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Lord Guru

There is a Tamil saying that Lord Guru's look will fetch a lot of blessings from Him. Lord Guru is also called Brahaspathi due to his excellence in education and fine arts.

Brahaspathi worshipped in three temples in Tamil Nadu: Thenkudi Thittai, Thiruvalidayam and Tiruchendur.

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Guru at Alangudi, which is near Needamangalam, in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu.

The main deity of the Alangudi temple is Lord Abathsahayeswarar and the  Ambal's name is Ezhavaar Kuzhali. The Puranas say that Lord Guru was born to Saint Angirasa and Vasuda. Lord Guru is considered supreme in intelligence and so is the teacher of the Devas and a minister in Lord Indra's court.

The colour that is appropriate for Lord Guru is yellow. Donating a yellow colour garment and chick pea (konda kadalai) is believed to bring happiness to a Guru devotee. For students to excel in education, they should offer 'a konda kadalai' garland (the chick pea should be soaked in water and made into a garland once it swells up) to the Lord every Thursday, the day dedicated to Him.

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Thenkudi Thittai is 9 km from Myladuthurai railway station. This temple has been sung in the Thevaram by Nayanmars. The name of the Lord here is Pasupathinathar and the Ambal is Ulaganayaki. It is also said Gauthamar, Adiseshan, Kamadhenu have worshipped and got the Lord's blessings here.

Thiruvalithayam, known popular as Padi, near Chennai, is the second temple where Lord Guru worshipped. The main deity's name is Lord Valithayanathar and the Ambal is Thayammai. Saiva Nayanmar Tirugnanasambandar has sung in praise of this temple.

It is believed that Lord Murugan sought the advice of Lord Guru before fighting Soorapadman, about the history of Asuras. So, Lord Guru is revered even in Tiruchendur.

KT Sri
Translated by N Arun Kumar

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