03 November 2009
Saptha Vidanga Sthalams / Temples - Thirunallar [Thanjavur]
Situated about 5 Km from Karaikal, Thirunallar is one of the most frequented Navagraha Sthalams. This is a well-known temple, dedicated to "Darbharanyeswarar".
The Processional Deity in this temple is "Somaskandar" and is also known as "Nagara Vidangar". His dance is "Unmatha Natanam".
The Vidangar at Thirunallar is the largest one among the seven, and is about a foot high including the avudayar. The abhishekam is performed everyday to this lingam at 6:30AM and 5:30 PM. This temple being more popular, the abhishekam is a crowded affair. If you want to have a good look at the lingam, it is best you reach the sannadhi well in advance to watch the proceedings[abishekam] clearly.
A rare Maragatha Lingam is kept in a box. Here, Lord Vinayaka is known as "Swarha Ganapathi". The Sthala Vriksham is Dharba[grass]. Nala Theetham, Brahma Theertham and Saraswathi Theertham are considered very sacred. Being a popular Navagraha Sthalam, dedicated to Lord Saniswarar, Thirunallar is visited by thousands of devotees, throughout the year.