha Swamy Temple is situated in Keezhaperumpallam near Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity is Ketu, a shadow planet. However, the main idol in the temple is that of "Naganatha Swamy" or Shiva.
There is a local belief that the worship during morning, afternoon and evening needs to be performed at the three Nageswaran temples namely Naganathar Temple, Tirunageswaram and Thirupampuram respectively
Significance of Kethu Graha Temple:
It is rare to see Kethu Bhagavan with his head. Kethu worshiped Shiva here to get rid of his sins. Here he is seen worshiping Naganathar with folded hands.
The devas and the asuras churned Celestial Ocean to get the Holy Nectar (Amrutham). Lord Vishnu decided to distribute it only amongst the devas and not asuras as the amrutham would make the asuras stronger and their atrocities will increase. When Lord Vishnu was distributing the Amrutham amongst the devas, at the behest of Sukracharya, one of the asuras, in the guise of a deva consumed the nectar. The Sun and the Moon noticed this and complained to Lord Vishnu. An angry Vishnu used his chakrayudham (discus) to cut the asura into two and threw them away. The head joined with a snake's body to become Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion kept growing because the asura had consumed Amrutham. This later joined with the head of a snake and became Kethu Bhagavan. They prayed to Shiva to get rid of their sin and sought to be included as planets. Their wish was granted by Lord Shiva here.
Kethu Graha Temple Temple Timings:
Morning 5.30 AM to 12.00 PM
Evening: 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
- The Price of the Puja includes service charges, prasad, packing and courier cost and any other incidental charges
- We are not agent of any temple, our representative will perform the puja on your behalf and collect the prasadam.
- You will receive the prasadam within 30 days