Karaikal: Work to build an Rs 4.5-crore golden car for Lord Saniswaran Temple at Tirunallar in the district began today, the temple executive officer A Vikranth Raja said.
Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple or Dharbaranyeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Sani (Saturn) located in Tirunallar in Karaikal district ofPuducherry, India. The presiding deity is Lord Siva, Dharbaranyeswar and the place Tirunallar was historically called Dharbaranyam. The temple is revered by the hymns of 7th-century Tamil Saivite poets, Appar, Sundarar and Sambandhar and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
The temple already has two wooden cars. The Temple is located at Kuchanoor near Chinnamanur of Theni District on the bank of the main channel of River Surabhi.
This is the only temple in India which is meant solely for Saniswaran Bhagawan situated at Kuchanoor, 20 Km south of Theni. The temple at Thirunallarin Pondy is having only a separate Sannidhi for Saneeswarar. In Kuchanoor Saniswaran Bhagawan is said to be a Suyambu.
In front of this temple, the perennial river Surabi flows which carried the waters of Periyar river and Suruliyaru. Every year the festival is being celebrated during the Tamil month “Adi” on every Saturday of the week.
Raja said though the administration decided to have the golden car in 2014, work did not begin till now. The car would be 15 feet high and eight feet wide, he said.
It is being constructed using eight kg gold, copper plates and teak wood, said the official. The work, being funded by the devotees, would be completed in four months, he added.
The presiding deity is Dharbaranyeswaraa and is believed to have been made of dharba grass. The worship is also centred around the icon of planet Saturn, called Saniswarar, originally treated as the doorkeeper of the shrine. According to Hinduism, Saturn resides in each rasi (zodiac) for two and half years. The tradition is to worship Saniswarar before entering the inner sanctum of Lord Siva.
Sambandar, the 7th-century nayanar and Tamil Saivite poet have revered the deity with four hymns, in one of which he refers to a contest with Jains, and his victory. Appar and Sundarar, the other Nayanars have glorified the temple with their hymns. Arunagirinathar, a 15th-century poet and staunch devoteet of Lord Muruga have composed hymns on the deity and this temple is attributed to Murugan worship as well.