(Last Updated on : 08-08-2012)
Pullirukkuvelur Temple is well known, and has towering gopurams. It is hailed as one of the nine Navagraha Stalams sacred to Mars - Angarakan. There are several literary works about this shrine.
: Shiva is considered to be the Divine Healer -Vaidyanathar. His consort Thaiyalnaayaki accompanies him with a vessel containing medicinal oil. There is a shrine here dedicated to Dhanwantari. The prasadam offered here is called Tiruchaandu Urundai and is capable of curing many ailments. It is made of ashes taken from the homa kundam located in front of the Subramanya shrine. Rituals are performed here with a mixture of earth and ashes from the homakundam and are shaped into pills and placed at the Thaiyalnayaki shrine and later distributed.
Another prasadam offered here is the sandal paste mixed with saffron at the Murugan shrine and is called Nettirapidi Chandanam.
Offerings are also made in the form of salt and pepper in this shrine. Unrefined sugar is offered to the temple tank Siddhamrita Theertham.
Rig Vedam (Irukku), Jatayu (Pull), Sambadi, the Surya (Oor) and Skanda (Vel) worshipped Shiva here and hence he is called PullirukkuVelur. Ram Lakshman and the Saptarishis are worshipped Shiva here. It is also believed that Rama performed the last rites to Jatayu here. The nectar with which the Sidhas worshipped Shiva was flown to the Sidhamrita Theertham.
This temple has several mandapams and gopurams. The Navagrahams are located in a single file.
The Angaaraka shrine here is also important and unique to this temple. A bronze of image of Angaaraka is housed in this shrine and it is taken out in procession on a goat every Tuesday. Angaaraka represents the planet Mars. It is described as one with a fiery red complexion attired in red and as the overlord of the zodiac signs of Aries and Scorpio and Capricorn.
The annual Bhrahmotsavams are celebrated in the months of Pankuni and Thai. Skanda Sashti is celebrated with grandeur here.