Baladandayuthapani, Kumaran Malai, Pudukkottai


This Murugan temple on a small hillock, located close to Pudukkottai, is where Murugan came to provide his devotee the opportunity to take his annual Kavadi worship, when the devotee could no longer make the pilgrimage due to old age. The temple was constructed by a Thondaiman king who had the same dream as the devotee, but with a different purpose. But why is the temple built in the overall style of the Palani Murugan temple?… Read More Baladandayuthapani, Kumaran Malai, Pudukkottai

Shanmuganathar, Kunnakudi, Sivaganga


This early-Pandya temple from around the 8th century is a classic example of a hill temple for Murugan. Stories of the curative power of this temple range from the time of epics, to as recent as the 18th century. Interestingly, the temple has seen contributions from the Cholas as well, despite its location. But what connection does Murugan’s vehicle, the peacock, have with this temple?… Read More Shanmuganathar, Kunnakudi, Sivaganga

Subrahmanyar, Tiruparankundram, Madurai


This rock-cut temple is one of the 6 Arupadai Veedu temples dedicated to Murugan, and is located inside the Satya Gireeswarar temple at Tiruparankundram just outside Madurai. In different epics, the temple has a different story associated with it – either as the site of Murugan’s slaying of Soorapadman, or the venue of Murugan’s wedding to Indra’s daughter Devasena. But what is the story of the nine aides of Murugan, who are also enshrined as deities in this temple? … Read More Subrahmanyar, Tiruparankundram, Madurai

Satya Gireeswarar, Tiruparankundram, Madurai


Murugan overheard Lord Siva teaching the Pranava mantram to Parvati. Murugan sought pardon from his father for learning the Pranavam mantram by deceit, and so Lord Siva appeared to him on the day of Thai poosam and formally taught him the meaning of Pranava mantram, removing Murugan’s guilt. But how does is the garbhagriham of this temple also accommodate one of the six Arupadai Veedu temples of Murugan? … Read More Satya Gireeswarar, Tiruparankundram, Madurai

Murugan, Alagar Koil, Madurai


One of the six Arupadai Veedu temples of Murugan (and the second near Madurai, the other being at Tiruparankundram), this temple was constructed in the time of the Madurai Nayaks. The handsome Murugan lords over the hills here, where one can find a Divya Desam temple for Vishnu at the base, and one for Rakkayi Amman further up the hill. The place is associated with the episode involving Avvaiyar – the Tamil poet saint – and Murugan.… Read More Murugan, Alagar Koil, Madurai