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mod_proxy apache 2.4

Using Apache with mod_proxy

This page describes how to integrate Confluence into an Apache website using mod_proxy.

There are some common situations where you might use the configuration:

Note: This page documents a configuration of Apache, rather than of Confluence itself. Atlassian will support Confluence with this configuration, but we cannot guarantee to help you debug problems with Apache. Please be aware that this material is provided for your information only, and that you use it at your own risk.

Base configuration

In these examples, we use the following:

http://www.example.com/confluence – your intended URL

http://example:8090 – the hostname and port Confluence is currently installed to

/confluence – the intended context path (the part after hostname and port)

Please substitute the examples below with your intended URL’s in your own server. Copy/pasting these suggestions will not work on your server.

Set the context path

Set your Confluence application path (the part after hostname and port). To do this in Tomcat (bundled with Confluence), edit conf/server.xml, locate the “Context” definition:

<Context path="" docBase="../confluence" debug="0" reloadable="true">

and change it to:

<Context path="/confluence" docBase="../confluence" debug="0" reloadable="true">

Then restart Confluence, and ensure you can access it at http://example:8090/confluence

Set the URL for redirection

Set the URL for redirection. In the same conf/server.xml file, locate this code segment:

    <Connector port="8090" maxHttpHeaderSize="8192"
               maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
               enableLookups="false" redirectPort="8443" acceptCount="100"
               connectionTimeout="20000" disableUploadTimeout="true" />

And append the last line:

    <Connector port="8090" maxHttpHeaderSize="8192"
               maxThreads="150" minSpareThreads="25" maxSpareThreads="75"
               enableLookups="false" redirectPort="8443" acceptCount="100"
               connectionTimeout="20000" disableUploadTimeout="true"
               proxyName="www.example.com" proxyPort="80" />

If this isn’t working for you and you’re using SSL, try adding a scheme attribute to your Connector tag: scheme=”https”.

 

Now we have two options:

Simple Configuration

Configure mod_proxy

Now enable mod_proxy in Apache, and proxy requests to the application server by adding the example below to your Apache httpd.conf (note: the files may be different on your system; See Integrating JIRA with Apache for the process for Ubuntu/Debian layout):

Apache 2.2
# Put this after the other LoadModule directives
LoadModule proxy_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_proxy_http.so

# Put this in the main section of your configuration (or desired virtual host, if using Apache virtual hosts)
ProxyRequests Off
ProxyPreserveHost On

<Proxy *>
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all
</Proxy>

ProxyPass /confluence http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
ProxyPassReverse /confluence http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
<Location /confluence>
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
</Location>
Apache 2.4
# Put this after the other LoadModule directives
LoadModule proxy_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_proxy_http.so

# Put this in the main section of your configuration (or desired virtual host, if using Apache virtual hosts)
ProxyRequests Off
ProxyPreserveHost On

<Proxy *>
	# Auth changes in 2.4 - see http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/upgrading.html#run-time
    Require all granted
</Proxy>

ProxyPass /confluence http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
ProxyPassReverse /confluence http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
<Location /confluence>
	# Auth changes in 2.4 - see http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/upgrading.html#run-time
    Require all granted
</Location>

Click here to expand…

It is recommended that you specify the absolute path to the mod_proxy.so and mod_proxy_http.so files.

Complex configuration

Complex configuration involves using the mod_proxy_html filter to modify the proxied content en-route. This is required if the Confluence path differs between Apache and the application server. For example:

Externally accessible (Apache) URL http://confluence.example.com/
Application server URL http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence/

Notice that the application path in the URL is different in each. On Apache, the path is /, and on the application server the path is /confluence.

For this configuration, you need to install the mod_proxy_html module, which is not included in the standard Apache distribution.

Alternative solutions are discussed below.

Apache 2.2
# Put this after the other LoadModule directives
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so
LoadModule proxy_html_module modules/mod_proxy_html.so

<VirtualHost *>
    ServerName confluence.example.com
    
    # Put this in the main section of your configuration (or desired virtual host, if using Apache virtual hosts)
    ProxyRequests Off
    ProxyPreserveHost On

    <Proxy *>
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all
    </Proxy>
    
    ProxyPass / http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
    ProxyPassReverse / http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
    
    ProxyHTMLURLMap / /confluence/
    
    <Location />
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>
Apache 2.4
# Put this after the other LoadModule directives
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so
LoadModule proxy_html_module modules/mod_proxy_html.so

<VirtualHost *>
    ServerName confluence.example.com
    
    # Put this in the main section of your configuration (or desired virtual host, if using Apache virtual hosts)
    ProxyRequests Off
    ProxyPreserveHost On

    <Proxy *>
		# Auth changes in 2.4 - see http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/upgrading.html#run-time
    	Require all granted
    </Proxy>
    
    ProxyPass / http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
    ProxyPassReverse / http://app-server.internal.example.com:8090/confluence
    
    ProxyHTMLURLMap / /confluence/
    
    <Location />
		# Auth changes in 2.4 - see http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/upgrading.html#run-time
    	Require all granted
    </Location>
</VirtualHost>

The ProxyHTMLURLMap configuration can become more complex if you have multiple applications running under this configuration. The mapping should also be placed in a Location block if the web server URL is a subdirectory and not on a virtual host. The Apache Week tutorial has more information how to do this.

Final Configuration Steps

Restart your Apache server

This is needed to pick up on the new configuration. This can be done by running the following on your command line/terminal/shell:

sudo apachectl graceful

Disable HTTP Compression

Having compression run on both the proxy and Tomcat can cause problems integrating with other Atlassian applications, such as JIRA. Please disable HTTP compression as per our Compressing an HTTP Response within Confluence docs.

