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Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur

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Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple or Tiruchendur Senthilandavan Koil is one of the most famous Lord Muruga Temples in Tamil Nadu, situated at Thiruchendur, 55 km south east of Tirunelveli, in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) district, Tamilnadu. Also known as Sri Senthil Andavar Temple and Thiruchendur is said to be second among his six abodes (Arupadaiveedu). The other five Muruga temples in the Aarupadai Veedu are Palani Temple, Swamimalai Temple, Thiruthani Murugan Temple, Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple, and Thiruparamkunram Temple. Lord Subramanya deity is worshipped at Thiruchendur temple as Senthilandavan, Senthilkumaran. Situated near the sea, Thiruchendur Muruga Temple, sometimes referred as Tiruchendur Seashore Temple, is splashed by the waves from the Gulf of Mannar at its eastern perimeter wall.

Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur
Temple Structure:
Built about 300 years ago by Thesigamoorthy Swamigal of Thiruvaduthurai Adeenam, this Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam is located near Vira Magendragiri Hills. Usually, the Raja Gopuram is seen in the eastern side of the temples in Tamilnadu. But in Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple, Tiruchendur, it is seen in the western side. Western tower called as Mela Gopuram is 130 ft high and has nine storeys with nine Kalasams at the top of the Gopuram, representing the 9 tiers. The main entrance to the temple is facing south. The Shanmugha Vilasa Mandapam is in the front of the main temple.

Siddhi Vinayaga Peruman, 108 Mahadevars & Lord Ranganathar:

Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur
A small temple for Lord Vinayaga called Tundugai Vinayagar Temple is located near the Murugan temple. It is the usual practice of the devotees to first worship this Vinayagar and then Lord Murugan. There are three prakarams (corridors which surround the sanctum sanctorum) in the temple. Siddhi Vinayaga Peruman Temple is found in the first prakaram. Moving towards west one can see 108 SivaLingas which are called 108 Mahadevars. There is also a shrine dedicated to the author of Tiruppugazh, Arunagirinathar. On turning to north, a tall sized Vallapa Vinayagar facing west is seen. Going to the north end, on the east is the Perumal Sannidhi. There is also a Santhanasala rock where devotees can worship Lord Ranganathar in a lying posture and Goddess Gajalakshmi (one of the 8 forms of Goddess Lakshmi) by his side. The copper Kodi Maram (Holy Flag mast) and Kalyana Vinayagar shrine are found at the southern side.

Second Prakaram:

Vira Marthandar and Virakesari idols are seen at the entrance of second prakaram on both sides. The Kumaravidanga Peruman deity faces east at the entrance. Moving towards the west is the Lord Dakshina Murti temple and southwest corner is the sannidhi of Goddess Valliammai. The divine bedroom called Palli arai is found in that sannidhi. The Yaga Salai Mandapam is next to it where Yaga Pujas are done during the Skanda Shasti Festival. Lord Balasubramanian, a replica of Lord Murugan of the sanctum sanctorum, is seen facing the Yaga Salai.

Goddess Deivanai Sannidhi:

In the northwest corner there is a sannidhi for Goddess Deivanai. Other shrines found in this prakaram are Lord Sankara Narayanar, Lord Kasi Viswanathar, Vadhapuriswarar, Vedhapuriswarar, Ekambara Nathar, Mayuranathar who is facing north and Lord Chandeswarar facing south. There are also sannidhis for Lord Nataraja and Lord Baihravar. Lord Saneeswara is found facing south. Golden Kodi Maram is seen on the south.

Maha Mandabam:

On coming to the inner chamber (Maha Mandabam), the statues of Parvathi Devi and Kariya Manickavinayagar are found facing east. Lord Virabahu and Vira Mahendrar are found at the entrance of sanctum sanctorum on both sides. It is said that after defeating the demon, Soorapadma, Lord Murugan worshipped the Pancha Lingas (Five Sivalingas) with flowers at this spot and looked at the Devas.

