Kumbha Mela of Pondicherry

Kumbha Mela of Pondicherry Legend says that the King Nala of Nishadha Dynasty, who was under the curse of Saturn, took bath in a sacred pond in Tanjore near Karaikal to nullify the curse. The sacred place is thus referred as ’nala theertha’. The king also got a boon which protects all those who listen to Nala’s story and offer prayers at Tirunallar from the influence of Saturn. Legend has it that Saturn is the son of the Sun God. Samja, the wife of the Sun could not bear the intense heat of her husband. She created a duplicate of her form called Chaya, left her in the house and went away to her parents. The Sun not aware of this plot lived with Chaya, thinking her to be his wife. She begot a son, Saturn, to the Sun God. http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2007080250690200.htm&date=2007/08/02/&prd=th&