Set the Confluence Base URL

The last stage is to set the Base URL to the address you’re using within the proxy. In this example, it would be http://www.example.com/confluence

Adding SSL

If you’re running Apache in front of Tomcat, it’s a good idea to terminate your SSL configuration at Apache, then forward the requests to Tomcat over HTTP. You can set up Apache to terminate the SSL connection and use the ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse directives to pass the connection through to Tomcat (or the appropriate application server) which is running Confluence.

  1. Create a new SSL host by creating a virtual host on 443
  2. The standard http connection on apache could be used to redirect to https if you want or it could just be firewalled.
  3. Within the VirtualHost definition:
    1. define the SSL options (SSLEngin and SSLCertificateFile)
    2. define the ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse directives to pass through to Tomcat.

Most of the relevant Apache Config:

Listen 443

NameVirtualHost *:443
<VirtualHost *:443>
    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem
    ProxyPass / http://localhost:8090/
    ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8090/
</VirtualHost>

Apart from the Apache configuration there are a couple of things you will need to do before you get your server working:

  1. You will have to change your base URL to point to https addresses. See the documentation on configuring the server base URL.
  2. We need to set up the connector to use https. In your installation directory, edit the file server.xml and add this attributes to your connector:
proxyName="proxy.example.com" proxyPort="443" scheme="https" secure="true" 

More information

 

 

Control File Access by IP in Apache 2.4

Denying access to wp-login.php for all but a set of whitelisted IP can be a good way of enhancing site security – provided that the client has a fixed IP address.

We typically add such access controls within a .htaccess file in the document root of a project, leaving login access for our own IP address and that of the site owner.

You might occasionally need to temporarily whitelist an additional IP address, but this is easy to do.

Restricting access by IP address is no substitute for a proper username/password policy – but it may be a useful additional layer, since would-be attackers don’t even get a chance to knock on the door.

Under Apache 2.2, you could use these directives within a .htaccess file:

# ==============================================================================
# Whitelisted IP access for wp-login.php
# ==============================================================================
<files wp-login.php>
order deny,allow
deny from all

# whitelist Your First IP address
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
# whitelist Your Second IP Address
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
# whitelist Your Third IP Address
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

</files>

# ==============================================================================
# Protect specified files from direct access
# ==============================================================================
<FilesMatch “^(wp-config\.php|php\.ini|php5\.ini|install\.php|php\.info|readme\.html|bb-config\.php|\.htaccess|\.htpasswd|readme\.txt|timthumb\.php|error_log|error\.log|PHP_errors\.log|\.svn)”>
Deny from all
</FilesMatch>

Whilst the Allow, Order, and Deny directives still work in Apache 2.4, they are deprecated:

The Allow, Deny, and Order directives, provided by mod_access_compat, are deprecated and will go away in a future version. You should avoid using them, and avoid outdated tutorials recommending their use.

-Apache 2.4 Documentation

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of literature on how to properly set up such restrictions on Apache 2.4 – without relying on mod_access_compat.
Deny Access Completely

In Apache 2.2:

Order deny,allow
Deny from all

In Apache 2.4 this becomes:

Require all denied

Restrict Access by IP address: Comparison of Apache 2.2 and 2.4

Allow from a particular IP in Apache 2.2:

Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Allow from a particular IP in Apache 2.4:

Require ip xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

TL;DR Restrict Access Apache 2.4

# ==============================================================================
# Restrict access to WordPress login page by IP
# See: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/core.html#files
# ==============================================================================
<Files “wp-login.php”>
Require ip 123.123.123.123
</Files>

If you have full access to Apache config on your server, you can enable these directives for all virtual hosts by adding them to the Apache config file:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/security.conf

 

 

Access Control by host and ip address in Apache 2.4
In this post we will learn about access control by host and ip address in Apache 2.4. The Apache 2.4 released with lots of new feature. While working on Apache 2.4 you will surely get attention on new format of access control. The method of using allow,deny or vice-versa is deprecated, it was old styled method before Apache 2.4 versions.

We do expect users have some experience on Apache webserver. Hence, we are directly jumping on ACL of apache 2.4 . We have used all the below given methods inside Apache Virtual Host.
In trailing post, we are going to use directive called RequireAll. So as per Apache 2.4 documentation, know what is RequireAll directive :

apache 2.4 RequireAll
Allow only particular IP Address or Host to access website in Apache 2.4

In this scenario we will allow only particular IP address or hosts to access the website. Rest of the world will not be able to access the website hosted on Apache 2.4 .

Note: Replace Directive value as per your server’s web data path.

<Directory “/var/www/html/website”>
Options All
AllowOverride All
Require all denied
## “Require ip” is used here for IP Address/CIDR/Network
Require ip 192.168.56.4 10.10.1.1

## “Require host” is used here for hostname/FQDN
Require host www.example.com server01
</Directory>

As per your requirement you can set ACL either on ip address or Host or both.

Alternatively for this same scenario you can write in below given format also. You should notice the written in below given example.

<Directory “/var/www/html/website”>
Options All
AllowOverride All
<RequireAll>
## “Require ip” is used here for IP Address/CIDR/Network
Require ip 192.168.56.4 10.10.1.1

## “Require host” is used here for hostname/FQDN
Require host www.example.com server01
</RequireAll>
</Directory>

Deny only particular IP Address or Host to access website in Apache 2.4

In this section, we will deny particular ip address/host to access the website. As mentioned in above section as same as according to your requirement you can set ACL either on ip address or Host or both. Check the directive section where we have applied the ACL.

Note: Replace Directive value as per your server’s web data path.

