Thirukollikadu Pongu Saneeswara temple :

God and Godess :

  • Pongu Saneeswara swamy,
  • Agneeswara swamy,
  • Mrudupada Nayaki Amman,
  • Lord Vinayaka ,
  • Lord Murugan.

Location :

Thirukollikadu Pongu Saneeswara temple or Tirukollikadu Agneeswara temple,
Thiruthurai poondi(Taluk),
Tiruvarur district-610205
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Sunday – Friday :
  • Morning 7:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Evening 4:30PM – 7:00PM.
  • Saturday : Open 24 hours.

Temple History :

Agneeswarar temple at Thirukkollikadu or Kallikadu is more commonly known as Pongu Saneeswaran Temple. The Presiding deity of this temple Agneeswarar is also known as Thirukollikadar or Theevanna Nathar. Thee means fire and Vanna mean color in Tamil. True to the name, the Linga here is slightly reddish in color. The Linga here is a Swayambhu (self-manifested) Lingam. His consort is Mirudupaadanayagi or Menthiruvadi Amman or Panjinmelladiaal. All the names of the Goddess here mean – the one with soft feet. The sthala vruksham at this temple is Vanni.

History: Agni was under the grip of Ezharai Sani when he had lost some of his power due to the following reasons. Agni had taken part in the Yaga conducted by Daksha Prajapati (Lord Shiva’s father-in-law), whose primary intention of conducting the Yaga was to insult Mahadeva. Agni had also been afflicted with dosha when the wax palace was burnt with the intent to kill the Pandavas. Agni prayed to Lord Shiva here to get back his power. Lord Shiva obliged him here and is hence known as Agnesswarar.

There is a story behind how this temple is so important for Saneeswaran worship. Saneeswaran is actually a just planet that has effects on the person according to his karmas (deeds). However, people misunderstood and dreaded the very mention of the name. Ezharai Sani or the seven and a half years period when the planet casts its malefic effect on the native of the horoscope is a dreaded period. Similarly asthma Sani is also feared. Saneeswaran did not like this and he appealed to the Lord that he should not be blamed or held responsible for doing his assigned task. Lord Shiva was pleased with Saneeswaran and conferred him the title Saneeswaran here. No other planet has the tag Easwaran attached. He directed Saneeswaran to stay back at this temple as Pongu Sani and bless the devotees.After he was relieved of the Sani dosham at Thirunallar, Nalan came here and sought the blessing of the Lord. He was reunited with his family and got back his royal status after worshipping here. King Harichandra also was a beneficiary of the Divine grace of Pongu Saneeswarar.

Saneeswaran is present here seated on his vehicle – the Crow, as Anugraha Murthy (one showering his blessings) with his lower right hand showing Abhaya Hastham. He holds a Plough in his upper right hand. He is holding a flag with Crow embossed on it, in his left hand. Opposite to Pongu Saneeswarar is Bhairavar, who is Saneeswaran’s guru. There is a shrine for Goddess Lakshmi Devi next to Pongu Saneeswarar. Murugan is present here with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai. He holds a bow in his hands instead of the Vel (spear). The Navagrahas are usually seen as Vakramurthys, i.e they face different directions. The Navagrahas here are uniquely placed. They form a shape here.Worshipping lord in this temple will improve one’s social status. The devotees will earn through legal and righteous means and will also regain any property or wealth that was earlier lost due to deceit.

There are inscriptions in this temple which suggest that this ancient temple which was once built out of bricks, got its present granite structure during the medieval period of Chola reign, about 1500 years ago.

Festivals :

  • Margazhi Tiruvadhirai (Dec – Jan),
  • Mahashivaratri.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archane ,
  • Abhishegam ,
  • Parihara Homam ,
  • Archana & Kattalai Archana ,
  • Sani Preedhi Dhaanam ,
  • Lighting Gingerly Oil deepams.

Nearest Temples Around Thirukollikadu Pongu Saneeswara temple :

  • Tiruthangur Periyanayaki vellimalai nathar temple – Tiruvarur district – 3.00 km
  • Tiruvarur Tyagaraja Swamy temple – Tiruvarur district – 22.00 km
  • Thirunageswaram Oppiliappan Koil – Thanjavur District – 49.00 km
  • Thirunageswaram Raahu Navagrahastalam / Naganatha temple – Thanjavur District – 49.00 km
  • Tiruvarur Seshapureeswarar Temple – Tiruvarur district – 53.00 km
  • Tirupampuram Seshapureeswara temple – Tiruvarur district – 53.00 km
  • Tanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple – Thanjavur District – 59.00 km
  • Govindaputhur Gangajadatheeswarar Temple – Ariyalur district – 77.00 km
  • Omampuliyur Pranavapureeswarar Temple – Cuddalore district – 82.00 km
  • Thirumazhapadi VaidhyanathaSwamy Temple – Ariyalur district – 85.00 km
  • Chidambaram Anandeeswaran Temple – Cuddalore district – 102.00 km
  • Srimushnam Sri Bhoovaraha Swamy Temple – Cuddalore district – 106.00 km
  • Teppakulam Uchi pillayar Kovil – Tiruchi / Tiruchirapalli district – 113.00 km
  • Tiruchirapalli Jambukeswara Akhilandeswari temple – Tiruchi / Tiruchirapalli district – 114.00 km
  • Avudaiyarkoil Atmanatha swamy temple – Pudukottai district – 114.00 km
  • Narthamalai MuthuMari Amman temple – Pudukottai district – 126.00 km
  • Peraiyur Naganatha swamy temple – Pudukottai district – 128.00 km
  • Thirumayam SatyaMurthy perumal temple – Pudukottai district – 135.00 km
  • Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswara temple – Tiruchi / Tiruchirapalli district – 138.00 km
  • Manapparai Nallandavar temple – Tiruchi / Tiruchirapalli district – 151.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Thiruthuraipoondi – 18.00 km
  • Mannargudi – 20.00 km
  • Tiruvarur – 22.00 km
  • Nagapattinam – 42.00 km
  • Karaikal – 63.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tirunelikkaval – 5.00 km
  • Alathambadi – 8.00 km
  • Tiruvarur – 20.00 km
  • Nagapattinam – 43.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 116.00 km
  • Madurai Airport,Madurai – 254.00 km
  • Chennai International Airport,Chennai – 314.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 318.00 km
  • Tirupati Airport,Renigunta – 429.00 km

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