mention of Tirunallaru flashes across our minds the famous shrine of
Sani Bhagawan, one of the nine planets ruling over the destinies of
mankind. By nature of his office, he is undoubtedly proud and
malefic besides responsible to causing untold misery to mankind. He
is more feared than revered. Every sinner is mortally afraid of his
potent power. This temple for Saturn forms an integral part of Lord
Siva's shrine going by the name of Dharbasayaneswarar Tirukkovil.
The Siva linga is unusually big and worshipped as Nallaruswamy. Many
devotees were lifted by the abundant mercy of this Omnicompassionate
Siva. Nala Chakravarti, a renowned emperor was emancipated
by this presiding deity, when sought abhayam during the period of
his passing endless hardships thrust upon him by Saturn. There is a
tank called Nalathirtham, where he obtained redemption.
formidable Saturn is housed in a niche only in the outer prakara of
the Dharbasayaneswarar Tirukkovil, and like the proverbial camel, he
pushed out the benefactor. How strange ! Regular pujas are
conducted, and the devotees of Saturn out number Lord Siva bhaktas.
Who out grown whom, if analysed dispassionately, only Siva gets
precedence over Saturn; for, it is on account of His giving refuge
alone Saturn's reputation is mounting higher and higher. Both are
adorable and heads must be bent before them with equal veneration;
for, the director and the directed are discharging their functions
for the welfare of humanity. Worship fetches and memory lifts.
lies in the small town of Tirunallaru, and 5 km off Karaikal, the
sea port enjoying all transport facilities.