<Directory “/var/www/html/website”>
Options All
AllowOverride All
<RequireAll>
Require all granted
## “Require ip” is used here for IP Address/CIDR/Network
Require not ip 192.168.56.4 10.10.1.1

## “Require host” is used here for hostname/FQDN
Require not host www.example.com server01
</RequireAll>
</Directory>

Deny All to access website running on Apache 2.4

In this section, we will define Require all denied directly inside directive. This configuration will deny all to access the website.

Note: Replace Directive value as per your server’s web data path.

<Directory “/var/www/html/website”>
Options All
AllowOverride All
## “Require all denied” will deny all to access the website.
Require all denied
</Directory>

Allow All to access website running on Apache 2.4

In this section, we will define Require all granted directly inside directive. The below given configuration helps all to access the website.

Note: Replace Directive value as per your server’s web data path.

<Directory “/var/www/html/website”>
Options All
AllowOverride All
## “Require all granted” will allow all to access the website.
Require all granted
</Directory>

Restart apache service

After doing changes in apache config file, do not forget to restart the apache service.

### In Ubuntu/Debian/
sudo service apache2 restart

### In CentOS 7/RHEL 7
systemctl restart httpd

### In CentOS|RHEL 5.x,6x.
service httpd restart

Apache Forbidden Error Message

On denying the ip address/host from Apache 2.4. The user will get the “Forbidden” message. Given below is the image reference.

 

 

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName www.company.com
        ProxyPreserveHost On
        AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
                RewriteEngine On
                RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
                RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}
        </IfModule>

</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost *:443>
        ServerName www.company.com
        ProxyRequests Off
        SSLProxyEngine on
        AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

        RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"

        # Always use HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
        Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000; includeSubdo:mains; preload"

        SSLEngine on
        SSLCertificateFile      /etc/httpd/ssl/com.crt
        SSLCertificateKeyFile   /etc/httpd/ssl/com.key
        SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/httpd/ssl/CA.crt

        # Set a cookie so the client gets the same backend server each time
        Header add Set-Cookie "ROUTEID=.%{BALANCER_WORKER_ROUTE}e; path=/" env=BALANCER_ROUTE_CHANGED

        ProxyPass /balancer-manager !
        ProxyPass / "balancer://mycluster/" nocanon
        ProxyPassReverse / "balancer://mycluster/"

        <Proxy balancer://mycluster/>
                BalancerMember http://10.0.0.2 route=1
                BalancerMember http://10.0.0.3 route=2
                ProxySet stickysession=ROUTEID
        </Proxy>

        <Location "/balancer-manager">
                SetHandler balancer-manager
                Require host localhost
                Require ip 192.168.2.0/24
                Require host 1982.168.1.10
        </Location>

</VirtualHost>

Suryan – Suriyanar Koil

Location and Place
Sooriyanar Temple is in East of Kumbakonam, Kumbakonam – Mayiladuthurai road. It is exactly 2Km to the north of Aduthurai and the temple is well connected from lower Anicut and Thiruppanandal.
All the Passengers have to alight at Thirumangalagudi Kaliamman Koil bus stop and walk for two for long north east to reach the temple.
This temple is in the banks of Cauvery in Thiruvidaimarudur Talulk which falls under Tanjore district known as Head Quarters of King Chola.
Rail Route : Piligrims have to get down at Aduthurai Railway Station and catch the bus bound for Lower Anicut to visit the temple.
Location:
Two kilometers north of Aaduthurai lies Suryanayanar Koil. It is situated on the road between Kumbakonam and Kadhiramangalam and 15 km to the east of Kumbakonam. There are two other holy places near Suryanar Koil – Thirumangalakudi and Kanjanur. Of the nine grahas, the primary position is given to Lord Surya which is why the first day of the week is said to be Sunday. The seven days of the week refer to the seven grahas, including the Sani Bhagawan.

Mode of Worship
Thirumangaladudi :

Sooriyanar Koil and Thirumanagalakudi are closely related. Navanayakars did their meditation and offered worship to pranavaradeshvarar and Mangalanayaki.

People who offer worship at Sooriyanar temple have to go to Thirumangaladudi to offer worship there. In early days both places were same and it was called ‘Argavamam’ before dividing. Both the temples have Erukan plant as ‘Thalavirukcha’

Thirumangalakudi Temple is a famous temple. Both Thirunavukkarasar and Thiruganasambandar had rendered songs of lord Siva. Mangalakudi, Mangala Vinayagar, Mangala Nayahar, MangalaNayaki and Mangala Theertham are five auspicious ones in Thirumangalakudi.
There is a marked difference of worshipping in this temple from other temples, one has to follow the custom of worshipping.

To offer worship at Sooriyanar Temple, one has to reach the Rajagopuram (Main Entrance) and more towards North where Pushkarani of temple is located. One can take bath in the tank or sprinkle holy water in the head as purification.

Next after the bath one has to offer prayers at the RajaGopuram before entering the temple. After entering the temple, one has to turn towards Southeren side where Koltheertha Vinayagar is placed. One has to do the Sankalpam and Archana as Hindus find Vinayagar as turnover of all obstacles.

After worshipping Vinayagar, one has to Climb steps to reach ‘Narthana Mandapam’ at Northern Side and then more towards ‘Sabanayakar Mandapam’ where one can offer prayers to ‘Urchava Moorthi’.

After Sabanayakar Mandapam one can reach ‘Main Mandapam’ and offer prayers to SriKasivisvanathar and Smt. Visalakshi.

Next to Main Mandapam, there is Maha Mandapam where Sannathi to Sun-God, there is Guru Bhavan(lord Jupitee) stands there. People do the Archana for Guru and offer prayers to lord Sun. One has to move South wards to come out of Sanctum to reach the lord Saturn (Sani). Lord Kuja, lord Mars are placed separately then more northwards to offer prayers to lord Moon and Kethu. Next movement would be towards west where lord Sukra and Raghu are placed. Finally one has to offer prayers to Sandikeswarar.

