Thirunallar is the place of Sani Bhagawan and is located 3 kms away from Karaikal that is a part of Pondicherry. It is believed that King Nala escaped from the bad effects of Sanigraha by praying to Lord Shiva at this place.
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Thirunallar is famous for the Maragathalingam idol made from precious green stone and special poojas are performed twice everyday.It is necessary to wash the back of the feet in the pond in front of the temple before entering the Thirunallar temple and by doing so it is believed that all the sins of a devotee is washed away.
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Sani Peyairchi festival is celebrated for 18 days in a grand manner during the Tamil month Vaigasi.
Pondicherry is famous for its various religious sites catering to every major religion of India. When any tourist goes for sightseeing in Pondicherry then, the temple that becomes must visit tourist attraction is the Thirunallar Temple in Pondicherry which lies 5 kilometer west of Karaikal and you have take the buses of the route Karaikal-Mayiladuthuraj and Kumbakonam, This famous Siva temple is a very ancient one and its origin can be traced to 7th century A.D. Though Siva is the main deity here, the temple is also famous for Saturn, Sri Pranambigai, Sri Thiagarajar and Sri Vinayagar.
The Saturn or the Saneeswarar temple of Thirunallar is famous not only in India but also outside the country. The striking feature of this Saturn Temple is that it is the only one where you will find Sani to have Abhayahastham. Legend goes that King Nala of Purana was released of the affliction of Saneeswaran after he worshipped Him here. Therefore, it is believed that anyone who visits this temple gets the blessings of Saneeswarar and is relieved of all the curses.
The main deity of the Thirunallar Temple in Pondicherry is known as
Dharbarenyeswarar because the idol was found here among the forest of Dharba grass. He is the Swayambhu Lingam and is also known by the names 'Adhimoorthy' or 'Nallarar'. The temple has been glorified by the coming of many Saivite saints like Thirugnanasambhandar, Arunagirinadhar Sundaramurthy Swamigal and Thirunavukkarasar who have always sung about the glory of Siva.
At the Thirunallar Temple in Pondicherry pujas are performed 6 times a day. Though you will find that Ashtothra Archana, Abhishegam, Sahasranama Archana and Navagraha Shanthi are performed daily, Homams are not done on Saturdays.
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The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.
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