Most young people aspire to have a good career. If you have a good career, you can prosper in life. Also, people will not denounce you as a failure and take pity on you. Even parents become disappointed and anxious if their son or daughter does not have a good job. Everything hinges on it – a good marriage, a stable life, financial security, and status in society.
Sometimes, people find it hard to get a good job. Or they may face problems in their career often due to various reasons. One reason, as per astrology, has to do with planetary placements in their horoscope. If these are not favorable, the native will face delays in getting a job. Or there may be problems at their workplace, and they may keep changing jobs. Certain Doshas also are responsible for this situation. One remedy for such problems is to visit certain temples and worship the deity there. In Tamil Nadu, there are some temples that people make a beeline to, when they want to get a good job or boost their career prospects.
Here are the top 3 temples in Tamil Nadu for jobs and career. Many people come here to solicit divine blessings for a good job and a successful career.
Sri Jambukeshwarar Temple
Akilandeshwari sametha Jambukeshwarar temple is in Thiruvanaikkaval in Trichy. This temple is one of the Panchabhootha Sthalams. It symbolizes ‘Neer,’ meaning ‘water’. The Lingam found here has the name, Appu Lingam. The belief is that a stream of water comes from beneath the Lingam. We can infer this by seeing the wet clothes lying on the Lingam.
According to the Sthala Purana, a sage called Jambu once came to this place and performed penance. The pleased Lord gave darshan to the sage and also offered him a Naaval pazham (blackberry) fruit as Prasadam. When eating the fruit, he swallowed the seeds, too, as he felt that spitting the seeds would be a sinful act. When the seeds entered the stomach, they remained there and grew into a tree that came out through Jambu’s head. This helped the sage attain salvation. Since the Lord helped the sage attain salvation, the Lingam got the name, Jambukeswarar.
There is another Sthala Purana which says that Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, was born as a human once, as ordained by Shiva. She performed penance in a forest that was known as Jambu forest and was in Thiruvanaikoil. She created a Lingam using some water from the Kaveri river. She kept the Lingam beneath a Naaval (Blackberry) tree. Shiva was pleased with her prayers and appeared before her. He also imparted Shiva Gnana to her. The Goddess listened to his Upadesa or lessons, facing the East direction. The Lord faced the West direction. Hence this temple has the name, Upadesa Sthalam. As the Goddess was like a student and Lord Jambukeshwarar acted like a Guru (teacher), no Thiru Kalyanam (marriage) is conducted in this temple. Also, the Palli arai (sanctum sanctorum/place for deities to rest) is also absent here, unlike other Shiva temples.
Interestingly, in the ancient days, the Goddess here was in a furious form. The devotees who went to worship her could not withstand her fierce aspect. Usually, a Srichakra would be installed at the Goddess’ feet to pacify her. Sri Adi Shankarar made two sets of earrings called Tatankam that contained the power of Srichakra and presented them to Goddess Akilandeshwari. After that, the Goddess’ fierceness reduced, and she became merciful and serene.
The belief was that the Goddess worships the Lord during midday. So even now, the temple priest dresses like a woman, wearing a sari and a crown. Then he performs Pooja and Abishekam to Jambukeshwara and the Holy cow. After this, he returns to the Goddess’s shrine. On this occasion, the devotees worship the priest who is regarded as the Goddess herself.
People who seek jobs or a change of jobs come here and perform special Poojas to Jambukeshwarar. Those who have Doshas that impact their career, too, perform the Pooja. Once they realize their wish, they return to the temple and offer saris or make donations to the temple as thanksgiving.
Sri Adi Kumbeswarar Temple
Mangalambika Sametha Adi Kumbeshwarar temple lies in Kumbakonam, and it is one of the Paadal Petra Sthalams praised by the Shaivite saints in their hymns.
As per the Sthala Purana, during the great flood or Pralaya Kaala, Lord Brahma went to meet Lord Shiva and asked him how to protect Amrit, which was the ‘Creation material’. Shiva told him to put everything in a sacred pot, and he made it float in the flood. When the pot began to float, Shiva took the form of a hunter and used an arrow to pierce the pot. The wind made the contents inside the pot, like grass, mango leaf, vilva leaf, coconut, and the sacred thread (Poonal), fall in various places. All of these turned to Shiva Lingams, and later, Shiva temples came up in such places.
The nectar or Amrit settled in two tanks – the Mahamaham Tank and Potramarai Tank. Then Shiva created a Shiva Lingam from the fragments of the broken pot and entered into it. Thus he got the name, Adi Kumbeshwarar (Adi meaning ‘first and foremost’, Kumba meaning ‘pot’, and Eshwarar meaning ‘God’ or ‘Shiva’). The Shiva Lingam here is tilted towards the left slightly at the top, and so the place came to be called Kumbakonam (Kumba – pot, Konam – tilted/bent).
The Goddess here is Mangalambikai. The temple is one of the 64 Shakthi Peetas. The story goes that Shiva gave half of his body to Parvati and also gave 36 crores of his Mantra Shakti-power to her. Parvathi is believed to have 36 crores of Mantra Shakti, so this added power enhances her total power to 72 crores. For this reason, she has the name, Mantra Peeteshwari, here.
Devotees who want a better career and job come to the temple and do Abishekam, Archana, etc. They also offer vastras to Adi Kumbeshwarar and Mangalambika.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Sri Parthasarathy temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. It is located in Thiruvallikeni (Triplicane), Chennai. The principal deity here is Vishnu. The unique feature of this temple is that, here Vishnu appears with a mustache like that of a Sarathi or charioteer. So he is called ‘Meesai Perumal’.
In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna was the charioteer of Arjuna. ‘Partha’ means ‘Arjuna.’. As Arjuna’s charioteer, Krishna received the arrows that Bhishma, who was on the Kaurava side, shot in order to protect Arjuna. The scars caused by the arrows are visible to the devotees even today. Due to this, more ghee is used for preparing the neivedyam. Ghee has the ability to cure wounds quickly. Unlike other Vishnu temples, here, the deity does not have any weapons in his hand as he had promised to lend support to the Pandavas during the war without any weapons.
The Goddess here is Vedavalli Thayar. The belief is that Sage Bhrigu performed penance here so that Vishnu would become his son-in-law. He saw a female child lying within a lily (Alli) flower in the Pushkarini or temple tank. The sage took the child and gave her the name, Vedavalli. When she became of marriageable age, Vishnu married her. Goddess Vedavalli Thayar has a separate shrine here.
Another unique feature of the temple is that this is the only temple where one can see five avatars of Vishnu. They are Yoga Narasimhar, Rama, Gajendravaradaraja, Sri Ranganathar, and Krishna. Also, Lord Venkata Krishna is present with his entire family. Rukmani is to his right, Mahalakshmi in his chest, elder brother Balarama to the right of Rukmani, son Prathyumnan and grandson Anirudhan found in the North.
People worship Yoga Narasimha for the blessings of good education and wisdom. Devotees who hope to get a new job or growth in their career worship the deity here by performing Thirumanjanam. They also offer Sarkarai Pongal as Neivedyam.
So, if you want divine help to get a good job or boost your career, visit any of these 3 temples without delay.