Thirunallar Temple

India is a religious country. In this country we, the people worship different Gods; major and minor. We have different kind of people, who speak in different tongues. 22 official languages to be accurate. Quite a lot, yes. Likewise India has a lot of different religions. Among them the Hindus, in the Southern Indian states have a whooping total of 108,00 temples. (Including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Travancore and Cochin Devaswom Board) India is a God fearing country and religious too. Among all these temples, in Karaikal, India which is situated in the Union States of Pondicherry lies Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Thirunallar Temple. Karaikal shares its neighborhood with Tamil Nadu.


Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Thirunallar Temple is the only temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shani (Planet Saturn) in entire India. Although within the Thirunallar Temple there is another shrine which is dedicated to Lord Darbharanyeswaran, which is  another avataar of Lord Shiva. After every two and half year the planet Saturn moves from its place, from one zodiac house to another. During that time millions of pilgrims come and visit this hallowed temple to wash away their sins and misfortunes in the holy lake that surrounds the temple premises.

Local Legends and Folklore

According to local folklore, King Nala was believed to be troubled by the deadly Shani (Planet Saturn, which is also an infamous planet which affects an individual’s luck and health, according to the Hindu natal charts) till the time the King decided to pay his homage in the temple and take a holy dip in the temple lake. The trend is still followed till today where pilgrims take the holy dip to wash off their misfortunes and sins, in order to straighten out their karma.

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