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The Rig Veda and Shiva Purana have mentioned the great significance to this powerful ceremony, Maha Mrityunjaya Homam, which gives to life a person nearing death. It also protects people from evil spirits, black magic, evil eye casting and any other negativity in life. Literally meaning victory over death, this most popular ritual gives strength to the healthy to face adversities in life especially those in high positions of office, who are not affected by even the slightest of health problems.
The main deity being worshiped on the day is Lord Shiva, the commander of the cosmos. He can create, destroy and preserve humanity and has both good and evil aspects by nature. He is easy to please, protects the poor, free of inhibitions and can go to the extent of changing the destiny of an individual. He therefore protects and blesses his followers with grace, knowledge and peace.
Karadaiyan Nombu is an important festival for married women who seek to protect their husbands from threats of life, for blessings of longevity and well-being. The day is observed when the month of Maasi ends and Panguni begins. It’s also the time of Meena Shankranti when the Sun moves from one constellation (Kumbha) to the other (Meena). It also reminds every one of the great dedication of Savitri, a devoted wife who brought her husband Satyavan back to life from the clutches of death. Both married and unmarried women observe fast on this day to protect their husbands and also for a perfect prospective partner, respectively. Karadai is a special dish prepared on the day and offered to the deity after a day of vritam/nombu or fast by the devotees.
Vedicfolks will perform the powerful Maha Mrityunjaya Homam that eliminates chronic ailments, overcomes dangers, fear of accidents, saves life, boosts energy, etc.
Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pusti-Vardhanam
Urvarukam-iva Bandhanat mrtyormuksiya Mamrtat
This homam gives back life for the sick and wounded. It gives Moksha (salvation) to those on death bed. It also protects people from strong evil spirits, black magic and thereby saves from misfortunes and ill will. Maha Mrityunjaya homam invokes the blessings of Lord Shiva to overpower death. The procedure involves the offering of Durva and Amrutha grass to the sacred fire and these signify good health and longevity. It purifies the blood and the Durva grass is a sure healer of deadly diseases like cancer. Therefore, the life span of the person who wants to perform the homam is guaranteed. The homam saves a person from bad luck, and gives harmony, success, happiness, prosperity.
The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra holds the highest position among all mantras. It is known by various names such as Rudra Mantra as it’s dedicated to Lord Shiva, Trayambakam Mantra as it denotes Lord Shiva’s three eyes and Mritasanjivini Mantra as it has life-restoring power. Religious texts say that Lord Shiva gave this mantra to Sage Shukracharya after a severe penance. One of the most powerful mantras of Vedic times, the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra provides longevity of life, helps attain immortality and promotes mental, physical and emotional health. There are specific rules for reciting the mantra that can protect a person from violent accidents, natural disasters, and negative influences of planets, frees a person from jealousy and greed, relieves you from bad dreams and nightmares, etc.
According to Shiva Purana, the Maha Mrityunjaya Homam helps the devotee attain moksha or salvation. It overcomes fear of death and grants liberation. This powerful homam is the king of all homams and avoids premature death and increases one’s life span. This ritual invokes Lord Shiva and creates a positive shield around the person for whom the homam is being conducted. These powerful forces keep away all nefarious energies and therefore, it turns out to be a life saver.
Maha Mrityunjaya Homam can also be done when a person is critical due to disease or accident, and frees him from danger. It saves from legal litigations, unexpected calamities, sorrows, financial crisis, defamation, nadi dosha, bhakoot dosha (incompatible moon sign formation in the horoscope between prospective couples), Kala Sarpa dosha, Mangal/Mars dosha and confrontations. It also provides succour to Markesh Yoga which is a deadly combination of planets in a horoscope which leads to fatality, life threating situations and unnatural, sudden deaths. Maha Mrityunjaya Homam also creates a positive aura that rejuvenates the body and awakens the soul. It’s also extremely powerful in meditation and healing. By providing success over death, the ritual is a windfall to man in times of major problems. It also ensures prosperity and fulfills wishes of the devotee.
The Vaitheeswaran Temple is famed for Lord Vaidyanatha who has curative powers. A special abhishekam is performed to the lord which has gained significance from the times of ancient siddhars who were mystics and had great knowledge in the fields of science, medicine, alchemy, spirituality, etc. Lord Vaitheeswaran or Vaidyanatha cures people of not only physical illnesses but also from the cycle of birth and death. He offers every wish of the devotee. This temple is also a ‘parihara sthalam’ for Mars dosha in the horoscope. Special poojas are performed to Agarakan or Chevvai or Mars for success in land deals, relief from debts and marriage dosha like chevvai dosham, emotional upheavals, family quarrels and ailments. The lord blesses with a good job, marriage and child blessings and fulfills desires.
Rudraksha mala is a divine rosary of Rudraksha beads that represents Rudra or Lord Shiva. It is a perfect tool for meditation as it energises the central system of your body. It also removes depression, obstacles and mental blocks. It helps to attain self-development that leads to growth, it strengthens inner personality, eliminates negative traits in an individual and ensures inner positive vibrations. It grants happiness, prosperity, intuitive ability, desire fulfilments, harmony and self-empowerment. It also enhances intellect, creates self-awareness, and removes all negative vibrations including those of planets.