After finishing prayers at Sandikeswarar, one has to come clockwise to reach the vinayakar to give final prayers,After all the prayers are over, one would reach the ThothaSampatnam (flag post) and prostrate before it. Then nine rounds of the temple is a must. After nine rounds again one has to prostrate and mediatate on the nine planets for some times.
The eighth graha is Raaghu. Of the seven days in a week, 10 hours are reserved for Raaghu, i.e., one-and-a-half hours per day. This one-and-a-half hour is what we call as ‘Raaghu kalam’.
The ninth graha is called Kedhu. Like for Raaghu, the same amount of time is reserved for Kedhu also. These one-and-a-half hours is called ‘Yama kandam’.
Raaghu kalam and Yama kandam are believed to be inappropriate for performing auspicious deeds.

History:
Lord Siva, pleased with their devotion absolved them of their sins and decried that there will be nine sannadhis for the navagrahas in the Suryanar temple (this is the only temple where all the navagrahas are present with separate sannadhis) and those who pray here will get relief from their problems.

Those who suffer the ill effects of Kalathara Dosham, Vivaha Paribandha Dosham, Puthra Dosham, Puthra Paribandha Dosham, Vidhya Paribandha Dosham, Udyoga Padhibandha Dosham, Surya dasai, Surya bukthi would benefit from worshipping at this temple. Father, Athma, physical strength, right eye, governmental largesse are the beneficial aspects of this planet.

If one bathes in the nine ghats in this place continuously for 12 Sundays, they will be saved from sufferings and blessed with a happy and peaceful life.

Sree Surya Puranam When the world came into existence, the first sound that reverberated was ‘Ohm’. Surya was born from this ‘Omkara naadham’. Sree Markandeya Puranam has explained this factor. Suryan was the son of Sage Kashyap and was the grandson of Sage Maarisi. Surya married Soorvarsala, the daughter of Viswakarma. Vaivasvatha Manu and Yamadharmarajan were his sons and Yamuna, his daughter. It should be mentioned here that the chariot of Surya has only one wheel. It is drawn by seven horses in seven colors. Lord Surya, who is the chief of the grahams, appears with a lotus in his divine hands. Surya Bhagawan blesses his devotees with good health, fame and efficient management.

The presiding deities are Puranavaradheeswarar and his consort Mangalanayaki. Surya is the Lord of Simma Rasi and occupies the central place amongst the navagrahas. The adidevatha is Agni, prathyutha Devatha – Rudran. His color is red and his vahana is a chariot drawn by seven horses. The grain associated with his is wheat; the flower – lotus, yerukku; fabric – red clothes; gem – ruby; food – wheat, rava, chakkara pongal.Suryanaar Koyil was built by the Chola kings.

Build

Inscriptions from the period of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120) refer to this temple as the Kulottunga Chola Martanda Alayam. Kulottunga Chola is said to have had a good relationship with the Gahadwal dynasty of Kanauj (1090 – 1194), whose rulers were Sun worshippers, and hence Suryanar Koyil, is considered to be an expression of their influence in South India.

The temple the tower of the temple is 15.5 meter in height and consists of three tiers. At the top of the tower are five domes. To the north of the rajagopuram lies the sacred bathing ghat, called Surya Pushkarni. It is important to bathe in this ghat before offering worship at the temple. If not, one should at least sprinkle its water on one’s head.

Special features of the temple All the grahams face Surya Bhagawan in this temple. As soon as one enters the temple, there is a sacrificial platform (Bali peetam). To its east lies a mandap where one can see an idol of a horse. The Lord’s vehicle is the horse (vaahanam) which goes by the name ‘Saptha, meaning seven in Sanskrit. The one-wheeled chariot is drawn by seven horses.

Timing

According to Atharvana Veda, one who worships Surya Bhagawan will be relieved from diseases pertaining to the eyes and heart. This temple is open from 6 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on all days.

Festivals

Requirements for worshipping the Lord Flower – Senthamarai (Red Lotus)
Samith (sacrificial fuel ) – Erukku ( madar plant )
Dhaniyam (grain) – Wheat
Vasthram – Lotus red
Neivedhyam – Sakkarai pongal

Ratha Saptami in the Tamil month of Thai, and the first Sundays in the months of Aavani (Leo) and Kartikai(Scorpio) and Vijaya Dasami are celebrated in this temple.

Mantra for Sun – Aum hrim hrim suriyaye namah Aum
Temple Timings – 6 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.

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Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu

 

Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu are a congregation of nine temples dedicated to Navagrahas – the nine celestial planets according to Hindu astronomy.

The ancient temples date back to the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam and are among the best temples in Tamil Nadu.In this blog we take you through the journey of Navagraha Temple Tour in Tamilnadu.

Navagraha Temple Tour

              ” History of Navagraha Temples”

Legends have it that once Sage Kalava, who had leprosy, was suffering from serious ailment and prayed to the Navagrahas for healing. The nine celestial planets were pleased by his dedication and cured the sage from his pain. This angered Brahma, the God of Creation, as he felt that the Navagrahas do not have the power to provide boon to human beings. He, therefore, cursed that the nine planets would suffer from leprosy and were sent to earth in the white wild flower jungle, Vellurukku Vanam.

The Navagrahas prayed to Lord Shiva to relieve them from Brahma’s curse. Lord Shiva said that Vellurukku Vanam belonged to them and the planets would have to grace the devotees who worship them from the place. Each temple is situated in a different village, and is considered the abode of the Navagrahas. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva as their primary deity. However, the Surya Temple is dedicated to the Sun God and other Navagrahas.

