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Thiruthani - Sri Subramanya Swami Temple

The saravana poigai tank and the temple atop the thiruthani hills

       Thiruthani or Tiruttani, a holy place near Chennai ( Madras) on the Chennai- Tirupati route, in South India, houses one of the sacred temples of Lord Muruga and is the fifth Aarupadai Veedu . Saint poet Nakkerar, in his songs in praise of Lord Subrahmanya, or Thanigesa Peruman, places Tiruthani in the fifth place amongst the six battle places ( Aarupadai Veedu ) that Lord Muruga has fought to win over evil.

       The Other five Temples in the Arupadai Veedu sung by Nakkeerar are:

      1.Tiruparamkundram Subramanya Swami Temple
      4.Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple
      2.Swamimalai Swaminatha Swami Temple
      3.Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple
      5.Palamudhircholai Subramanya Swamy Temple

       A few Murugan devotees do consider that Marudamalai Murugan temple also deserves to be mentioned as one additional Padai Veedu.

       The various names of the presiding deity include Subrahmanya, Subramanya Swamy, Sengalvarayanm, Murugavel and Thanigesa Peruman. This holy shrine of Lord Muruga has been sung by various poets like Arunagiri Nathar and Kumara Guruparar.

Legends/Puranas and Mythology

       The temple is a very old one and scriptures can be used to trace the temple's existence to as early as two thousand years ago. The temple is known be several names some of which are Kunruthor Adal, Thanigachalam, Santhipuri and Skandagiri. This temple is considered as one of the most important abodes of Muruga.

       Lord Subramanya, it is believed, took to Tiruthani as his abode, after vanquishing the demon called Soorapadman at Tiruchendur. The battle called Soora samharam saw the death of the arrogance of the demon who was transformed into a Seval or Cock that became Muruga's Kodi ( or flag) and the also into a Peacock which became the vehicle of the Lord. At Tiruthani, the swamy is known to be in a very tranquil state, especially after marrying Valli. This Tranquility is pictured beautifully and devotees can view this from their desktops. For more details on the Arupadai Veedu CDROM - please Click Here .

Lord Muruga rescues valli from his brother ganesh, who comes in the form of an elephant

       Mythology has it that Lord Subrahmanya swamy came in various forms such as a hunter and a old man to test the perseverance of Valli, a girl from the hunter community who undertook a penance to attain oneness with Lord Thanigesan. Vinayaka, his big brother helped Skanda in his efforts to marry Valli, by donning the form of a mad elephant, which scared Valli who scurried for refuge to the old man, none other than Subramanyar himself.

Arupadai veedu - a multimedia ecstasy

       For those who are interested in exploring these temples of Lord Muruga, Cybervalley Systems has come out with a comprehensive multimedia CD-ROM/ VCD titled Arupadai veedu - a multimedia ecstasy.

       With exclusive coverage on each temple reverred to as arupadai veedu, the CD-ROM/ VCD is a must buy for all those who wish to explore the temples, legends associated, holy waters associated with the temples, various festivals and other important details which may not be available elsewhere.


Location and Temple Precincts

       Tiruthani is situated in Tiruvallur district. It is 84 km away from north west chennai . The hill temple can be reached either by a motorable road or through a flight of 365 steps. Three Hundred and Sixty five Steps lead to the shrine, each step representing a day of the year.

       At the foot of the hills is located the large temple tank, called the Saravana Poigai, with water that symbolizes prosperity. Tiruthani temple has a sannidhi for Ganesha who is known by the name of Abath Sahaya Vinayagar. The Thanigesa peruman temple is located on the top of the Thanigai Malai. There are four Praharams or "Thiru Sutru" in the temple. The Fourth Praharam has the Senkazhuneer Pillayar Temple. The holy water pond created by Lord Vishnu in the name of Vishnu Theertham, Vasuki's creation in the name of Naga Theertham and Brahama Teertham are sources of water with a divine origin.

Golden chariot of Lord Muruga in Thiruthani Temple

       In the northern part of the temple precincts lies the Elephant house and the Sandalwood stone. In the third Praharam of the temple, one can see the Dwajasthamba Vinayagar and in the south, is located the Uma Maheshwarar Sannithi. The Ucchu Pillayar sannithi is located in the western side. The second Praharam has Sannithis that include those of Prasannakatheswarar, Kamakshi Amman with Ekambareswarar, Arumuga Swamy and Kumareswarar Lingam worshipped by Lord Skanda himself. The Rudraksha Mandapam is an unique mandapam with roof top made of Rudraksha beads. Sannithis for Shanmugamoorthy, Abathsahaya Vinayagar, Arunagirinathar, Veerabhadrar, Nava veerargal and Sooryan or Sun God are also located in the temple Praharam.

       A flight of five steps from the second Praharam, called the Panchakshara Padigal, leads to the first Praharaam. Crossing the Sthapana Mandapamd and Artha Mandapam, one reaches the main Garba graham of the Thanigesa Peruman. The sannithi of Chandeshwarar and Bairavar are also located in this area of the temple.

       Lord Thanigesa Peruman, is seen in a tranquil posture, with one hand on his lap and the other holding the Gnana Vel. Garlands made up of green stones and golden Vilva leaves adorn the deity, adding grandeur to the serene environment..

       There are five Theerthams or divine water sources, in and around the temple. They are :
       Vishnu Theertham
       Naga Theertham
       Brahma Teertham
       Saravana Poigai

History of the Temple

       The Subramanya Swamy temple has been patronized by many kings of the ancient tamil empires.

Temple timings & Festivals

       Every day, there are four special poojas or sevai. The float festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi while the annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated during the tamil month of Maasi. In this festival, special darshan that should not be missed out is the Valli Kalyanam or the marriage of Lord Thanikesan with Valli. Aypasi month brings with it the celebration of Skanda Sashti.

Lord Muruga as Arumuga or six headed - with Valli and Devasena

       Thai pusam or Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram are celebrated with grandeur. The English new year day is celebrated with specials poojas. 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.

Important links

       Chennai (Madras), Thirupathi (Lord Venkateswara Temple) and Thiruvalangadu are the nearby tourist locations.

       Links to Tour & Travel Agencies

       Links to other Murugan Temples in Arupadai Veedu:

Imbibe the spirit of devotion in your kids!

       Many of those who migrated away from India, be it the early settlers in South Africa or the tech-savvy migrants to US - the first generation who have Lord Murugan in their hearts find it difficult to pass on this spiritual shield to their children who grow up in alien lands.

       Cybervalley Systems has brought out a CD-ROM titled Arupadaiveedu - A Multimedia Ecstasy that can play on PCs and select VCD players - a multimedia title covering the six Murugan temples of Arupadaiveedu in south India.

       This CD exquisitely brings to life the pujas and certain utsavams of Lord Karthikeya - To illustrate a few shots...
      - the ther (Temple chariot) utsavam of Thiruparamkundram Murugan;
      - the Unjal ( Swing) sevai of Tirutchendur Murugan ;
      - the Abishekam of Palamuthircholai Murugan or
      - the golden chariot of Palani
      - are some such scenes that leave a permanent impression in one's mind.

Peace and tranquility are the possible benefits of viewing the CD contents - be it in a group during small functions or alone- in solitude in the background of darkness. For kids- it will be as much fun as watching the cartoons - if only the parents take time to explain the CD contents to their kids with some interest.

To know more about the CD ROM - Click Here

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