Here comes the temple for Uthirattadhi Nakshathitra !! The people who are born on Uthirattadhi Nakshathitra are good in education and they have good speaking skills. They are generally fond of jewels and dresses. 🙂 Sri Brahannayaki Sametha Sahasra Lakshmeeshwarar temple is the one that is considered as auspicious for the Uthirattadhi starrers.
Sri Brahannayaki Sametha Sahasra Lakshmeeshwarar temple is one of the old Shiva temples that was built some 2000 yrs ago and is located in a place called Theeyathur in Pudukottai Dist. This temple is located near the famous Aavudaiyar temple. The main god of this temple is Lord Shiva and He is a Suyambu Moorthy and he graces His devotees facing East. The Goddess is known as Brahannayaki and She graces facing South.
This temple has a special significance attached to the Uthirattadhi Star. It is said that the Sages Agir Budhan, Angirasa, Agni Puran Dhaka and divine sculptor Viswakarama are born on this star. It is still believed that they come here on all monthly star days to worship Sahasra Lakshmeeshwarar and to perform pujas in their invisible form. So the people who are born on this star are advised to visit this temple as often as they could or at least on their birth star days and perform special poojas.
As per the Sthala Purana, Lord Vishnu performed Shiva Pooja with thousand Lotus Flowers. Once the number of flowers was short by one and Lord Vishnu was about to pluck His eyes to offer it to Lord Shiva. Moved by this act, Lord Shiva prevented Him from doing so and granted Him Darshan. Then Goddess Mahalakshmi also visited this temple to performed the Shiva Pooja with 1000 Lotus Flowers. Then she was also granted Shiva Darshan. Since Goddess Mahalakshmi worshipped the Lord with 1000 flowers, the Lord Shiva is called by the name Sahasra Laksmeeshwarar. Sahasra – means 1000.
As per Hindu Mythology, the fire God Agni and the Sun God worshipped Lord Shiva here and so this place is known as Theeyathur. (Thee – means Fire). Since Agni worshipped here, those suffering from heat-related diseases worship the Lord for a speedy recovery.
Uthiratadhi starrers pray here in this Sahasra Lakshmipureeshwarar Temple to get better solutions for their problems in life. They seek blessings of the Lord and the Goddess to get relief from the debt burdens, to get child boon and prosperity in life.
As a token of thanksgiving, people perform special Abishekam, Archanas, and Homas and offer Sweet Pudding with cashews, grapes, honey and Badam as Nivedhana to Lord and the Goddess.
In spite of being mythologically significant, the temple is in a very pathetic and broken-down state and is really at the mercy of donation for repair !!