Next to Suriyan, Chandran is the most auspicious of the Navagrahas. Our sacred texts narrate that Chandran was born with the elixir when the Devas churned the Ocean of milk, that he had his manifestation from the heart of Lord Vishnu; that he allocates the fruits of enjoyments according to karma. Chandran, when propitiated makes one famous; gives sight to those threatened with blindness.
The Temple of Thingalur
Entrance into the temple is through the Southern gate of the Kailasanathan temple situated at the southern end of tiny hamlet at Thingalur. We are blessed with the vision of Holy Mother Periya Nayagi Amman whose ‘gracious demeanour drives away all grief and sorrow that lie in our heart.
In the frontal hall, Appoothiadigal and his wife, the elder Thirunavukkarasu and the younger stand with children facing saint Appar who looks to the west. There is also a sanctum for Lord Dakshinamoorthy who sits in the yogic posture or padmasana. A seprate canopy covers this lord of wisdom.South westof the hall is Ganapathy and Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai in the middle. In the north west corner of the hall in the shrine for Gajalakshmi, Mother Durga, Sandesar and the holy Vilwa tree are at the Northern part. Adjoining with the eastern walls, the Navagrahas are worshipped in a canopy.
Here is a single sanctum of Chandra, over which a handsome canopy has been built. There is also a large hall where devotees who visit the temple for propitiating Chandra can sit and have darshan of this celestial divinity.
An open courtyard and the pond Chandra Theertham, are against the eastern entrance of the temple.
To the left of the sanctum of the lord Kayilayanathar is the sanctum of Suriyan and the kitchen where the Lord’s food is made. In the sanctum is the glorious linga of Kayilayanatha, whose grace manifested in the lives of the Saints Appar and Appoothiadigal. The smiling countenance of his consort, Divine mother Periya Nayagi Amman, is a sight which can inspire tears of bliss in the heart of humble devotee.