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.
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What travellers are saying about Saneeswara Temple
This temple is one of the nine temples, in the navagraha temples located in and around Karaikal. This is dedicated to Shani Bhagawan. This temple closes from 12 to 4 in the afternoon, so see that you arrive before that. I went there for the first time. I expected a tall statue of Shani Bhagawan, but to my disappointment, it was a very small idol, carved on the side wall of the temple. But as they say, God is God, in any form or size. As I said the temple closes at 12 noon, I was just lucky to reach the temple 5 minutes before closure. The darshan was available but not to my satisfactory. May be if I had reached a little earlier, I could have felt the power of Shani Bhagawan. Nevertheless getting to see him in the last minute was also a blessing from him. There are other deities also in the temple but since I was late and were pushed out to close the temple, we missed the other deities.
Devotees needs lot of self responsibility to keep the divine place make clean, tidy and hygiene. Local body has to improve a lot of basic amenities, infrastructure and tourist guidelines. Temple must be maintained properly to protect the sanctum sanity of the holy place. Pilgrims may be guided properly.
The Lord Saneeswara Temple is very famous out of 9 navagrahas and every one must visit this temple. The facilities provided at temple are very nice and very comfortable to public. Thanks for providing that much facilities to public.
A very holy and a Divine place I visit here once every year or two with my family.The temple is being renovated and well maintained now. There are three main deities mainly worshiped here with Lord Dharbhareeshwarar.
Saneeswara Temple at Thirunallar is 5 Km from Karaiakal. We must go early morning say 7 am. Take bath at Nalan Temple to get rid of sani dosham. Black colour is sanee's colour, so wear black colour dress during bath and discard the dress there itself. Pray vinayak at shore and then visit main temple. To pray by going near take tickets. I took Abishaek ticket Rs. 250 for 2 persons. First pray Amman, then Swami sannathi and last pray to Sani. If take abisheak, they will perform at 9.30 am and we have to wait till that time. After praying Sani, come out and not go to swami sannathi again.