The Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, also known as the Subramaniya Swamy Temple, is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan (also known as Kartikeya).


Here are some fascinating details about this sacred temple -Thiruchendur :

Historical Significance

  • The temple dates back over 2000 years and holds immense spiritual importance.
  • According to legend, Lord Murugan (also known as Kartikeya) camped here before and after his epic battle with the demon king Surapadma.
  • The temple was built by Maya, and its foundation rests on native red sandstone rock.
  • God Shiva was worshipped in this shrine by Lord Murugan himself.

Location and Architecture:

  1. The temple complex is situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.
  2. It measures 91 meters (299 feet) from north to south and 65 meters (213 feet) from east to west.
  3. The nine-tiered gopuram (tower gate) soars to a height of 157 feet (48 meters).
  4. Inside, the inner sanctum houses the main deity, Lord Murugan as a saintly child, depicted in a granite carving.

Legends and Festivals:

  • According to Hindu legend, the demon king Surapadman obtained boons from Lord Shiva and began ruling the world. He imprisoned the king of the gods, Indra, and desired his wife, Indrani.
  • Lord Murugan intervened, leading to a fierce battle in Thiruchendur, where he defeated Surapadman.
  • Surasamharam, a reenactment of the victory over Surapadman, and Kanda Shasti, a devotional song in praise of Murugan, are performed at this temple.

Legend of Surapadman:

  • Surapadman, a demon king, obtained boons from Lord Shiva through intense penance and began ruling the world.
  • He imprisoned Indra, the king of the gods, and coveted Indra’s wife, Indrani.
  • Seeking help, Indra turned to Lord Murugan, the god of war.
  • A fierce battle unfolded in Thiruchendur, where Murugan defeated Surapadman.
  • The day of this victory is celebrated as the Skanda Sashti festival in all Murugan temples.

If you ever find yourself near Thiruchendur, I recommend visiting this remarkable temple and experiencing its rich history and spiritual energy.


Reference Site:

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple


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