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​​Spiritual India  :
Vaitheeswarankoil, Chindambaran and Palm Leaf Libraries

The temple in Vaitheeswarankoil is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples in Tamil Nadu with Shiva as the main deity and is associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka).

Vaitheeswarankoil temple dedicated to Shiva as a healer. Spiritual Travels MahaMetta
Palm Leaf Reading center in Vaitheeswarankoil, India. MahaMetta Spiritual Travels

Home for the hundreds of palm leaf manuscripts stored here that are essential for the astrological predictions Naadi Jothida Nilayam, a branch of Indian astrology which is different from other Hindu astrology system.

Naadi (or Nadi) Astrology is based on the belief that the past, present and the future lives of all human beings were foreseen by Hindu sages (Rishis) in ancient times and written down as Palm Leaf Manuscripts which are mostly in Vaitheeswaran koil.

There are other Naadi in other places, depending on who was he Sage who foresaw it. 

For each thumb impression there are likely to be around five to six bundles of palm leaves; each such bundle in turn containing 50 to 100 leaves. The seeker's thumb print is used to approximately locate the closest bundle of leaves.

The thumb lines are classified into 108 types. The writings in palm leaf bundles are indexed and classified in the library according to thumb impressions to make the searching of the bundles easier. One particular leaf might be that of the individual, but the process of finding out that specific leaf is laborious.

Palm Leaves in a Palm Library in Vaitheeswarankoil, India. Spiritual Travels MahaMetta

To find the right leaf the reader has to read out to the seeker statements from the first leaf, which concerns his/her past or present, if the seeker agrees then the reader will read out the second statement. If the statement does not hold true for the individual, the reader passes on the next leaf, discarding the previous one. This session is conducted like that until the right leaf is found or not found at all. The reader will have to go on searching leaf after leaf, bundle after bundle to trace out that one leaf in which the seeker agrees with all and matches his or her particular life.


As he reads it out in Tamil, there is an interpreter who will interpret it in English. The general prediction is also called General kandam and each kandam is a prediction about each of the twelve houses (each house is associated with various elements of life).

Ceiling of the Vaitheeswarankoil temple, India. Spiritual Travels MahaMetta

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