 

 

 

 

Navagraha Temples

  1. Suriyanar Koil

 

Suriyanar Koil is an ancient Hindu shrine and one of the Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu. It was built during 1100 A.D. by Chola king Kulothunga I and is dedicated to Lord Suriyan, or the Sun. Suriyan here presides with his consorts Pratyusha Devi and Usha Devi. It also has separate shrines for the other eight planetary gods as per Hindu astronomy. The temple is built in Dravidian architectural style and has 5-tiered rajagopuram, a gateway tower and a granite wall that encloses all the shrines of the temple. Pongal is celebrated with immense fervour and pomp, and is regarded as Thanks Giving to Lord Suriyan.The Navagraha Temple Tour from Kumbakonam includes a visit to Suriyanar Koil Temple.

  1. Thingalur Kailasanthar Temple The Kailasanthar Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu, located in Thingalur, 18 km. from Kumbakonam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Chandra, or the Moon God, the second planet of the Navagrahas. A striking feature of the temple is that it is also a Shiva Sthalam and Lord Kailasanthar (Shiva) and his consort Goddess Periyanakiamman are the primary deities worshipped here. Legends have it that Lord Chandra worshipped Shiva to relieve him from Brahma’s curse and gained his blessings. Thus, it is believed that those who have Chandra Dosha can get relief from their pain and suffering by offering prayers at this temple, which is a part of the Navagraha Temple Tour Package.

  2. Vaitheeswaran Koil

Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur Temple is one of the nine Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu and is associated with planet Mars or Angaraka or Kuja or Sevvai, one of the Navagrahas. Like most other Navagraha temples, the main deity here is Lord Shiva as Vaidyanathaswamy and Goddess Parvati as Thaiyalnaayaki. Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran in this temple which means “Lord Doctor” who has the cure for all ailments in the world. The shrine also has a bronze image of Angaraka or Mangal (Planet Mars) and is worshipped with immense devotion to seek healing from illness. The image is taken out in a procession every Tuesday as it is considered an auspicious day to worship Mangal.A visit to this temple is also a part of the Navagraha Temple Tour Itinerary.

 

 

 

4. Thiruvenkadu 

Swetharanyeswarar Temple at Thiruvenkadu is the 4th Navagraha Sthalam in Tamil Nadu and is the abode of Lord Budhan or planet Mercury. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva as Swetharanyeswarar and Goddess Parvati as Brahma Vidya Nayaki Ambal. There is also a separate sanctorum for Lord Budhan, who bestowes wealth and wisdom. The unique incarnate of Lord Shiva in the form of Agora Murthi is one of the primary attractions of this temple. The Chariot Festival is one of the most special occasions celebrated in the temple.

  1. Alangudi

Alangudi or Apatsahayesvarar Temple or Guru Sthalam or Tiru Irum Poolai is a Hindu temple dedicated to Brihaspati, or the planet Jupiter or Guru. Like most other Navagrahas in Tamil Nadu, the main deity in the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Aranyeswara or Apatsahayesvarar and is accompanied by his consort, Umai Ammai. It is regarded as Guru Sthalam and is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams where Campantar, one of the four most regarded Saivite saints have sung the glories of this temple. The temple is located on the south of the River Cauvery. Lord Brihaspati is revered for his excellence in wisdom, fine arts and education.

6. Kanjanoor

 

The Kanjanoor Agneeswarar Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to Lord Sukran or planet Venus. Lord Sukran is believed to resolve problems related to love, marriage, comforts and beauty, and is worshipped by men for the wellbeing of their wives. Again, Lord Shiva as Agneeswarar is the main deity at Sukran Navagraha Sthalam as it is believed that Lord Agni had worshipped Shiva here. There are several other deities who are worshipped here besides Lord Sukran. Beautiful inscriptions from the Vijayanagar and Chola period and stone images of Sivakami and Natarajar can be seen here.

 

7.Thirunallar 

 

Darbaranyeswarar Temple or Thirunallar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shani or planet Saturn, located in Thirunallar in Karaikal district of Pondicherry. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva as Darbaranyeswarar and is believed to be made of dharba grass. Lord Shani or Saniswarar is also worshipped here and is treated as the door keeper of the temple. The tradition is to worship Lord Saniswarar before entering the main sanctum of Lord Shiva. According to myths, King Nala was once affected with innumerable problems due the adverse effects of Saniswarar or due to Shani Dosh as it is said. The king took a holy dip at Nala Theertham, a water tank in the temple, and got relieved of all evil effects.

 

8. Thirunageswaram

 

Sri Naganathaswamy Temple in Thirunageswaram is one of the popular Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu and is associated with Lord Rahu. Lord Naganathaswamy (Lord Shiva) and his consort Giri Gujambika are the main deities of worship in this temple, and are enshrined with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Rahu is also seen with his consorts Nagakanni and Nagavalli. According to Hindu mythology, serpents Adi Sesha, Kaarkotakan and Dakshan worshipped Lord Shiva here, and therefore, the temple attracts devotees who want to get relieved of Naga Dosha. One of the uniqe features of the temple is that Lord Rahu is seen with a human face, while in other temples, he is worshipped with a serpent face. Another striking aspect is that during milk abhishekam, when the milk is poured over the idol of Lord Rahu, it turns blue and is clearly visible.

 

9. Keezhperumpalam

The Naganatha Swamy Temple in the village of Keezhperumpalam is dedicated to Ketu, the shadow planet, and therefore, is also known as Ketu Sthalam. However, the primary deity is Naganatha Swamy or Lord Shiva. In this shrine, Lord Ketu is seen with head of a snake and body of an asura. He appears in divine form, his head as five-headed snake and with folded hands worshipping Lord Shiva. Rahu and Ketu are associated with the legend of the serpent that helped Shiva to churn the Milky Ocean.

