Dharbaranyeswaraswamy Temple Thirunallar
Dharbaranyeswaraswamy Temple Thirunallar Planet ( Shani,Satrun), - Darbaranyeswarar Temple is one of the Navagraha Temples Located in Thirunallur near Kumbakonam,Tamil Nadu. Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Dharbaranyeswarar Temple is one of the navagraha temples dedicated to Lord Shani (Saturn) in Karaikal district of Pondicherry, India. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva, Dharbaranyeswar and the place Thirunallar was historically called Dharbaranyam. Tirunallar is best accessed, driving from Mayiladuturai or from Nagapattinam. The Tirunallar temple is a one of a kind temple with a shrine of this grandeur exclusively dedicated to Saturn. The architectural features date back to the Chola period and inscriptions dating back to the twelfth century AD are found in the temple.
Originally the place was a forest with a flourishing growth of Dharba grass or Kusa grass. The impression of the grass on the body of the Lingam still stands as a testimonial fact to the truth. Dharba is a type of grass and aranyam means forest and hence the name Dharbaranyeswarar for the Lord derived from Dharba.
This is the only temple where Lord Shaneeshwara lost all his power to Lord Shiva (Dharbaranyeshwarar) which saved his devotee Nalan from Saturn’s curses. It is believed that by bathing in Nalan theertham here, one wash off all kinds of misfortunes and afflictions caused by one’s past karmas.
Tirunallar is one of the 7 Saptavitanka stalams of Tyagaraja connected with the Mucukunda Chola legend and Tiruvarur - housing Nagavitankar (Unmatta Natanam). The seven Vitankastalams are Tiruvarur, Tirukkuvalai, Tirukkaaraivaasal, Tirumaraikkaadu, Tiru Naagai, Tirunallaaru and Tiruvaimur.
The image of Tyagarajar at Tiruvarur is the foremost of the 7 from which Indra is believed to have asked Muchukunda Cholan to pick the original image of Somaskandar worshipped by Mahavishnu. . Muchukunda Cholan is believed to have picked the right one (the image at Tiruvarur) , and Indra is believed to have rewarded him with all of the 7 images, which the latter installed at 7 different places within his territory, and it is these 7 temples which constitute the 7 Vitankastalams.
Tirunallar is also ssociated with Sambandar's Pachaippatikam which remained 'green' even in the midst of his 'Anal Vaatam' at Madurai. .King Nala of the puranas is said to have been relieved of his afflictions upon worshipping here.