Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple of Shiva State Highway No. 65, Thirunaraiyur, Nachiar Koil, Kumbakonam-612602

This is the only place where Shri Shani or Sani Bhagavan (Planet Saturn) is present with His wives Shri Mandha Devi and Shri Jyeshta Devi and two sons Maandhi and Kuligan. There is a separate shrine for Navagrahas with the Sun at the centre with his two Consorts, Ushadevi and Prathyushadevi, which is said to be a rarity.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple

This is the only temple where devotees can see Sri Shani or Sri Sani Bhagavan with his full family ie. Wives Maandha Devi and Jyesta Devi with Sons Mandhi and Kuligan.

Also, devotees can see King Dasaratha worshipping Sri Shani Bhagavan.

There are 2 Dwagasthambam (Flag Post) in this temple.

Sthalavruksham is Erukku & and Theertham called as "Rama Theertham".

This temple is as powerful as Rameshwaram Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

According to legend when King Dasaratha ruled the entire world, Shani Bhagavan (Planet Saturn) was to pass through Rohini star after staying in Krithigai, on one occasion. Sage Vasishta and others told Dasaratha that if Shani Bhagavan (Planet Saturn) did so it would spell doom for the world. There would be famine everywhere for 12 years and animals and human beings would be put to much hardship. He requested Dasaratha to prevent it. Dasaratha immediately got into his fast-moving chariot, carrying all Divine weapons and reached the star, Rohini. He saw Shani Bhagavan moving in his golden chariot towards Rohini and sent the Divine weapons including the “Samhara Asthram” towards him.

Shani Bhagavan (Planet Saturn), laughing at the king’s futile attempts, told him that He could destroy anybody by His mere look. The powers that Dasaratha had got through severe penance, austerity and Divine grace prevented Shani Bhagavan from eliminating him. Dasaratha requested Shani Bhagavan not to pass through Rohini and thus spare the world from experiencing famine for 12 years. Shani Bhagavan was immensely pleased with the king’s concern for the welfare of his subjects and granted the two requests. He also told him that if he visited Thirunaraiyur and bathed in the tank there he would appear before him. Dasaratha did accordingly and Shani Bhagavan appeared before him.

Shani Bhagavan born to Chayadevi and Suryan (Sun God), takes 30 years to go round the Sun and hence he is called a slow mover. He takes two and a half years to move from one zodiac sign to another.

As Thirunaraiyur is the place where He appeared before Dasaratha, it is considered to be an important place of Shani Bhagavan worship.

It is said that in no other place, including the more famous Thirunallar temple, is He worshipped along with his two wives, Mandha devi and Jyeshtadevi (also known as Neeladevi) and his two sons, Maandhi and Kuligan. According to the sthalapuranam, Lord Rama and Anjaneya, during their return from Lanka to Ayodhya, visited this place. 


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