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Dharbaranyeswarar Temple, Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple

Puducherry , Karaikal

In the port city of Karaikal, stands the temple of Dharbaranyeswarar where the divinity of Lord Shiva showers his grace on his devotees. Along with Lord Shiva, the temple also has the shrine for Lord Saniswaran, the God of justice who punishes and rewards the people according to their deeds. The Lingam is said to have manifested itself to bless Lord Brahma who was worshipping here. The temple is believed to have been constructed somewhere around the 7th century. Sambandar, the 7th century Tamil Saivite poet has revered the deity in his four hymns. Arunagirinathar, a 15th-century poet and a Lord Muruga devotee has also composed hymns on the deity.


Legend describes that the Lingam manifested to grace Lord Brahma who was worshipping here. Mythology regarding Saniswaran describes that King Nala, under the adverse influence of Sani, lost his kingdom, was separated from his family and had health issues. A wise sage advised him to pray to Dharbaranyeswarar at Thirunallar and take a dip in the holy tank here. With the grace of Lord Shiva, the King was relieved of the effects of Sani. After this, ...View more


The road with small shops on either side leads to the temple of Dharbaranyeswarar. The Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple  in Dravidian style of architecture has a 7 tiered rajagopuram with another 5-tiered and 3 tiered gopurams. These gopurams are adorned with beautiful carvings and sculptures. The temple is guarded by Dwarakapalakas. There are long corridors and mandapams around where there are numerous shrines for Gods and Goddesses. The main d...View more

Darsan Info

Timings :

Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple timings: 6 AM to 1 PM and 4PM to 8 PM.
Saturday is considered auspicious to visit the temple

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu


Karaikal is a port city situated in Puducherry. The place was under French possession and still retains the French flavour. Karaikal is a harmonious town with people of all religions residing peacefully.

Location and Contact

Dharbaranyeswarar Temple, Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple Kumbokonam Karaikal Road, Thirunallar, Puducherry

+91 4368236530

Tirunallur is well connected to other parts of the state by road and rail. There are regular buses from Kumbakonam, Nagappatinam, Mayiladuthurai and Chennai, Thanjavur and Puducherry.

Additional Info

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    Subasree cottage (04368 237780)
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Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular pujas to the deities at Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple . There are special pujas and abhishekams on Saturdays.

Regular Offerings

Blue kuvalai flowers, rice mixed with sesame seeds, oil lamps

Special Rituals

The tradition is to worship Saniswarar before entering the inner sanctum of Lord Siva. Devotees take a dip in the holy lake, Nala theertha before praying to Saniswar.

Famous Festival

January - Pongal
May - Brahmotsavam 
November - Karthikai, Deepavali

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