Situated in the heart of Port Blair, Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. Built in 1926 by the British at Ross Island, the temple was shifted to port blair in 1966 after india got independence. During the first years, Ponnuranga Mudaliar, a famous and prominent businessman was the guardian of the temple. Other than the main shrine, the temple houses the shrines for Lord Ganpathi, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Location Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, Port Blair


According to the legends, the foundation stone for the temple was laid in 1932 by a group of Tamil people with the help of British empire at Ross Island. The temple was completed in 1926. After independence, the temple was shifted to Port Blair and later the idol of Lord Ganesha from Ross island was placed in the Murugan temple.


The temple was built according to the Dravidian style of architecture. The gopuram of the temple is filled with intricate paintings. The architecture and design of the temple is very similar to the Kanda Kottam temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


The culture of Port Blair is a beautiful blend of religions, languages and communities as there are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, etc. who live together in harmony. There are a variety of festivals and fairs that are celebrated throughout the city. Some of the major festivals include Diwali, Shiv Rathri, Pongal, Janmashtami, Good Friday, Holi, Christmas and more. The Andaman and Nicobar Administration organizes the annual 15-day Island Tourism Festival that happens between December and January. This festival includes dance and drama performances, water sports and a dog show. Because the islands are visited by people from all over the world, there are a variety of cuisines served at the restaurants in Port Blair.

Darsan Info

From 05:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Darsan Dresscode

No restriction on dress code. Avoid western outfit while visiting the temple in festival days.

Famous Festival

Panguni Uthram, Kanda Sashti and Thai Poosam

Temple Rituals

Morning pooja starts from 05:00 AM onwards

Additional Info

Annapurna Cafeteria Pure Veg restaurant, Zafran Restaurant


Supermarket : Available