TIRUCHENDUR TEMPLE VIRTUAL TOURISM
Thiruchendur Subramaniya Swamy Temple Virtual Reality Tour has been Digitally photographed in single camera set-up for the virtual tour. In this presentation, you can go to 19 places inside the temple.
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Thiruchendur is a small coastal town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This town is most well known for the old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. The Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is said to be one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan and hence frequently visited by devotees. Thiruchendur is said to be second in importance among his six abodes. This place is also referred to by other names in religious poems and literature as Thirucheeralaivai, Thiruchenthil, and Thiruchenthiyoor.
The deity is worshipped by various names such as Senthilandavan, Senthilkumar, and so on. The name Tiruchendur means a place of abundant sandalwood. The gushing tides of “Bay of Bengal” wash the foot of the temple. All the pilgrims cool off their foot or take bath in the sea before they enter into the temple. This temple is famous for its “Panneer ilai Vibhuti” which is praised by Sri Adi Shankaracharya that the mere vision of the Panneer leaf Vibhuthi would cure many incurable diseases.
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. Normally, the Raja Gopuram will be in the eastern side of temples in Tamil Nadu. But in Thiruchendur 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.
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.
An asura by name Surapadma was ruling Veera Mahendrapuri, an island fortress. He performed many austerities invoking Lord Shiva and the Lord granted him many boons. Later, the asura became arrogant and captured all the three worlds—the heaven, earth and the hell. He made the Devas, the heavenly immortals to do menial task. The Devas were unable to bear his torture and complained to Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva opened his third eye to create a son to kill Surapadma. Six sparks of fire emanated from the third eye. These divine sparks were received by River Ganges through Agni, the God of Fire and passed on to the Himalayan lake, Saravana Poigai. Here they were transformed into six babies. Saravanapoigai .Here they were transformed into six babies.
These babies were suckled by the six Kirithika nymphs. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi Devi came to Saravana Poigai, and when Goddess Uma fondly clasped the babies they joined together to become Lord Arumuga with six faces withtwelve arms. When child Arumuga grew up to become a young boy, Lord Shiva asked him to destroy Surapadma and free the Devas from their cruel bondage.
Lord Muruga reached Tiruchendur with his huge army and camped. He sent his lieutenant, Veerabahu to the asuras as an emissary and asked Surapadma to release the Devas. Since Surapadma turned down the request, a war ensued. An intense battle was fought for a few days. During the first five days of the war, the brothers of Surapadma and all other asuras perished.
On the sixth day, in the battle between Lord Muruga and Surapadma, the lance of Lord Muruga pierced the body of Surapadma, who got himself transformed into a frightful mango tree, and broke it into two. The broken pieces instantly transformed themselves into a mighty peacock and a cock. Lord Muruga took the peacock as his vahana or vehicle and the cock on his banner.
This event is popularly known as Surasamharam, or the destruction of Surapadman. After Surasamharam, Lord Muruga desired to worship his father, Lord Shiva. Hence Mayan, the divine architect constructed this shrine at Tiruchendur. Even now Lord Subramaniyan is seen in the posture of worshiping Lord Shiva in the sanctum sanctorum.
Daily poojas are conducted for six time in this famous temple. Moreover the special poojas to be carried out in Lord Subramanya Temple are also performed regularly.
Darshan hours are from 5.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
On festival days the temple opens at 4.30 a.m.
Devotee can book the Darshan Booking in HRCE Department Portal https://tnhrce.gov.in in which, a link to ‘Online Darshan Ticket Booking for Temples’ provides the List of Temples which allow the Online Darshan Ticket Booking Services.
When going for darshan at Thiruchendur Subramanya Swamy Temple, make a plan for at least two three hours for a relaxed exploration of the temple and darshan of the deity. During festival, it takes around 4 to 5 hours to get darshan. Devotees visiting the Thiruchendur Temple will not be allowed to bring mobile phones with them.
Reaching Sri Subramaniya Swamy Temple :
The town has its own Railway Station named as Tiruchendur Railway Station. It is well connected to other cities like Coimbatore, Mysore, and Mumbai via Pearl City Express, Cbe TN Link Express, Tuticorin Express and Nagercoil Express.
The nearest Domestic Airport from Thiruchendur is Tuticorin , roughly one hour drive to Thiruchendur (40kms)
Madurai Airport, Tamil Nadu, roughly three hour drive to Thiruchendur. Madurai Airport is well connected to major cities like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai via Spice Jet, Jet Airways and Air India.
Trivandrum International Airport,Trivandrum , Kerala . Roughly 2 hours drive from Trivandrum (85 Km)
Thiruchendur Temple dress code follows a strict prohibition of shorts, lunges, caps and animal skin clothes inside the temple premises. As per the new code, male devotees should wear dhotis or pyjamas with upper cloth, or formal pants and shirts. Women should wear sarees or half sarees with blouse, churidhars with dupatta. The children should wear any fully covered dress. Wearing Leggins is not allowed and should avoid sleeveless kurtis.