With well researched contents, covering vital details like
spiritual significance of the place, legends, puranas, history,
festivals and spiritual events, this CD ROM presents a
detailed coverage of the temple premises. It also exquisitely brings
to life, many pujas and utsavams of Lord Karthikeya - like...
- Thiruparamkundram : Soora Samharam, Chariot Festival and Laksha archana (worship to Lord Muruga by hundred thousand names)
Such rare footages produce spiritual ecstasy in one's mind, even if they are
viewed repeatedly !
- Thiruchendur : Swing Festival (Oonjal Sevai - where Lord Muruga swings with his consort in a highly tranquill atmosphere)
- Palani : The Golden Chariot Festival (A very famous occation in which golden image of the Lord goes around the temple in Gold Plated Chariot)
- Swamimalai : The Soora Vahana Festival (Lord Muruga is seated above the Asura Soorapadhman and is taken around the temple)
- Thiruthani : Mirror Festival (Kannadi Sevai - where the Lord's Six faces are exposed through a mirror and worshipped)
- Pazhamudhircholai : Bathing Festival (Abhishekam - where the Lord's image is bathed in several holy waters, amidst the veda chanting - Sri Rudhram and Chamakam)
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HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE:
The Pandiya kings who ruled Madurai and greatly patronized the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple,
are known to have contributed to the Temple construction at Tiruchendur. The dynasty that
served includes Ugira Pandiyan, Marravarman and Vikrama Pandian. The heirs of Veerapandiya Kattobomman
worshipped at the Tiruchendur Shanmugar swamy sannithi, the sanctum that is still available as evidence.
It is widely believed that temple's history includes an episode with the Dutch sometime in
the 17th century. The icon of Lord Murugan, worshipped at Tiruchendur, over several centuries
was carried away by the Dutch who were sailing back. Thunder and storm lead the Dutch to
jettison the idol in the sea. Later, a dream that appeared to one of the local Muruga
bakthar triggered the search for the idol, which was then recovered and restored. The
pictures in the Tiruchendur temple walls also depict Lord Skandavel being worshipped by the
local Collector Washington, one of the European leaders during the foreign rule in India.
He generously donated silver to the temple.
The King of Tiruvankoor Samasthanam, Maharaja Marthandavarma of Travancore was an ardent
devotee who donated greatly in kind and cash to this Murugan temple at Tiruchendur.
He patronized this Senthil Andavar shrine and instituted the "Ettukala Pujai".
HOLY TREE (STALA VRUKSHAM):
The stala vriksham for Thiruchendur temple
Amla tree( Nellimaram)
HOLY WATER TANKS (THEERTHAMS):
· Saravana Theertham (Nazhi Kinaru)
TEMPLE TIMINGS AND DAILY POOJA:
Daily pujas to the deities are performed six times a day (six kalams). Forenoon : Ushat Kalam, Kalasandhi and Uchikala poojas are performed in the and the afternoon poojas commencing from Sayaratchai and Rendam kalam are concluded with Arthajama pooja in the night.
Thai pusam or Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram are celebrated with grandeur.
Falling on the day of Poosam star, during the month of Thai - sometime during
the end of January, Thai Pusam, is a Murugan festival celebrated all over the
world. Notable is the festival at Patu caves in Kuala Lumpur where over one
million Muruga Bakthar visit the shrine for Thai Pusam.
The battle of Lord Muruga with Soorapadman is enacted to the fervor of the Muruga Bakthas in
the Tamil month of Masi at Tiruchendur ending with the marriage of Lord Murugan
with Deivayanai (Devanai).
NEARBY TEMPLES AND TOURIST LOCATIONS:
Rotary Club of Tiruchendur
HOW TO REACH ?
Links to Tour & Travel Agencies
WHERE TO STAY ?
OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS ON THIRUCHENDUR / SENDHIL ANDAVAR:
Links to sites with details of Thiruchendur Hotels and Lodges
LINKS TO OTHER MURUGAN TEMPLES IN ARUPADAI VEEDU: