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Thiruporur Murugan Temple

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Introduction to Thiruporur Murugan Temple

Out of the many abodes of Murugan, Thiruporur Murugan Temple is a famous South Indian temple located in Tamilnadu. It is located 40 km from Greater City Chennai in Thiruporur, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Kanchipuram district. Arulmigu Sree Kandaswamy Temple is another name for the temple. The presiding deity is Arulmigu Kandaswamy, the younger son of Shiva and Parvati. The temple is located facing east under a mountain, which is considered to be a unique feature. It is under the care of the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Legend of Thiruporur Murugan Temple

Thiruporur Murugan Temple

As the Hindu legend says, Murugan fought with demons in three places, namely, Tiruchendur (sea), Thirupparankundram (land), and Thiruporur (air). Sage Agastya visited this place when he was going to Pothigai hills. As Muruga defeated Tharakasuran here, it acquired the name Porur (in Tamil, 'por' means 'war'). It has other names, too - Tharukapuri and Samarapuri.

Its Sthala Puraanam says that the place got submerged in floods. Chidambara Adigal was a sage who was residing in Madurai. One day, he heard a divine voice asking him to explore the statue under a palm tree. Accordingly, the sage dug the place and found the statue. Then, he built a temple at that spot.

The Architecture of Thiruporur Murugan Temple

The Dravidian style of architecture is the hallmark of the Thiruporur Murugan Temple. Its Rajagopuram has five tiers. The temple sprawls over 4 acres.

Sri Vinayaka has a separate sanctum. He is called Sri Vembadi Vinayakar, as his sanctum is under a Neem tree.

Devotees can reach the sanctum of the main deity through the pillared mandapams (halls). The pillars are aesthetically carved with several sculptures. Arulmigu Sree Kandaswamy blesses his devotees in this Thiruporur Murugan Temple along with his two consorts, Valli and Deivanai, in a standing posture. The presiding deity is in the form of Swayambhu (self-manifested), which is a rare one. His divine vehicle, the peacock, is also depicted here. No Abishekam is performed for the main deity.

There is a separate sanctum for Shiva and Parvati. Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai have their separate sanctums. Devotees worship Sage Chidambara Adigal in his separate sanctum. During Vaikasi Visakham, devotees come here and worship him. The sage is depicted as merging with the main deity during the last event of Vaikasi Visakham.

Sage Chidambara Adigal established the Yantra on the northeast side of the Thiruporur Murugan Temple, which is also worshipped daily. The Yantra is designed on Kurma (tortoise). Pranava Theertham is the name of the temple tank.

Devotees can see a mandapam in the middle of the temple tank. Its water level is copious as it was formed by the piercing of Muruga's spear in the ground. Vanni is the Sthala Vruksham.

Festivals of Thiruporur Murugan Temple

Thaippoosam, Skandha Shasti, Ani Thirumanjanam, Maasi Bramotsavam, Vaikasi Visakham, Pavithra Uthsavam, Chidambara Swamy Gurupooja, Navaratri, and Panguni Uthiram are the major festivals of this temple.

Benefits of Worshipping in Thiruporur Murugan Temple

Muruga annihilates negativity with his Vel or the spear, and he blesses his devotees with a happy and peaceful life in Thiruporur Murugan Temple.

Those with malefic Mars in their horoscopes worship the Yantra here and get relief from negativities. Women worship the deity and his consorts to get Mangalya blessings.

How to reach Thiruporur Murugan Temple:
By Road

Thiruporur Murugan temple is located on OMR road, 28 km from Chennai. Frequent buses are available to access the temple from anywhere in the city. Even government buses are available to this temple from various states.

By Rail

From Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore, trains are operated from various cities and local areas. Potheri Railway Station and Kattangulattur railway station are 13 km from the temple.

By Air

Chennai Airport is 40 km from the Thiruporur Murugan Temple.

Thiruporur Murugan Temple opening hours:

The temple will be open from 6.00 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

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