Thirunallar Saturn Temple

Temple History:

The temple has been in existence from time immemorial. The presiding deity is a self-manifested one . Renovations and expansions have been done during the reigns of different rulers over the centuries. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the presiding deity here based on the Saivaite philosophy that Lord Shiva is pervading everywhere and Lord Saneeswar is worshipped primarily. The temple is so significant that Lord Shiva blessed Lord Saneeswara here after taking bath in the temple tank called Nala Theertham. The story behind this is, the  celestial Gods called Devas wanted to marry the Princess of the Nishadha Kingdom , Damayanthi. But she married another King called Nalan. The furious Devas complained to Saneeswar and he made Nalan’s life miserable for seven and half years.

At last, Nalan arrived at Thirunallar and worshipped Lord Shiva present in the name of Lord Dharbaranyeswarar. He got rid of all his problems and got a promise from Lord Saneeswara that whoever comes to this place and worship him, should not be affected by any difficulties. So is the sacred temple very popular among the devotees across the country.

Greatness of Temple:

This temple is one of the Navagraha Temples where Lord Saneeswar is worshipped. Saneeswar is the symbol of will power and courage. Devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship Lord Sukran. They offer black colored clothes and cereals and pray to the God to protect them from the planetary transitions.

Temple Specialty:

The deity in this temple is so significant that the curses of celestial Gods called Devas and have got relieved after worshipping this Lord Dharbaranyeswarar. As Lord Shiva is pervasive everywhere, he is in the name of Lord  Dharbaranyeswarar blessing His devotees along with His consort Goddess Pranambigai.


Transit day of Lord Saneeswar from one Zodiac sign to the other which happens every two and a half years is celebrated in a pomp manner with lakhs of devotees worshipping Him to protect them from any ill effects. Mahasivaratri, Margazhi Thiruvadhirai and Ippasi Annabhishekham are the major festivals celebrated in this temple besides the regular poojas and rituals. Car festivals are celebrated during every special occasion and the deity is taken in procession around the temple and streets.

How To Reach Thirunallar?

By Road

Thirunallar is at a distance of 33km from Mayiladuthurai and 5km from Karaikal.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Pondicherry. You can prefer to travel by road from either Pondicherry  or Mayiladuthirai

By Air

The nearest airport is at Chennai. From there, you can reach the temple in less than Six hours.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Karaikal, Pondicherry beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Special note (Timings):

Daily ritual of anointing the Presiding deity in the sanctum at 06.00 AM

Special prayers and poojas are offered on Saturdays as Saturday is very auspicious for Lord Saneeswar

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