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Tiruchendur Murugan Temple

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Tiruchendur. This temple’s history is associated with the famous Tamil God, Lord Murugan. The temple is one of the Arupadaiveedu or the six abodes of the Lord Murugan and it is also the only temple located near the sea region as the other five temples are located in the mountain region, which was said to be that these regions are dear to him. The reason why this temple is only situated in the sea region is because of the Lord Murugan’s great mission to free the Devas by defeating the evil Surapadma, who used to live in the mid-ocean fortress nearby. The story of triumph of Lord Murugan over Surapadma is given wholly in the Tamil epic, Skanda Puranam.

This temple is significant of all the Tamil temples as it attracts pilgrims from around the world, who come to seek the blessings of Lord Murugan. It is also one of the largest temple of India and also one of the richest temples of Tamil Nadu. Situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal, this temple’s Rajagopuram is on the western side rather than the other temples of Tamil Nadu, whose Rajagopuram is on the eastern side. Its Sanctum Sanctorium is built below the ground level which shows how amazingly this temple is built. Also, its Melagopuram has nine storeys having made 137 feet high from Yalimattam. Now, in the next section of this, we will give you in details, the festivals celebrated in the temple throughout the year.

Festivals celebrated in Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

Pilgrims from around the world arrive to visit this temple in large numbers to get a glimpse of Lord Murugan. Cultural Festivals of Tamils are celebrated throughout the year and many vows and offerings are organized for the visiting devotees to relieve them from their concerning problems.

Festivals celebrated in Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

A major festival Skanda Sashti is celebrated in Asvini (October-November) in the commemoration of the victory of Lord Murugan over the evil Surapadma, in which devotees fast all six days and on the sixth day Surasamharam is performed. On the following 7th day Thirukkalyanam to Deivanai is celebrated splendidly. During February to March, a grand festival is also organized which is called as Masi Festival and is celebrated for 12 days. In this festival, around three lakhs people take part. Pooja Timings of Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

Pooja in Tiruchendur Murugan Temple
The temple is mainly opened from 5.00am to 9.00pm on all the days. Generally, there are nine pooja kalams which are observed daily as per the Kumara Thandiram Murai. The daily timings of Poojas are given below:

Timings Details of Pooja
5.10 am: Subrapadam - Thirupalli Eluchi
5.30 am: Viswaroopam Darshan
5.45 am: Dwajasthamba Namaskaram
6.15 am:  Udaya Marthanda Abishegam
8.00 am - 8.30 am: Kalasandhi Pooja
10.00 am: Kalash Pooja
10.30 am: Uchikala Abhishegam
12.00 pm: Uchikala Deeparadhanai
5.00 pm: Sayaratchai Pooja
7.15 pm: Arthasama Abhishegam
8.15 pm: Arthasama Pooja
8.30 pm: Ekanda Seva
8.45 pm: Ragasia Deeparadhanai, Palliarai Pooja
9.00 pm: Nadai Thirukappiduthal

So, mentioned above are the regular pooja timings of the temples. Also, vows and offerings are also made to the Lord Murugan on festivals or other special days. Some special poojas are also done on festivals by the temple priests.

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