A must visit for every Murugan devotee, the Thiruthani Murugan Temple is the fifth out of six Padai Veedus (holy abodes) of Lord Murugan. You simply cannot miss visiting this temple.
Located in the Thiruthani village of Tamil Nadu, the temple is fully devoted for the Lord Murugan temple, as the name indicates. The place where the temple is currently located is come to be famous as the shrines of the six padaiveedus that is dedicated to the Skanda, popularly related to the Lord Subramanya.
Apart from its puranic greatness, Saint Arunagirinathar has praised this hill as the chosen place for worship by devas and the favorite abode of saints performing prolonged tapas. He also compared this hill to Sivaloka (Bhuloka) and as the very soul of the world. Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, who lived 200 years ago (one of the trinity of Carnatic music) had his inspiration in Tiruttani when Murugan (in the guise of an old man) met him on the steps and sweetened his tongue with the prasadam of this temple, which impelled him to compose and render his first krithi “Shri Nathadhi Guruguho Jayathi Jayathi”(song) Murugan of Tanikai. The temple vimanam was covered by gold.
5:45 AM to 9:00 PM
The origins of this temple, like most Hindu temples, are buried in antiquity. This temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work Tirumurugaatruppadai composed by Nakkeerar. It has been patronized by the Vijayanagar rulers and local chieftains and zamindars.
The temple is located on a hill named Thanigai hill reached with 60 steps. The temple has a five-tiered gopuram and four precincts. There are several water bodies associated with the temple. The temple has two shrines, namely, Murugan in the form of Shaktidharar and the shrines of Valli and Deivayanai in two other shrines.
Location : Tiruthani is 97 km from Chennai, 42 km from Tiruvallur and 42 km from Kancheepuram.
Near By Railway Station : Arakkonam, Tiruvallur.
Near By Airport : Chennai.
Avani Festival – August to September
Masi Festival – February to March
Vasanta Festival – April to May
Vaikasi Visagam – May to June
Skanda Sasti Festival – October – November
Out of the six padaiveedus of the Lord Murugan, this place is of the most importance for the Lord Muruga. When the Lord Muruga married one of hid consorts the Goddess Valli, the gold or the jewels were taken from this shells as believed by the common and the local devotes from all over the worlds. Hence the main deity is aldo situated in the way that that front face is towards you.
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