Arulmigu Suyambu Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple, Kuchanur is located in the city of Theni, Tamil Nadu. The Sani Bagwan here is called “swayambu” meaning emerged on its own. There is an Uthsava murthy near to the main idol. Kuchanur Suyambu Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple is one of the few Lord Sani Temples in India. This temple is exclusively built for Saneeswarar. You may find sani bagwan or navagrahas only in Shiva temples along with other deities. Legend has it that King Dinakaran who once ruled Kalinganadu with Maninagaram as capital incurred Sani Bhagwan’s wrath for seven and half years. Dinakaran’s son Chandiravadanan on coming to know of it through an astrologer went to a dense forest and sat on a penance in the midst of Senbagam, Sandalwood and Kongu trees near the bank of Surabi river to invoke the blessings of Lord Saneeswara to set his father free from the curse.Moved by his prayers, Lord Saniswara appeared before him at a place called Senbaganallur and granted his prayers. The place later came to be called Kuchanur. Kuchanur is one of the town Panchayat, is surrounded by channels and forests. Here the Shiva temple is a little away from Saneeswarar temple. The Lord is seen in swayambhu (self-appeared) form, the name of the town being derived from Kubjan, one of Shani’s names (Kubjanoor). In front of this temple the perennial river Surabi flows which carried the waters of Periyar River and Suruliyaru. Every year the festival is being celebrated during the Tamil month “Adi” on every Saturday of the week. There is a separate temple for guru which faces north direction so this temple is known as vadaguru temple. There is a hanuman temple in which there is a ganesh who has got five heads.There is water in the Surubi River throughout the year.
The Chief deity Seneeswaran in the man God and its Genesis was on it own and not created (Suyambu). In all temples Saneeswaran in either of Navagrahah or he remain in separate sannithi. Though there is a shrine for Saturn in almost all temples, Kuchanur temple is exclusively for Sani Baghwan next to Thirunallar. Moreover, He exists of himself.
It is said that this is the place where Sani Baghwan himself got relieved of the Brahmmahathi dosha – a sin that affects a person for committing some serious crime.The temple ambience is so excellent that it is on the bank of a flowing river called Surabhi surrounded by green paddy fields and coconut trees. It is a pleasure to take bath in this small river where the water is upto the shoulder level and we can easily take dips. It is a belief that anyone who takes bath in this river is supposed to get liberated from the sins of previous birth.Many people having Sani Dosha come here for getting the blessings of Sani Bagwan.
A Shivalinga was growing upwards here and the growth was controlled by applying turmeric on the Linga. A very sacred place for relief from the adverse effects of Saturn. A large number of devotees visit Kuchanur to worship Sani Baghwan from Northern states too.
Morning 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Usha kaalam 08:30 A.M
- Kaalasandhim 11:00 A.M
- Uchi kaalam 08:00 P.M
- Saayaratchai 08:30 P.M
- Irandaam kaalam 08:00 P.M
- Artha jaamam 08:30 P.M
Adi festival (July-August) celebrated for five weeks. Also the Sani (Saturn) transit day is observed very devotionally occurring in every two and half years.
Special Poojas are performed on Amavasai, Thiru Karthigai Deepam, Thiruvathirai, Navarathiri, and Viajayadhasami.
Regular bus services are available from Salem Bus Station, Mettur Bus Station, and Dharmapuri Bus Station. Kuchanur is 30 kms from Theni, and 100 from Madurai.
Nearest railway station is Salem Railway Station, and Madurai Railway Station to reach Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple.
Nearest Airport is located at Madurai International Airport, 106km distance between the Arulmigu Suyambu Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple, Kuchanur.
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