Tiruchendur Temple, Kanyakumari

Tiruchendur Temple

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About Tiruchendur Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Sunday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Public Holidays: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM

Tiruchendur Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple is situated in Tiruchendur town, at a distance of about 80 km from Kanyakumari, 60 km from Tirunelveli and 40 km from Tuticorin.

Tiruchendur Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple, one among the Arupadaiveedu, is the second abode of Lord Murugan or Senthilandavar.  The other abodes of Lord Murugan are Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani, Pazhamudircholai and Thiruparamkunram.

The Murugan Temple of Tiruchendur is situated atop a hill which is known as Chandana Hill. It is believed that Lord Muruga offered prayers to Lord Shiva at this place after defeating the demon Soorapadma.

Tiruchendur Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Temple is situated on the coast of Mannar. It is situated close to the sea and the eastern wall of Tiruchendur Temple touches the sea waves from the Gulf of Mannar.   

The architectural style of Tiruchendur Temple is unique since its Rajagopuram is constructed towards the west instead of the east. The nine storey Rajagopuram or the Mela Gopuram is about 42 meters high above Yalimattam. It is about 28 meter long in the north-south direction and is about 20 meter broad in east – west direction. The top of the Mela Gopuram is about 6.1 meters wide and 15 meters long.

The songs depicting the glory of Lord Murugan of Tiruchendur were written as early as 7th century AD, during the Sangam age. Tiruchendur has been mentioned in different names such as Thirucheeralaivai, Thiruchenthil and Thiruchenthiyoor in ancient texts. There are also stone inscriptions regarding Tiruchendur Lord Murugan Temple which can be dated back to the 9th century AD, 621 AD and 650 AD.  

The Tiruchendur Temple consists of an outer prakaram, inner prakaram and ‘maha mandapam’.  There is a copper-plated Dwajastamba situated on the eastern side of the first prakaram, towards the centre.  

Maha Mandapam is the sanctum sanctorum where the idol of the principal deity Lord Murugan has been installed. The Shanmugha Vilasa Mandapam of the temple is situated towards the south, nearby the main entrance. It is about 37 meters long and 27 meters broad and is supported by 124 columns.

Pancha Lingam, Arumugar, Jayanthi Nathar, Theerthas, Nazhikinaru, Vadanaramba Theertham, Valli Cave Temple and Moovar Samathi are some of the other attractions of Tiruchendur Temple.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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13 traveller reviews for Tiruchendur Temple

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Kumar Vallaba

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  • Kumar Vallaba
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Temple is always crowded"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
This temple is located in Tiruchendur, of Kanyakumari district and here the lord will be lying here on snake couch. As similar to the Thiruvananthapuram temple here also the god Moolavar will be able to see through 3 doors. This temple timings are 5:00 am to 11:30 am and from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the time of my visit this temple is under small renovation and so that the reason I had a pleasant darshan with normal crowd otherwise this temple will be always with heavy crowd. The width of the idol present here in the temple is about 22feet and there is a myth here that this god is more richer than the Thiruvananthapuram temple god but that richness is hidden here some where near the temple at that time and it should be found out.
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Muthurah Raja

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  • Muthurah Raja
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nice to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2015
Very nice historic place, the problems from temple workers is they always looking for money from pilgrims. Its very nice temple from Lord Murugans Arupadai Veedu.
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  • Sudhir
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 4 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  5739 readers

"Nice temple on the coastal area"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2015
Tiruchendur Temple is very good. Nice place to visit which is on the sea coast. From Tiruchendur to Kanyakumari roadway is good and also we can see the lot of Windmills.
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Jagadeesh Parimi

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  • Jagadeesh Parimi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
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"A pleasant darshan"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2015
We visited this divine temple twice. This temple is one one the six abodes of lord subramanya(also known as aarupadai veedu). Temple is beside the beach. We had a pleasant darshan.
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  •           gnanaguru
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  4966 readers

"Famous temple and good place to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
It is only subramanya temple located near sea, travelling to the temple was a good enjoyment, slippers are not allowed inside the temple, the beach also looking good and we can relax there.
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Sreekanth Ms

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  • Sreekanth Ms
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2 photos
  • 5 Reviews
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"Visit to Tiruchendur temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2014
The rarest place where you will be able to see Navagraha Pradishta on the top. Very spiritual place indeed.
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  • Udhaynan
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 5 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  9364 readers

"Sea view temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2013
Nice temple of Lord Murugan located on the sea shore. Wonderful temple to see near Kanyakumari.
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Amit Rao

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  • Amit Rao
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Well connected and close to the sea"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2013
Well connected by road from Tirunalveli. The place is full of devotees all the time. The sea comes up to the temple. The waves are a delight to watch from the temple.
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  • Anand
  • 3 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  5669 readers

"Temple with a rich history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2013
Temple with rich history and place near sea shore gives immense satisfaction of travelling.
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Venkat raman

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  • Venkat raman
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"Tiruchandur Temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2013
It is 80 Km from Kanyakumari. The main deity is lord Subramanyeswara. This is a very famous temple on the top of a small hill and by the side of to sea. The main deity is very beautiful and one can see abhishekam performed to the God by the priests. Inside the temple, the temples of other Gods are there. People can sit on benches and enjoy the sea tides.
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