Some of the devotees who are short of time so Navagraha Temple Tour in 1 Day or Navagraha Temple Tour in 2 Days.However, we at Waytoindia.com suggest you to spare at least 4 Nights & 5 Days to undertake Navagraha Temple Tour.

Approximate distances to navagraha temples from Kumbakonam

Approximate distances to navagraha temples from Kumbakonam

Suriyan
Kumbakonam to Suriyanar Koil – 15 Km

Chandran
Kumbakonam to Thingalloor – 30Km

Chevvai
Kumbakonam to Vaitheswaran Kovil – 49Km

Bhudhan
Kumbakonam to Thiruvenkadu – 60Km

Guru
Kumbakonam to Alangudi – 17Km

Sukkiran
Kumbakonam to Kanchanoor – 20Km

Sani
Kumbakonam to Thirunallaru – 48Km

Ragu
Kumbakonam to Thirunageswaram – 5Km

Kethu
Kumbakonam to Keezhaperumpallam – 59Km

 

Suryan (The Sun) – Suriyanar Koil
3 Kms. from Aduthurai which is on the
Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road
Chandran( The Moon) – Thingaloor
1.5 Kms from Thirupayhanam which is on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road
Angaraka( Sevvai ) The Mars Vaitheeswarankoil
4 Kms. from Mayiladuthurai on the Chidambaram Road
Budan( The mercury) – Trivenkadu
10 Kms. SouthEast of Sirkali
Guru( The Vyazhan-Jupiter) – Alangudi
About 15 Kms from Kumbakonam
on the way to NeedaMangalam
Sukran(Velli-The Venus)
– Kanjanoor
An interior village on the
Mayiladuthurai – Kathiramangalam Road
Sani( The Saturn) – Thirunallar
On the way to Peralam- Karaikkal. 5 Kms from karaikkal
Raghu – Thirunageswaram
About 7 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road
Kethu– Keezhaperumpallam
Near PoomPuhar Mayiladuthurai-Poompuhar road

 

Kedhu Baghawan – Keelaperumpallam

Thalaviruthcam – Bambo
History:
     Keezhaperumpallam is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to shadow planet Ketu.Both the Devas and Asuras wanted to get Amirtham from the Pargadal(Milk Ocean).Thirumal as in the shape of Mohini was distributing Amirtham to the Devas. At that time Swarvabanu took divine shape sitting between the sun and moon received the Amirtham and ate it. This was informed to Mohini by the sun and moon. Mohini was keeping a long sppon in her hand and she hit the Asuras head heavily. The Asuras head and the body were separated.The head part goes to Lord kethu. The devotees may get certain defects caused by Kethu as Nagathosam, Kethu thosam Marriage thosam, children thosam, snake thosam, defects of the former birth are redressed when they pray here.He is a fearless planet doing all good for the devotees belonging to his Rasi. People pray to planet Kethu for excellence in education and family prosperity.Those facing some adverse aspects of this planet, pray first to Lord Naganatha and Kethu with red flowers, offering horsegram rice – Kollu sadham – as nivedhana and light seven deepas.Pujas are performed to planet Kethu at Rahukalas and Yemakanda Kala times.
Festivals:
     Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Panguni Vasuki Utsav in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Temple Timing :
     The temple is open from 6.00 am to 12.00pm and from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm and every Raghu Kalam and Emakandam the temple is open.
Travel Information :
     This place is 2 km south of Dharmankulam, which is on Mayiladuthurai (20 km) to Poompukar(5 km) Bus Route.it can be reached from Sirkazhi (20 km) also.
Temple Address
Executive Officer,
Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple,
Sri Kedhu Sthalam, Keezhapperumpallam,
Vaanagiri Post, Tharangampadi (T.K.),
Nagai District –
609 105.

Raghu

Arulmigu Girigujambika Sametha (Udanurai) Naganatha Swamy Temple Thirunageshwaram (Raaghu Kshetra)
Raghu(North Lunar Node)

Main Deity – Naganathaswamy
Goddess- Girigujambika, Pirayaniamman
Theertham – Sula theertham(Suriya pushkarini)
History:
Thirunageshwaram is one of the 127 temples on the southern banks of river Cauvery. It is one of the Panchakrosa Sthalas.The presiding Deity is Arulmigu Giri Gujambika Sametha Naganathaswamy.The Raaghu Sannathi ( Nagaraja Shrine)is on the South-West direction of the second prakara.Raaghu,the Naga (Serpent) King worshipped the Lord Siva,hence this place is named ‘Thirunageshwaram’.Further Raaghu had received a boon from Siva for bestowing grace and prosperity to those who worship Him with devotion.He took His abode as God with His two consorts. There is another shrine for Amman,where Devi is seen in three forms as Lakshmi(godess of wealth),Girigujaambaal (sakthi),and Saraswathi(godess of knowledge).As per the Sthalapuranam,there are two Shrines(Sannidhis) for the Presiding Deity(Moorthi)at this sthala,the colour of milk changes from white to blue during Abhishekam. On 16.2.86, a snake had shed off its outer skin on Rahu Bhagavan, which is preserved and worshipped to date. People having Ragu dosha come here during Rahu kalam and perform Abishekas.The Jothisha Sastra (Astrololgy) states that if Raaghu is in good position in one’s horoscope He will bestow all prosperity (including Raja Yoga ) to him and that person becomes a Kubera.If he is not in a good position and guilty ( Dhosha ) a person gets worst results and his life will be miserable. Therefore one should satisfy Raaghu (one of the 9 planets) by worshipping Him. One’s marriage will be delayed if Raaghu is in the 7 th place in a horoscope.If he is in the 5 th place, the Jaathaka (person) will not beget a child. In order to nullify Kalasthra dhosha, Naga dhosa and Putra dhosha one should worship Raaghu. People afflicted with Nagadhosa should perform oblations.
Thirugana Sambandar,Thiru navukarasu Nayanar,ThiruSundramoorthi Nayanar, and Arunagiri Swamigal have praised the glory of the Lord.The Thirunagechurappuranam which was written by Singaravelu pillai contains sufficient information about the temple.The Chola King Kandaraathithya (950AD-957AD) changed it into a granite edifice.The inner Mantapa was built by Seikkizhar, as it was a favourite place to him.Govinda Dikshitar (17 th century A.D.) a minister to Acchuthappa nayak, constructed the outer mantapa. Sambumali,a King built the beautiful Surya Puskarani beautifully. The roof and other renovation work were done by Arimalazham Annamalai Chettiar. Gnaniyar Swamigal, the great saiva scholar, who was the pontiff at the Mutt at Thiruppapuliyur, was born here.

