Situated in Tamil Nadu, Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is one of the Arupadaiveedu (six major abodes) or Six sacred temples of Kaumaram religion. The historical name of Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is Jayanthipuram. Situated near the sea shore, it is one of the largest temple complexes (by area) of India. The temple is built by three holy saints.
Once Devas were subjected to torture and miseries by three Asura brothers, Surapadman, Singamukha and Taraka. The Devas invoked Lord Shiva and Shiva, agreeing to help them, sent out six fire sparks from His third eye. The Fire God Agni received the sparks and sent them first to the Ganges and then to the Himalayan lake Saravana Poigai. There the sparks assumed the form of six divine babies on lotus flowers. They were nourished by Krithika nymphs....View more
Then Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati arrived at Saravana Poigai, and the moment the Devi clasped the babies, they transformed into one divine form with six heads and 12 hands and came to be known as Shanmukha or Aarumukha. He later became the redeemer of gods, by killing the Asuras. After killing the Asuras, Lord Muruga desired to worship his father Lord Siva. Mayan, the divine architect constructed this shrine at Tiruchendur for Lord Muruga to worship Lord Shiva. Hence, in this temple Lord Muruga is seen in the posture of worshiping Lord Siva in the Sanctum sanctorum. This temple is part of famous Arupadai Veedu Yatra.
Having stood for over 2 millenniums, the temple is a splendid example of ancient tamil architecture. The main entrance of this temple opens into the first temple prahara, also known as Sivili Mandapam. The Sivili Mandapam produces a fine effect of symmetry and grandeur. The Vasanta Mandapam is a recent addition that stands on 120 columns. This is the only Hindu temple which has no Eastern gateway. Raja gopura is situated at the western gateway. T...View more
e fact that the temple survived the Tsunami, while the nearby structures were damaged, has added mystery and even splendour to the architectural style of the temple. Picture courtesy : wikipedia
Thiruchendur could easily be specified as the heart of Tamil culture. Festivals are celebrated as per the tamil calendar. Many sacred locations are in and around Thiruchendur and major events revolve around religious significance. Annual car festivals and community fairs are celebrated with huge following. The region also has its own speciality in cuisines. A special coffee preparation of this region should not be missed. The temple's sacred sanctorum is below ground level and yet, it was unaffected during the 2004 tsunami, such events have only strengthened the local population's faith in their deities.
Language Spoken:Tamil and English
Auto rickshaws without meter and cycle rickshaws are available for local transportation. For intra-state travel, Buses are the best option.
Prasadam, Abhishekam, chandan, palkudam, and special rituals on fulfilment of wishes.
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