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Sankar Narayanan

Sankar Narayanan4.6/5

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It is one of the Six Abodes of Lord Muruga

THIRUTHANI MURUGAN TEMMPLE
This beautiful temple situate at 87 kms from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, on a small hillock which can be reached through a flight of steps, which starts from a beautiful large temple tank.
It is one of the Aaru Padai veedu, the six holy abode of Lord Muruga.
The other five are:
Palani
Swamimalai
Tiruparangunram
Pazhamudir solai
Thiruchendur.
The presiding deity Lord Muruga is known as Skanda in Thiruthani.
He is also known as Veeramurthy, Gnanamurthy and Afchaya murthy in this temple.
A large crowd of devotees visit the temple every Karithigai day every month.
On AAdi Kriththigai day special poojas are performed where lakhs of devotees congregate in the temple.
Apart from this, Padi Uthsavam is celebrated on every last day of the year I. E. On 31st of December.
From down hill there are 365 steps to reach the uphill which signifies the 365 days of the year.
Devotees climb these steps on 31st December to have darshan of Lord MURUGA when the New Year rings in.
A large crowd of devotees gather here to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga on the News Years day I. On 1St January.
When you are in Chennai do not miss this temple visit.

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  • It is one of the Six Abodes of Lord Muruga
  • It is one of the Six Abodes of Lord Muruga

Dr k k dendapani Gopurathil

Dr k k dendapani Gopurathil4.3/5

2 reviews

A pilgrim visit

The visit was a pilgrimage, so comforts were not a part of the itinerary. I came down from Kumbakonam by overnight Mannai Express which was late by an hour. I was lucky to get accommodation at Chennai Central, travelled to Arakkonam by local train and got bus to Thiruthani.

I arrived at the temple just at time before the temple was closing for Uchai puja. The crowd was there but not as noisy as in other places probably because they were used to the discipline at Tirupathi which happens to be nearby.

The darsan which was my only purpose was very pleasant and being closing time we were not allowed to stay long. Return by auto to station was easy and got direct local to Chennai Central for my trip back to Kochi.

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Thiruthani Overview

Thiruthani is located in the Tiruvallur District and is at a distance of 84 km from north-west Chennai. Thiruthani lies on the Chennai-Tirupati route in South India. This holy town houses a very sacred Murugan Temple and is considered to be an ‘Aarupadai Veedu’ which means one of the holy abodes of Lord Muruga.

The other five holy abodes of this Lord are Palani (100 km west of Madurai), Swamimalai (150 km east of Madurai), Tirupparangunram (5 km from Madurai), Pazhamudircholai (10 km north of Madurai) and Thiruchendur (100 km south of Madurai).

Thiruthani Murugan Temple is located on a hill and can be either reached by road or by a flight of 365 steps leading to the shrine. These steps represent the days of the year. Scriptures in this temple have traced this temple’s existence to over 2000 years old. The temple is also known as Kunruthor Adal, Thanigachalam, Santhipuri and Skandagiri.

It is believed that Lord Murugan also known as Subramanya came to Tiruthani after a fierce battle with a demon called Soorapadman at Tiruchendur. Called Soorasamharam, this battle saw Lord Murugan defeating the demon. Legend has it that the demon then transformed into a peacock and became the lord’s vehicle.

Lord Subramany, the presiding deity at the Thiruthani Temple, is found in a tranquil state. His consort Valli is also worshipped here. This temple also has a shrine for Lord Ganesha who is known here as ‘Abath Sahaya Vinayagar’. The temple also has five teerthams or divine water sources situated around, namely, Vishnu Teertham, Naga Teertham, Brahma Teertham and Saravana Poigai.

A large number of devotees flock to Thiruthani every year especially during the Aadi Krittikai festival and on the eve of New Year’s Day. Other popular festivals at this temple are the Float Festival, Bhramotsavam, Valli Kalyanam, Skanda Sashti and Thai Pusam.

Other tourist locations close to Thiruthani are Chennai, Thirupathi and Thiruvalangadu. Thiruthani can be accessed by road from Chennai. The closest railway station is at Arokkanam, 13 km away and the nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 75 km. The best time to visit Thiruthani is between September and March.

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Sri Subrahmanyaswamy Temple, Thiruthani

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Sri Subrahmanyaswamy Temple, Thiruthani
Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu

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Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu
Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu

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Sankar Narayanan

Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu

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