SANI - THIRUNALLAR
Sani Peyarchi 21-December-2011
The Lord Sani (Saturn) transits from Kanni Rasi (Virgo) to Thulam Rasi (Libra) on Wednesday 21th December, 2011 and is going to remain there for the next two and half years.
Place : Thirunallar
Distance : 65 Kms From Kumbakoam / 3 KMs from Karikkal /
Deity : Dharubaraneswara with Pranamabikai
Holy Tree : Dharppa Grass
Holy Water : Nala Puzhkarani
The Nature of Saniswarar is Tamastic, that is tending towards inertia. Saniswarar is dressed in black. He is narrow chested and a leg is lame. He had a massive lance in one hand and the other hand holds a posture of refuge. He is seated on Lotus seat. He is also to be found seated upon a low shaped seat. He rides a crow, Saniswara has a Karunkuvalai flower upon him. He is amenable to the yell and vanni (two crops). He stands at the west. Saniswara is famous for the tale of his maleficient oppression of Nala. Thereis a saying in Tamil 'No one gives like Sani or takes like him' His wife is JyestaDevi. His son is Kuligan; His other name Kari,
Madavan, Manthan and Goonan.
The propitiation of Saniswara Dasa:
The influence of sani is 19 years. He is the Lord the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius. Saniswarar determines the longevity of the individual. Those afraid of death should worship Hauman and Lord Vishnu. They should wear a blue stone and a dark dress, donate yel, light with gingelly oil, and worship at Thirunallur. Poverty, diseases, conflict, starvation and dishonour are caused by a baleful Saniswarar. Hence it is always advisable to propitiate Saniswarar before the event of such mishap. The shrine of Saniswarar - Thirunallarur.
The shrine of Saniswara is called Thirunallar and Dharuparayanam (Karaikal).
The Name of the Temple: The shrine of Saniswara is called Thirunallar and
Reigning Deity: Dharuparanyeswarar, Thirunallareeswarar with
Pranamabikai, Bhogamartha Poon mulaiyal.
Holy Waters: Nala Theerthum.
Holy Trees: Dharuppa Grass
Devotees who have prayed here :
Lord Vishnu,Lord Brahma, Indiran keepers of the eight
directions, Agasthiar, Pulasthiyar, Arjunan, Nalan.
Saints who have sung hymns: Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar have sung hymns
Thirunallaru is a small village with beautiful streets. A turn of the road takes one to Nala theertham. In a small structure at the middle of the pond are the figurines of king Nala with wife and children. The Navagrahas are constructed here as nine separate wells. The temple of Thirunallar is at the centre where four wide streets converge. The temple tower has five tiers. The mandapam is very wide and vast. In the inner wall of the temple. The history of king Nala is painted in colour. The VasanthaMandapam is reached on entering the temple. There are lamps all along the way, which are lighted on festivities. The shrine of Saniswarar is to the north of the tower at the entrance. Here emblems of Capricorn and Aquarius are inscribed. The mount of crow is of golden hue. Inside, the temple are statues of Sundarar and the sixty three saints of Savism. The Linga which kind Nala worshipped called Nalesar Lingam also is to be seen. Golden Ganapathy is unique to this temple. The Sivalina is not made by man but originated by itself. There are also shirnes for Lord Murugan, Adhiseshan, nalanarayanar, Mahalakshmi and Bhariavar. In the Linga at the main sanctum there are the scars which signify that the Linge grew up in the forest of Tharupa. There is also a hall inside the sanctum where the dancing Thygesar, Margatha lingam and otehr deities are worshipped. Ther propitiation of different doshasa is inscribed on the wall of the temple. The sanctum of divine mother Bhogamartha Poonmulayal is to the side of lord Siva's sanctum. It is in this shrine that Thirugnanasambandar put he palm-leaf manuscript inscribed with the hymn 'Bhogamartha ponmulayal' into fire and defeated the Jains and reestablished Saivism.
THIRUNARAIYUR NEAR NACHIYAR KOIL KUMBAKONAM ( MANGALA SANI )
Place : Thirunaraiyur (Nachiyar Koil)
Distance : 10 Kms From Kumbakoam – Thiruvarur Bus Route
Deity : Ramanathaswami Temple with Parvathavardhini
Holy Tree : Erukku
Holy Water : Rama Theertham