Lord Muruga is seen in this divine posture in the sanctum sanctorum. He is carved in black granite. The Pancha Lingas that Lord Muruga worshipped are seen behind him. On moving towards east is Lord Jayanti Nathar and the Shanmugar is seen facing south.

Thiruchendur Muruga Temple History:

Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur
Soorapadma, a powerful demon, was harassing Devas and mankind. The helpless Devas pleased Lord Shiva to relieve them from the demon. As a result, Lord Shiva produced six powerful sparks of fire from His third eye called Netrikkan. This was carried by Lord Vayu (God of Air) and Lord Agni (God of Fire) to river Ganges who in turn took to Saravana Poygai, a holy pond. These sparks became six divine small male babies who were nursed by six Karthigai pengal. Goddess Parvati hugged the kids and made them into a single child with six faces and twelve hands (the reason why Lord Murugan is also called Arumugan). Nine shaktis appeared from Goddess Parvati’s anklets from where Veerabahu and lakhs of soldiers emerged. They became the warriors of Lord Murugan. Lord Shiva granted Lord Murugan a vel (spear) called Vetrivel and also gifted him with eleven Rudras which were changed into eleven arms.

Lord Murugan came to Thiruchendur with group and pursued war against Soorapadman which lasted for ten days. On defeating the demon, the Lord converted Soorapadma into a peacock and a cock. The peacock or Mayil became the vehicle of Lord Murugan and therefore He is also called Mayilvahanan. Seval or cock adorned his flag. As a result of the victory, Lord Brahaspati, Lord Indra, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and all the Devas worshipped him nine times (Nava Kala Pooja). Lord Murugan in turn worshipped Lord Shiva in the form Sivalinga.

Tiruchendur is also known by different names such as Thirubhuvana Maadevi, Thirucheeralaivai, Chathurvedi Mangalam, and Jayanthipuram.

Temple Timings & Daily Poojas:

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is opened for pilgrims from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 5.15 pm to 9.00 pm. Nine Kalams of pooja are performed daily to the deity.


Devotees endure severe fast and take Kavadi, Palkudam and offer Abishekam to fulfill their vows. Besides, Golden Chariot procession, Chandana Labanam, Dharabhishegam and Dharahomam are also performed by the worshippers.

Temple Festivals:

Vaikasi Visagam (May - June), Avani festival (August – September), Skanda Sasti Festival - 7 days (October - November) and Masi festival – 12 days (February – March) are the important festival celebrated at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple. Of these, Skanda Sashti is celebrated in a large scale with a unique ritual called Soorasamharam.

Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple, Tiruchendur is situated in the Tuticorin District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located within 40 km from Tuticorin, 60 km from Tirunelveli and 80 km from Kanyakumari.

Bangalore To Tiruchendur Route:
From Bangalore take NH-7 until Madurai followed by NH-45B until Tuticorin followed by good Road to Tiruchendur

Bus Route:
There are buses from Chennai, Puducherry, Coimbatore, Thiruppoor, Bangalore, Palani, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameswaram, Virudhunagar, Kovilpatty, Rajapalayam, Srivilliputhur, Erode, Dindigul, Bodinaikanur and Tiruchirapalli to this temple. There is a bus stand adjacent to Nazhikinaru of this temple.

Railway Route:
The Southern Railway operates train services from Tirunelveli to Tiruchendur at 6.50 A.M., 9.20 A.M., 1.20 P.M. and 5.50 P.M. Similarly trains run from Tiruchendur to Tirunelveli at 6.50 A.M., 1.20 P.M. and 5.50 P.M. Chendur express operates five days a week to chennai (Refer railway time table)

Air Route:
Devotees from Chennai, other states and foreign countries can reach Madurai, Tuticorin by air. From Madurai frequent bus and train facilities are available to reach Tiruchendur.

Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple - Tiruchendur, Temple Address & Contact Info:

Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer
Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple,
Tiruchendur - 628 215.

Phone Numbers : 04639-242221, 04639-242270, 04639-242271


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