Hundreds of devotees had darshan of Guru Bhagawan at Abathsahayeswaraswamy temple, Navagraha Kshetra for Guru Bhagawan, at Alangudi near Needamangalam in Tiruvarur district on Tuesday when Guru Peyarchi (Jupiter in transit) occurred.

According to Indian system of astrology, Guru (Jupiter) moved from Rishaba Rasi (Taurus) to Mithuna Rasi (Gemini) on Tuesday night. Though the transit occurred at 9.15 p.m. devotees started queuing up from morning and had darshan in the temple. Special abhishekams, alankarams, and aarthi were performed to Guru Bhagawan at the time of transit.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operated special buses to Alangudi from various places. Police had made tight security arrangements. Legend has it that Lord Siva took the poison that came out when Parkadal, the celestial ocean, was churned by Devas and Asuras and saved them. Hence the name Abathsahayeswaraswamy to the Lord at the temple.

According to a temple release issued here, those who are born in Mesham, Mithunam, Kadagam, Kanni, Viruchigam and Meenam rashis should do pariharas. Laksharchanai will be held daily from May 30 to June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Devotees can pay in person or send Rs. 400 in the form of cheque, demand draft or through money order payable at Kumbakonam and City Union Bank branches in Tiruvarur district to the Assistant Commissioner/Executive Officer, Sri Abathsahayeswaraswamy temple, Alangudi 612 801, Valangaiman taluk, Tiruvarur district to take part in Laksharchanai.

Thittai

Guru Peyarchi pujas were held at Sri Vasishteswaraswamy temple at Thittai in Thanjavur district. Devotees can pay in person or send through money order or demand draft to the Executive Officer, Sri Vasishteswaraswamy temple, Thittai 613003. Devotees can call 04362-252858 or 9940720184.