Thiruchendur Murugan Temple ia an Hindu temple complex dedicated to Lord Muruga situated in Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the Arupadaiveedu (six major abodes) or Six sacred temple complexes of Kaumaram religion.
It is the only one among the Six sacred temple complexes to be situated near the sea shore. Other five are situated in mountain region. The puranic name or historical name for this temple is jayanthipuram.
It is one of the largest temple complexes (by area) of India and it is one of the most visited temple complex in India (devotees from countries like Singapore,Malaysia,Sri Lanka, England, Australia).
It is the only temple in Tamilnadu which has a separate bus terminal and It is one of the temple which has separate parking facilities for devotees and tourists. The sannathi street of this temple is the longest of its kind among the temples of Tamilnadu.
This is the only temple where Raja gopura is situated in western gate. This temple is the largest temple among all the temples built by saints. This temple is not constructed by Kings,it is built by three holy saints.
It is one of the richest temple (by wealth) of TamilNadu.This is the only Hindu temple which has no Eastern gateway. This temple is the fourth Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu to get ISO certification.
Lord Muruga won and accepted Soorapadman on Sashti (sixth day) of the waxing moon (bright) night (valar pirai) of the month Aippasi. This day is celebrated as Kanda Sashti.
This incident happened at Tiruchendur and hence, the Kanda Sashti festival is calebrated in this place with all grandeur. In the Kanda Purana of Mahabharatha, two other causes are indicated for the celebration of Kanda Sashti festival, apart from the extermination of Soorapadman.
Once a few sages conducted a yaaga (sacred fire worship) with a behest to get a son for the welfare of the world. It was begun on the New Moon Day and went on for six days. From the fire erupted out of the sacrificial altar (yaaga kundam), six seeds one seed each day for six days respectively were collected.
Lord Muruga was born on the sixth day, when all these six seeds were made as one. The Mahabharatha asserts that the day of the birth of Lord Muruga is the Kanda Sashti Day.
In the Kanda Purana, Kachiappa Sivaachaariyar says that the Devas, in order to become powerful to challenge the asuras, carried on a vow by soliciting Lord Muruga to be in the kumbham (sacred pot) for six days. Lord Muruga blessed them likewise. This incident is remembered as Kanda Sashti and celebrated after Aippasi New Moon Day.
Tiruchendur Murugan temple is known as the second Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga won the battle with the asura, Surapadma and worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place.
The temple is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Tiruchendur murugan temple Normally, the Raja Gopuram will be in the eastern side of temples in Tamil Nadu.
But in Tiruchendur alone the Raja Gopuram is in the western side. It is said that the Raja Gopuram was not erected on the eastern side since the sea is very close in the eastern side.
tiruchendur murugan temple Mela Gopuram has nine storeys and it is about 137 feet high above Yalimattam, 90 feet long north to south and 65 feet broad east to west.
At the top of the Gopuram the width is 20 feet and the length is 49 feet. To indicate that the Gopuram consists of 9 storeys there are nine Kalasams (sacred copper pots) at the top of the Gopuram.
The festival celebrated in this temple is Pankuni Uthiram, Tirukkaarthikai, Vaikaasi Visaakam, Kanda Sashti. In the Murugan temples, the Kanda Sashti festival is celebrated for six days only. In some temples it is celebrated for seven days, with the divine wedding of Lord Muruga the next day to Sashti.
But, in Tiruchendur the festival is held for twelve days -- the first six days of Kanda Sashti comprise Sashti Vrattam (the vow of Sashti) and Soora Samharam (the annihilation of the demon, Soora), on the seventh day it is the divine wedding of Lord Muruga and Deivaanai, and in the next five days, the Lord in His wedding gear appears and blesses in the Unjal Sevai that is, sitting on the Swing.
The Speciality of this temple is one of the Aaarupatai Veetu of Lord Muruga, Tiruchendur alone is situated in the seashore; the other five are hill temples. The temple is open from morning 5 o clock till 9.00 pm.
At Tiruchendur, every day 9 times poojas are performed for Lord Muruga. During these poojas different naivedyams (food offerings) like dhal pongal, kanji (gruel), thosai, appam, ghee-rice, balls made of cooked greengram and jaggery are offered.
Those who face impediments for their marriage, pray to this Lord; they are blessed with good wedlock.