Thiruchendhur Subramanya Swamy Temple
This temple is situated in deep south of India. The main Lord of this temple is Lord Muruga.
Itis one among the six Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. The others being Palani, Swamymalai, Thiruparangundram, Thiruthani, and Palamuthircholai.
History of the temple
There was one asura called Soorapadman who had got a boon that he could be killed only by the son to be born for Lord Shiva only.
So he became too vain and started troubling all the devas. He also arrested Indra and the other Devas and kept them as prisoners in his place.
Stressed the Devas approached Lord Shiva and prayed to him for a son. Hearing this Lord Shiva became angry and opened his third eye and fire that came out from his eye fell into six lotuses and became six babies. This six babies were bought up by the six Karthiga girls. When the six children became a youth goddess Parvati called them and embraced all six of them immideatly they became a single lad.
When he became a lad Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati told him about the reason for his birth. Knowing that Lord Muruga first met the Devas in the prison and reassured them. Then he started for war. It was at this time he got the weapon Vel which Lord Muruga always holds in his hand from his mother goddess Parvati.
Lord Muruga got a tremendous victory in the war and he killed Soorapadman and converted his body into a cock and a flag.
Then Lord Muruga came to this place Thiruchendhur to take rest after his tiresome fight. Thus a temple was erected for the Lord and it was one among the Arupadai Veedu
Architecture of the temple
One can see the beauty of this temple right from the car park area. From the car park area one can have a clear view of the main gopura of this temple. The gopura is white in colour with the Vel in the center. Then we have to walk down a corridor. As we walk further we will get the view of the sea. Here the sea looks really calm, clean and blue.
Thereare many seats placed on the shore for people to sit and watch the sea. Also many people take bath in this sea and the sea is quiet shallow for many distance in the shore. It’s a custom that people have to at least wet their feet in the sea before entering the temple.
The temple entrance has a smaller gopura. On entry to your right is the Thulabaram and the e bank services. On the left is the ticket counter which issues tickets for dharshan. The ticket starts from Rs 20 to Rs 250.
Then we have the entrance for the main praharam. From this entrance itself we can have a glimpse of the Lord. On going in the queue first is the pillayar sannadhi and then the main garpagraha of Lord Muruga.
Here Muruga is alone without his wives because he came to this place before marriage.
There is also small shrines for jeyanthi nadhan with his cosorts and another shrine for Lord Muruga along with his wives.
Once you come out you can see the exit gate of the main praharam. Here there are two flagpost.
On going to the right is the temple for kalyanavinayagar. Also there are separate shrine for Saneeswar and Bairavar.
This temple also has a temple elephant and plenty of peacocks. You can actually peacocks dancing here. There are also many shops which sell the prasad panchamirtham which is the most important prasad of Lord Muruga. Other shops selling toys, vessels, cassettes and Lord idols can be seen.
Importance of visiting this temple
Since Lord Muruga settled here after releasing the gods from the prison of Soorapadman and relieving them of their troubles and worries it is believed that people who pray to him from their hearts will be relieved of their troubles and worries. Also in the villages around this temple if any one gets married it’s a custom to visit this temple. Also people give their hair as offering here. Newborn babies first hair is also shaved off here especially by the people in the villages around the temple.
Timings of the temple
The temple is open throughout the day from 8:00AM to 9:00 PM