Gnanavalli sametha Sara Parameswarar koil at Thirucherai is known as the temple for debt relief. Lord Shiva here is known by different names like Udayar, Senneriyappar and Sara Parameswarar. Markandeya installed a Lingam here and worshipped the same. Lord Shiva fulfilled his prayer for prosperity of the people of this region. The Rinavimochaneswarar Lingam is in the outer praharam (Circumambulatory path). The general belief is that worshipping Lord Shiva here helps improve the financial status and be debt-free. It is just the superficial meaning. However there is a deeper meaning to this. Debt includes financial debts and not limited to it.
Most of us are not aware of the other debts. According to scriptures, every human being is born with three types of debts. They are Deva rina (debt to God), Rishi rina (debt to Sages or Rishis) and Pitru rina (debt to ones ancestors). There are also well-defined means of repaying these debts. If a man does not repay these debts in his lifetime he will have another birth to repay. There is no escape from repaying these debts.
A man clears off his debt to God by performing poojas, visiting temples and most important of all – being good to fellow human beings & other living things and respect to nature. Any act of service goes to repay the debt to God.
The ancient Rishis or sages had framed a set of rules or Code of Conduct which are to be followed by all human beings. The second set of debts i.e. debt to Rishis can be repaid by following and adhering to the Code of Conduct laid down by the Rishis. A man can repay his debt to the Rishis.
Pitru Rina is repaid by performing Shrardham to ones ancestors and performing ones duty to his/her parents.
There also a set of rules called nithya karmas (daily duties) which are to be adhered to. According to the scriptures, every Grihastha or family man has to perform these six duties as follows:
- Should wake up in the Brahma Muhurtham (one and a half hours before sunrise) – According to the scriptures, sleeping during the Brahma Muhurtham destroys all virtues and is a sin. At this time the environment is calm and without any disturbances. According to Ayurveda life-force is at its peak during this time when the atmosphere is ozone rich. The pale blue light that appears in the horizon during the mornings is full of energy. It is very good for both the mind and the body.
- Immediately on waking up, look at your palms because Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Brahma reside in our palms. This is an auspicious beginning to the day and is supposed to bring good fortune.
- Pay your respect to Mother Earth. Mother Earth bears the burden of all the living things in this world. A biological mother takes care of us until we are grown up, but Mother Earth showers her care and love on us from our birth right through our lifetime until our death. She provides us food, clothing and shelter.
- After this, having a glimpse of a mirror, gold, diamond, sandal, conch or mridangam (a South Indian percussion instrument) is considered auspicious.
- One must prostrate to father, mother & Guru Every day.
- Then purify your mind. Ensure that you only think good thoughts. Sprinkle water on your head after chanting the following slokam.
OM APAVITHRAH PAVITHRO VA SARVAAVASTHAAM GATOPIVA,
YA SMARET PUNDAREEKA AKSHAM SA VAAHYA BHYANTARAH SHUCHIH
ATINEEL GHANSHYAMAM NALINAYAT LOCHANAM
SMARAMI PUNDAREEKAKSHAM TEN SNATO BHAVAMYAHAM
Arulmigu Sara parameswarar Thirukoil, Thirucherai – 612605, Phone: 0435-2468001