Thirunaraiyur Saneeswaran Temple
Thirunaraiyur Saneeswaran Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The main deity Lord Siva is called by Ramanatha Swamy and Goddess is called by Parvatha Vardhini. Sani Bhagawan resides here with His Consorts, Manda Devi, and Neeladevi and His Sons, Manda, and Kuligan. Worshipping Saneeswarar will reduce the malefic effects of Saturn. This temple is known as Mangala Saneeswarar temple which means Sani resides here with His family.
Thirunaraiyur Saneeswaran Temple History
As per the Legends, King Dasrath was ruling the entire world. Once Sani had to pass Rohini star after staying in Krithika for some time. Rishi Vasishta and other Sages told Dasaratha to stop this transfer as it will bring Severe drought for every 12 years. King Dasaratha with his weapons went on his chariot to stop Sani. Dasaratha made several attempts to stop Sani but all his attempts went Vain. He requested Sani Bhagawan not to pass through Rohini Star for the sake of the world. Impressed Sani Bhagawan, granted his two requests and told Dasarath to take a bath at Thirunaraiyur Temple tank so that he would appear before him. As instructed, Dasarath took the holy bath and offered prayers. Saneeswarar appeared before him and blessed him.
From them on Sani takes 30 years to go around Sun. It is said that Rama along with Anjaneya offered prayers at this temple on their way back to Ayodhya.
How to reach Thirunaraiyur Saneeswaran Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 136 km away.
- Kumbakonam railway station is 59 km away. The nearest railway station is at Neyveli which is is 45 km away.
- The direct bus is available from Kumbakonam which is 55 km from the temple.
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Reference Link: Temple History