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Lord Saneeswaran at Thirunallar

Of the nine planets in the Navagrahas, zodiac constellation Saturn or Sani is the most powerful.
Though there are a lot of temples dedicated to Sani, the one at Thirunallur is very famous as Thirunallar is identified with Saneeswaran.
Thirunallar is situated near Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry, near Mayavaram.
A sleepy hamlet, it springs into prominence during the Sani Peyarchi when thousands flock to this temple to offer prayers to the Lord.
Though the presiding deity is Lord Shiva, called Dharbaranyeeswarar, yet people throng to this temple to worship Sani Bhagawan.
Presiding deity - Lord Dharbaranyeeswarar – swayambhu
Goddess - Pranambigai
There is a separate enclosure dedicated to Sani.
Holy tree - Dharbha
Holy water - Nala theertham.
There are two interpretations as to why it is called Thirunallar. Since King Nala was redeemed of the curse inflicted by Sani by worshipping the deities here it is called Thirunallar - Nala (king’s name ) and aru is the healing powers.
The town is sandwiched by the rivers Vanchalaru and Arasalaru.
The temple is believed to have been constructed in 7th century.
It is called Adipuri in Krita Yuga, Dharbaranyam in Treta Yuga, Vedapuri in Dwapara Yuga and Naleswaram in Kali Yuga. Thirunallar is one of the Sapta Vitanka Kshetras of Lord Thyagaraja.

May 03, 2010
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i did visit this place because of an elderly friend.i was not aware the Temple or serious about it but gave it try due to saddest seven and half yrs struggle.i was and i am Zapped by the experience.I cant and do not want to explain.its an experience.
By r v rameshkumar on 06/03/2014 at 04:19 PM
world is one of the best god shani only. i love shaneeswara.
By mohan on 05/10/2012 at 04:11 PM
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