Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Cobra Devotee

January 15, 2010
(Solar Eclipse Day)

In Thanjavoor district of Tamil Nadu (India), near Thirunageswaram, there is a Shiva Temple at Thepperumanallur.

Here Vedhanthanayagi [Sakthi] with Viswanathaswamy [Shiva]
are the main Deities.

In this temple, it has been customary to do archana
(prayers and offerings) with Rudraksha ( seeds sacred to Shiva, usually used to make rosaries) only.

Yesterday morning, just before Solar Eclipse,
at about 10:30 AM Shivachariar Satish, priest of the Temple,noticed a Cobra lying on top of the Shiva Linga.

The snake slowly descended from there and went towards the Vilvam tree which is the Sthala Viruksham (Holy tree of the temple.)

It climbed the tree and picked a Vilvam leaf and
came back and entered the Sannadhi.

It hissed at any devotee trying to get near it.
It climbed onto the Siva Linga, opened its hood
and dropped the Vilvam leaf.

This miracle was witnessed by all devotees who
were excited.

Then the Cobra went again and again to do the same repeated two or three times.

As the news spread all over the village, hundreds of villagers rushed to the Temple to have the Dharshan of this event of Cobra with Shiva.
[ Note: Vilvam leaf (Bilva leaf) is holy and special
for Shiva Puja]
News in Dinakaran - Dated: January 16, 2010

(Thanks Raghu!)