Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthy in the temple. Traditionally, Navagrahas in Shiva temples do not look at each other but different directions. It is noteworthy that they are in the form of letter "PA" in Tamil thus facing one another. Lord Muruga graces here with a bow as Danus Subramania. Sani Bhagwan in the temple is holding a plough as if respecting dignity of labour.
Sri Agneeswarar Temple, Tirukollikadu Post – 610 205,
Tiruthuraipoondi Taluk, Tiruvarur district.
Phone: +91- 4369 - 237 454, +91- 4366 - 325 801
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
IEvery one is afraid of the adverse aspects of Saturn or Sani and fail to praise the benefits they derive from him. Grieved by the attitude, Saturn came to this Agni Vanam as advised by Sage Vasishta and performed severe penance. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Sani Bhagwan in the form of Agni the Fire and made him Pongu Sani or Prosperous Sani. He also granted the boon to all that those worshipping Him and Sani together will be happy. As blessed by the Lord, Sani Bhagwan has his shrine in the temple in the Kubera corner (north) granting all wealth to devotees. History has it that, Emperor Nala lost all his wealth and kingdom during the bad period of Sani. After the period was over, he came to this place and worshipped Pongu Sani and got back all that he lost earlier.
Lord Shiva is praised as Agneeswarar or Agni Bhagwan and he worshipped Lord in this temple for relief from a curse. It is noteworthy that Sani Bhagwan shrine is close to the shrine of Mother Mahalakshmi. The temple has three sacred trees Vanni, Oomathai and Kondrai representing wealth, removal of mental agony and unity in family respectively. Legend has it that as Lord directly destroys the sins of His devotees, the Navagrahas have less work, and they are in a face to face position in this temple. Devotees pray to Sani Bhagawan all the days including the usual Saturdays. They perform archana with Vanni leaves for favourable results. It is noteworthy that the temple is facing west which belongs to Saturn in the zodiac circle. Devotees throng the temple for relief from Saturn's adverse effects.