Amavasya Tithi Shraddha (death anniversary) is done for those deceased family members who died on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi and Chaturdashi Tithi.
If someone is not able to perform shraddham [death anniversary] on all tithis then single shraddha (for all) on this day is enough to appease all deceased souls in the family. If death anniversary of ancestors is not known or forgotten then those shraddhas can be performed on this tithi. That’s why amavasyais also known as sarvapitra moksha amavasya.
Planet Jupiter – Guru – Brihaspathi – obtained dosha nivaran himself at the Sri Subramanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur temple, situated on the shores of the ocean.
Sri Subramanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur
Please note, for any obstacles, enemies, suspected evil eye on person or family or residence, halting of progress forward, delay in marriage, instability in life, mangal dosha nivarthi, there will be a transit of Guru (Brihaspati Deva) to Gemini on 28 May 2013 at 9:18 PM
The transit will take place in the asterism (nakshatra) Mrigashira, 3rd pada. Mrigashira is owned by Mars (Mangal) and the deity for Mars is Lord Subramanya, Murugan. As planet Guru received dosha nivarthi at this location (temple) it is very auspicious to conduct prayers and receive benefits from Jupiter and Mars.
From Tuesday, May 28th, 9.18pm Jupiter is transiting and is in the star Mirugasira (3rd part) which is influenced by the planet Mars. Currently, Planet Jupiter – Guru is in Taurus and will shortly move from Taurus to Gemini.
On this auspicious occasion Archana, Homam, Abishekem, and Sankalpam and Pujas will be performed to Lord Sri Subramanian in Tiruechendur Temple in Tamil Nadu and Meenashi Temple in Madurai. Since Jupiter will enter the house of Gemini, Gemini Rasi is influenced by Mercury (Mercury is Rasi Lord for Gemini) influencing the temple to be Meenakshi.
After the program there will be distribution of free anadanam and vasthra danam for poor devotees.
Ayyavadi Sri Maha Pratheyangira Temple
Siva and Pratheyangira Devi Temple
The Sri Mahaprithyangardevi Temple is about 3 kilometers from the Uppliappan Temple in Kumbakonam. The deity of Prathyangira Devi is swayambu (came from earth, self born).
There are two sakthi soolini – these are Goddess Durga and Sri Prathyangira Devi; they are the wings of Lord Sarabheswarar (manifestation of Lord Shiva).
Prathyangira Devi is the main goddess of Atharva Vedam and she is also known as Artharvana Bhadra Kali, Atharvana Prathyagira Devi.
This place by name Ayyavadi was once known as Iwarpadi, and in later days it is known as Ayyavadi. According to legends, the 5 Pandavas visited this place, kept their weapons under a tree, worshipped Sri Pratiyangira Devi and went around in the forests. As the five Pandavas worshipped here, it is believed that the place was called as Aivar Padi which later changed as Ayyavadi.
Lord Shiva is known as Agastheeswaran and his consort is called Dharmasamvardhini. Rama and Ravana worshipped at this temple.
The Purana narrates that after hiranyakasupu vadham (killing of Hiranyakasupu, father of Praladha) Lord Narasimha (avatara of half-man half-lion) was still in ugrham (anger) at this time. Two rishis, Prathiyangira and Angiras together made Prathyangira Devi on Lalitha Parameswari’s command. She was able to control the anger of Lord Narasimha. She is also known as Aparajitha which means no one can defeat her. The face of the deity is like a lion (she is said to be lion-headed), has 18 hands with weapons. Lakshmi Devi and Saraswathi Devi sit on each side of Prathyangira Devi.
Here the banyan tree is something different; it has five different varieties of leaves and it is known that Lord Shiva also meditates here.
History of Sri Prathyangira Devi Temple, Ayyavadi, Kumbakonam
Devi Pratyangira is the Goddess associated with eternal energy. She is manifest with a lion’s face and a human body. This combination of lion and human forms is said to represent the balance of good and evil.
According to Hindu mythology, the anger and fury of Lord Narasimha could not be stopped after He killed King Hiranyakashipu. To calm Him down with the power of compassion, Lord Shiva took the ferocious form of Lord Sarabeshwarar. With Sri Pratyangira Devi, and Sri Soolini Durga seated on His wings, Lord Sarabeshwarar was able to calm down the anger of Lord Narasimha.
At Sri Pratyangira Devi Temple, at Kumbakonam, the Devi is seated on a chariot with 4 lions. This is the oldest Temple for Devi Prathiyangira. And is the only Temple mentioned in the Vedas and the Agama Shastras.
The Devi is seated on a chariot, pulled by four Lions, Devi Lakshmi and Devi Saraswathi are also present on either side. The Devi is Lion Faced, having 18 hands armed with weapons.
No Archana or Abhishekam is performed at this Temple. Homam is only performed on Amavasya and Pournami. The Homam is perfomed with Dried Red Chillies. Sri Pratyangira Devi Homam is performed for destruction of any negative forces.