Saneeswara Baghawan (SATURN) : Thirunallar

Main Deity – Nallarar
Goddess – Bogamartha Poonmulayal
HolyTheertham – Nala Theertham
Sthala Vriksham – Darba
History:
Thirunallar is famous for Lord Saneeshwara’s (Saturn) temple.The Thirunallar temple is a Shiva Temple (Lord Shiva is known as Dharbaranyeshwarar here) but the main glory of the temple is Lord Shaniswara. The only temple where Lord Saneeshwara lost all his power to Lord Shiva (Dharbaranyeshwarar) which saved his devotee Nalan from Saturn’s curses.It is believed that by bathing in nala theertham here, one washes off all kinds of misfortunes and afflictions caused by one’s past karmas.According to astrology, Saneeswaran moves from one sign (house) to the next in the Zodiac once in 2-1/2 years and the day of his transit is observed as a festival in Thirunallar.Saneeswaran is reputed to be both, a giver and destroyer. A person who prays to Saneeswaran will be blessed with not only riddance from the problems and worries faced, but a life that one desires.Worshipping of Lord Shani helps people to develop a positive mindset even during the harshest of Shani periods. The great Saivite saints Thirugnanasambhandar, Sundaramurthy Swamigal, Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagirinadhar have worshipped at this shrine and sung about the glory of the Lord.
 Travel Information: From Karaikal (5 KM),Nagore (19 KM) ,Nagapattinam (23 KM),   
Mayiladudhurai(38 KM),Thiruvarur(40)km
Temple Timing :6.00 A.M. – 1.00 P.M. & 4.00 P.M. – 9.00 P.M.

The name “TIRUNALLARU” is said to represent the association of Nala of the Nishadha country who got his deliverance from the evil effects of Shani (Saturn) by invoking the Lord’s mercy here. (Nala+Aru-Nallaru).
The word “Aru” also conveys the meaning “to heel” and the two words taken together will mean Nala’s place of redemption or the pace where Nala secured his redemption from the hold of Saturn through the Lord’s Grace.
Others are inclined to read the meaning ‘between rivers’ in the name Nal-Aru, as this place is situated in the midst of two rivers in the north i.e. Noolaru and Vanchiaru, and one in the south, Arasalaru.
And this name as such occurs in the earlier padikam as wel as in the Inscriptions. Besides, the name of Nallaru this sacred plaee has also other name such as Adipuri, Darbharanyam, Nagavidangapuram, Naleswaram etc
History:
Lord Sani Bhagavan at Thirunallar
As per the history of the temple, the great King Nala of Puranic fame was relieved of the affliction of Lord Saturn or Lord Saneeswaran after worshipping the Lord consecreted in this temple.Whoever visits this temple and prays before Lord Saneeswaran is believed to have been relieved of all the curses and sufferings and get the blessings of Lord for a happy and prosperous life.
When the Planet Saturn transits between zodiac signs, literally millions throng this shrine. The Legendary King Nala is said to have been relieved of his affictions, which were due to the malefic influence of Saturn, after worships in this temple.
The moolavar of Dharbarenyeswarar is Swayambu Lingam.Poojas are performed 6 times(6 kalams) by the Brahmin priests.Poojas like Ashtothra Archana, Abhishegam, Sahasranama Archana and Navagraha Shanthi Homam are performed daily but Homams are not accepted on Saturdays.Facilities are also available to perform the following poojas on behalf of devotees and to send the prasadam (viboothy and kumkum) by post who wish to pay the prescribed amount.
The Important festivals celebrated in the temple are the following :-
Adi Pooram festival for one day for Ambal in July-August.
Vinayaga Chathurthi festival for Vinayagar for one day in August-September.
Navarathri Kolu, Ambu festival in September-October.
Soorasamharam festival for seven days for Subramanyar in October-November.
Thiruvathirai festival for ten days in December-January.
View Of Thirunallar Temple Gopuram
Festivals:
Sivarathri festival for Chandrasekarar and Ambal in February March.
The Brahmortsavam festival in Vaikasi.
Sanipeyarchi festival for two days once in two and half years when “Sani” changes his gruha or place.
Apart from these festivals, Special Abhishegam are also held in the Temple throughout the year on important occassions.
Among the Navagrahas, Lord Saturn (Saneeswarar) occupies an important place.
A malefic Saturn in one’s horoscope is believed to cause miseries and hardships which can be mitigated by worshipping him.According to astrology, Saneeswaran moves from one sign (house) to the next in the Zodiac once in 2-1/2 years and the day of his transit is observed as a festival in Thirunallar.
On the day previous to the day of transit, religious discourses and entertainments are arranged.On the festival day, Thiruppavai and Thiruvembavai are chanted at 5.00 a.m. An Abhishegam on a grant scale is performed for the Lord Saneeswara Baghavan.Oil, Milk, Curd, Rose-Water, Tender Coconut water, Fruit juice etc., are used for the Abhishegam.
The place was originally a forest of Dharba grass and it is stated that the Lingam even now has impressions left by the Dharba weeds within which it was situated.The Lord here is also known as “ADHIMOORTHY or NALLARAR”.The great Saivite saints Thirugnanasambhandar, Sundaramurthy Swamigal, Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagirinadhar have worshipped at this shrine and sung about the glory of the Lord.
“PACHAI PADHIGAM” sung by the great saint Thirugnanasambhandar is very famous one.
Of the numerous tanks theertams, the Nala theertam is the important one. By bathing here, it is belived that one washes off all kinds of misfortune , afflictions and to escape from the woes of sani. Saniswara or Saturn, is generally known to affect one adversely on occasions when he occupies certain positions in one’s horoscope.A prayer to him, especially on Saturdays, is said to mitigate the hardships one will have to face during these periods. Saniswara is considered equally a bestower of all benefits to the devotees who pray sincerely to him. He is ruled by Lord Yama.
Mantra for Saturn – Aum aing hring shring shung shanaishcharaye namah aum
How To Reach Thirunallar Temple:
Air : The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli, 168 Kms. away
Rail : The nearest Railway Station is Nagore, 10 Kms. away from here.
Road: Karaikal is connected directly from Chidambaram, Mayiladurai, Kumbakonam,
Thanjavur, Thiruchirappalli, Thiruvarur, Velankanni, Nagappattinam.
Kumbakonam – 64 Kms.(Towards West)
Thanjavur – 103 Kms.(Towards West)
Tiruchirapalli – 168 Kms.( Towards West)
Nagore – 10 Kms. (Towards South)
Nagappattinam – 19 Kms. (Towards South)
Velankanni – 26 Kms. (Towards South : via – Nagore, Nagappattinam)
Chidambaram – 57 Kms. (Towards North on East Coast)
Pondicherry – 135 Kms. (Towards North on East Coast)
Chennai – 294 Kms. (Towards North on East Coast)

