Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM ,
Saturday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM ,
Sunday: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 9.00 PM
Saneeswara Temple is an ancient temple situated at Thirunallar at a distance of around 5 km from Karaikal. Dedicated to Lord Dharbaranyeswara, one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva, the temple is the only shrine located in Thirunallar. The holy place is frequented by number of tourists and pilgrims especially during Shani Amavasyas and Sani Peyarchi festival, which is celebrated once in two and a half years.
The site is popular among devotees as it is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped at the site for obtaining salvation. Lord Dharbaranyeswara appeared to him in the bushes of Kusa grass and later the temple has been constructed on the same site. The image of Lord Saneeswara in a standing pose is enshrined on the left side of Lord Dharbaranyeswara in the inner sanctum of the temple.
The main entrance of the temple is adorned with the images of four Saiva saints namely, Appar, Sundarar, Thirugnanasambandar and Manickavasagar. Besides, the beautiful stone carved images of sixty three Nayanmars are represented at the Southern pragara of the temple. Tourists visiting the temple can also see the images of Sorna Vinayaga and Subramaniar on the western side of the temple.
Besides, the temple also houses a holy tank, known as Nala Theertha which is believed to have miraculous powers. It is believed that pilgrims suffering from Shani dasha should take bath in the tank to get rid of problems and ill effects caused by the Graham.