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Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple: Thiruchendur



Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple

Lord Murugan is always revered as a Tamil God in Tamil Nadu. As the beloved son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Murugan embodies courage, righteousness, and spiritual enlightenment. Lord Murugan, also known as Kartikeya, Subrahmanya, Kathirvelan, Saravana, Shanmukha, Senthilnathan and numerous other names, stands in Hindu mythology. Lord Murugan is respected as a leader of the Mountainous region called as Kurinji Aandavar. Murugan's weapon, the formidable spear or "Vel," symbolizes triumph, the restoration of peace, and the destruction of all evil forces. Lord Murugan’s Arupadai veedu holds a special place in Tamil culture and spirituality. Among six abodes, Thiruchendur Murugan temple is the most esteemed religious place in Tamil Nadu.

Thiruchendur Murugan

Thiruchendur Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple

Thiruchendur Murugan temple has been revered by millions of devotees over the years paying respect to Lord Murugan. 

This temple is known for its legendary story of Lord Murugan slaying Surapadman. In Skanda Purana, Surapadaman, the demon king is blessed with Lord Shiva’s boon, that he would die by only his son. As the boon, the demon tortures every living in the world. As a result of this, all devas begged for a solution over Lord Shiva. This led to the birth of Lord Murugan. During a battle at Thiruchendur in Tuticorin, Lord Murugan defeated and killed Surapadma using his Vel. Following his victory, he worshipped his father, Lord Shiva, at this very spot. He also used the Vel at the Naazhi Kinaru (sacred well) to provide water for the people during a drought. Located south of the temple, the Naazhi Kinaru is where devotees cleanse themselves with the well water before worshipping the deity. 

The principal sanctum of Murugan is known as Senthinathan, while the two Utsava murtis of Thiruchendur Murugan are Jayanthi Nathar and Shanmukhar. Among Six abodes, this temple is only situated near the seashore. In Tamil Nadu, devotees flock to Thiruchendur seeking Lord Murugan's blessings for protection, and victory in battles, both inner and outer. The temple imparts strength and courage, shielding worshippers from adversities and instilling fearlessness.  

Slogan for Thiruchendur Murugan 

Gayathri Mantram for Murugan 

ஓம் தத்புருஷாய வித்மஹே !!! 

மஹா ஸேனாய தீமஹி !!! 

தன்னோ ஸுப்ரமண்ய ப்ரசோதயாத் !!!  


Kandar Anubhuti by Thiru Arunagirinathar 

 உருவாய் அருவாய் உளதாய் இலதாய்  

மருவாய் மலராய் மணியாய் ஒளியாய்க்  

கருவாய் உயிராய்க் கதியாய் விதியாய்க்  

குருவாய் வருவாய் அருள்வாய் குகனே! 


Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple

Festivals celebrated in Thiruchendur Murugan Temple  

The Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is renowned for its grand festivals 

  • Skanda Sashti festival: Celebrating Lord Murugan's victory over Surapadman ( Soorasamharam) for 6 days in October – November month. This year Skanda Sashti starts in Aippasi month from 2nd November 2024 to 7th November 2024. 
  • Vaikasi visakam (Birth of Lord Murugan): Celebrated for 12 days in Vaisakha Month (May - June).   
  • Avani: This festival, celebrated in the Tamil month of Avani (August-September) The Avani Festival, also known as Avani Moolam, marks an important occasion in the temple's religious calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan, who is worshipped with great reverence during this time.  

Thiruchendur Murugan temple timings: Morning 5:00 am to 12:00 pm Evening 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Location: Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple, Tiruchendur - 628215, Thoothukudi District.

Contact Number: 04639242221 

Facts about Thiruchendur Murugan temple 

  • The Raja Gopuram, constructed over three hundred years ago by Sri Desikamoorthi Swami, stands at 150 feet tall and features nine tiers. 
  • When the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck the coast of Tamil Nadu on December 26, 2004, it devastated everything around the area, but this ancient temple site remained untouched. 
  • The Gopuram stands taller than the pedestal of Lord Murugan and is always kept covered. This door is opened only during the "Kanda Shasti" festival, but devotees are not allowed to pass through it. 

The Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is not just a place of worship; it's a testament to faith and divine protection. A visit to this temple promises a transformative experience, connecting you to the timeless legacy of Lord Murugan.

Plan your pilgrimage to Thiruchendur and immerse yourself in the divine aura of this sacred temple, where every corner tells a story of valour, devotion, and divine grace. 






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