Sukran Baghawan (Venus) – Kanjanur

 

Main Deity – Agneeswarar
Goddess – Karpagambal
Sthala Vriksham – Purasamaram
Theertham – Agnitheertham
History:
Kanjanur is the sthalam for Sukran. Agni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswarar.As per the Temple story (Sthala Purana), Lord Brahma was blessed with a vision of Shiva’s marriage with Parvathy here. The Brahma Lingam enshrined in this Temple is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself. There is no separate sannidhi (shrine) for Lord Sukra as Lord Shiva himself is believed to have incarnated as Venus here.

During vamanaAvatharam, when lord vishnu took the form of a small boy asked Bali for three steps of land,Asura Guru Sukracharya had doubts about the boy.When Bali denied to attentive his advise,he took the form of abee and hid in the mouth of the Kamamdalam from which Bali would pour water to donate the three steps of land.When water did not flow from the kamandalam,Vishnu in the form of Vamana Avataram pricked sukracharya with a Darbhai grass sue to which he lost an eye, and had to come out. At the appropriate time, having had his wish,vamana took his huge form of Avatharam and measured out of the land and the sky, and as the 3rd step, placed his foot on Bali,blessing him.Sukracharya however was angry with Vishnu, and cursed him.It is belived that Vishnu prayed to Shiva at Kanjanur, where he was relieved of the curse. Shiva not only blessed Vishnu here, he promised to remain and bless those who came with prayers to Sukran his favour.There is no idol or image os Sukran at kanjanur.It is Shiva himself who takes the position of sukran here.Kanjanur is the temple for performing “Kalathira Dosha Pariharam” for lord sukiran.
Lord Sukran is offered white Lotus, white cloth, mochai kottai (common bean) and aththi (fig) to alleviate problems caused by Sukra dosham. Friday is the day of Sukran and worship on Fridays is considered very special.
Travel information:It is 20km from kumbakonam,26km from Mayiladurai,3km from Suryanar koviland 3km from Aduthurai.

Guru Baghawan (JUPITER) – Alangudi

Main Deity –   Aabathsahayeswarar
Holly Theertham – Amritapushkaraini
Sthala Vriksham – Poolai Shrub
History:
The temple is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas(Temples of Nine planets) located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to planet Jupiter, called Dakshinamoorthy,the Guru.Lord Guru can be propitiated in the form of Sri Dakshinamurthy.Legend is that Siva consumed deadly poison, giving rise to the name Alangudi and deity being termed Apatsahayesvarar, indicating saviour during hard times.He is also known as Brihaspathi, due to his excellence in education and fine arts, possessing supreme intelligence.Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva, is said to have been reborn on the banks of the Amrita Pushkarini within the temple precincts before being reunited with siva.Presiding deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambulinga Murthy in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy adored as Guru Baghwan (teacher of Dharma and Yoga sastras) has special importance in the temple and therefore, the place is regarded as Dakshinamurthy Sthala – the holy place.
It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where Campantar, one of the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung the glories of this temple.Sage Sukha, Rishi Viswamithra, Sage Agastya, Adisankara and several other holy men have worshipped at this shrine.
Temple Timing: 6.00 Am – 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Travel Information:It is 7 Kms South of Needamangalam Railway station and 17 Kms South of Kumbakonam.
Contact :Sri Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Alangudi post – 612 801, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district.
ph.04374-269407
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