Abodes of lord Shiva

115. Arulmigu Pranaambikai sameda Dharbaaranyeeswarar Temple - Thirunallaru

Moolavar   Dharbaaranyeeswarar, Thirunallaatreeswarar
Thayar   Pranaambikai, Bhogamaartha Poonmullayaal
Theertham   Nalla Theertham, Bramha Theertham, Vaani Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Dharba Grass
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Nagapattinam
Nearest Railway Station   Thirunallar



Thirunallaru is 40 Kms from Mayiladudurai towards Nagapattinam. It is situated in Karaikal, which is part of the Puducherry state. A special permit is required for vehicles to visit this area, and a permit can only be used once to enter and exit Karaikal. Once we leave Karaikal, it is impossible to re-enter. Hence it is advisable to cover all the places north of Thirunallaru, such as Poompuhar, Chayaavanam, Tiruvengadu, Tiruvalampuram, Tirukkadavur etc. and enter Karaikkaal region through Poraiyaar and visit Tiruvettakkudi, Tiruthelicheri, Tirudharampuram and finally Thirunallaru, so that you can move to Nagapattinam from here. Nagapattinam is barely 20 Kms from here



According to a legend, King Nala was badly affected with numerous problems due to the adverse effects of Saneeswaran. He took a holy dip at the temple tank Nala Theertham and got relieved of the evil effects. Thyagarajar shrine is found at the southern entrance and in front of it is the emerald `Nakavidangar,' installed by Musukunda Chakravarthi. Tirunallar is one of the 7 Saptavitanka stalams of Tyagaraja connected with the Mucukunda Chola legend. The place was originally called as Darbaranyam or the place in a forest of Kusa grass (Darbam). The importance of Shani at this temple is related to the legend of King Nala. The righteous and handsome king, under the influence of Saturn, lost not only his kingdom, but was separated from his wife and children, lost his health and good looks, and had to wander around like a beggar. Finally, when the 7 years of Shani's influence was almost over, he came to Thirunallar, where he bathed in the tank and prayed to Shaneeshwara and was finally relieved of the troubles that had dogged him. He eventually was reunited with his wife and children, and won his kingdom back. Even today, it is considered auspicious to cover oneself with sesame oil and have a bath in the Nala Teertham before going to have darshan of Shaneeswarar. This is a Parihara Sthalam for Aswini Star. Those born in Aswini Star has to perform Abishekam to Sani Bhagawan here with eight ingredients.



Arulmigu Pranaambikai sameda Dharbaaranyeeswarar Temple
Thirunallaru, Karaikal - 609606
Temple Timings : 5.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm