A shrine for Saturn
The serenity has an aura of spirituality at Thirukollikadu a sleepy
hamlet on the Mannargudi -Thiruthurai poondi road in the agrarian
heartland of Tamilnadu.
is a temple
Sthala vriksha -
waters - Sani
is also called
and got rid of
Saturn a planet
the lore of the
radiated by Sun
God -Surya was
Usha Devi made Chaya Devi marry Surya to mitigate his burning
brilliance. Even she was unable to control Surya. Thus with his consorts
Surya worshipped Agneeswarar as advised by Agni.Bhagwan.
Agneeswarar happy with their prayers asked them to stand in the Sani
Theertham (near the temple) and reduced the heat of Surya. He also
blessed them with progeny.
Usha Devi was blessed with a son -Yama and Chaya Devi with Saturn. -Sani
Agneeswarar ordained Saturn to be the most important planet of the
Navagrahas and declared that Saturn will punish a man according to his
misdeeds so that he will realize his folly.
Thus Saturn took the baton in his hands and chastised celestials and
mortals which created a stir in the universe.
Instead of worshipping Saturn they started fearing his wrath. Saturn
disturbed by the turn of events requested Agneeswarar that he should be
like any other Gods and bless mankind, but now people fear his malefic
effect... But the Lord refused to budge and comply with his request. He
ordered Saturn to follow his orders and punish the wicked. Saturn
however was not satisfied with the Lord's answer and approached Sage
Vasishta for advice.