Thiruparakundram Subramanya swamy Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Arulmigu Subramanya swamy
  • Devayanai amman
  • Parangirinathar (Lord Shiva)
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord Vinayaka
  • Durga devi

Location :

Arulmigu Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple,
Thiruparamkundram, Madhurai (City),
Madhurai district-625005

Timings :

  • Morning 5:00 AM – 1:00PM
  • Evening 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Temple History :

Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six main abodes of Lord Muruga, the temple at Tiruparankunram offers a mystic beauty. It is carved in rock and is monstrous in size for such an architecture. According to legend, it is where Lord Muruga married Devasena, the divine daughter of the king of heaven, Indra Deva, and he is said to have worshiped Shiva here as Parangirinathar. The temple is located 8 km from Madurai city. In the main shrine, apart from Muruga, deities of Lord Shiva, Lord Maha Vishnu, Lord Vinayaka and Goddess Durga Devi are housed.

History: Tirupuramkundram is one of the six main pilgrimage sites for the devotion of the son of Shiva – Muruga, Tamil Hindu god of war and patron of Tamil Nadu.According to legend, the Lord married Devasena, the daughter of Lord Indra at this place.The Tirupuramkundram Temple, Madurai dates back to the sixth century. The antiquity of Tirupuramkundram Temple can very well be gauged from the fact that it finds mention even in the Sangam Literature.There was built extensive and beautiful front part (mukha mandapam) with 48 ornate pillars carved during the rule of Pandya and Nayaks.It is possible that the worship history of this hill goes far into the past, maybe even well before there appeared Hinduism. There are many legends associated with this mountain.Thus, the hill is considered to be the “Southern Himalaya” where the gods assemble. There is also legend that this is the place where Sun and Moon take a rest.

Legend: Of the six army camp temples (Aaru Padai Veedu) of Lord Muruga, this is the first temple. While Lord Muruga graces in a standing form in other five army camp temples, He graces in a sitting, wedding form with His consort Deivanai. Maharshi Narada, Indira the king of Devas, Brahma the Creator are also around Him. Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi without Her Veena and Savithri are by His side while Sun, Moon, Gandharvas a community in the upper world skilled in the art of music, are above Him. The other vehicles of Lord Muruga, the sheep, and the elephant are below Him. Only a scented paste called Punugu is applied on the Lord as this is a cave temple.Abhisheka is performed only to the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga as this is a cave temple. The Vel is taken to the Kasi Viswanatha shrine in the hill on the last Saturday of Purattasi month (September-October). This is the only temple where abhisheka is performed to Vel. More importance is attached to Vel as the Lord came to this place victoriously after defeating the demon Surpanma with the power of this weapon. Recently, a golden car has been made for the temple. As a prayer commitment to take Muruga in procession on this golden car, devotees may register in advance.

Devi Lingam: While Lord Shiva was teaching the Pranava Mantra to Mother Parvathi, Muruga sitting on the lap of Mother also was also listening. Any lesson should be learned from the Guru in a proper way. To make amends for the mistake, Lord Muruga performed penance here. Lord gave darshan to His beloved Son on a Thaipoosam day. This Shiva shrine is a separate shrine in the name of Aadhi Sokkanathar. Those visiting Tiruparankundran should worship this Shiva first according to tradition. But as the temple is the first army camp temple of Lord Muruga, traditions changed in later days.

Nandi: The size of Nandi in Pragadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur and Gomukteeswarar temple in Tiruvavaduthurai are big in size corresponding to the size of Lord. As Shiva is in the form of a mount, the Nandi here too is big. He is gracing with His consort Kalakandi. There are twin Vinayakas by his side. As the mount itself is considered as Vimana, there is no such a structure above the sanctum sanctorum. Girivalam (going around the hill) is followed on Full Moon days Poornima.

Festivals :

  • There are 25 festivals celebrates in this temple in a year
  • 1.Tamil new year day(April)
  • 2. Chithirai festival (April)
  • 3.Vaikasi Visakam (June)
  • 4.Mottairasu Vizha (June)
  • 5.Aanivoonal (July)
  • 6.Ani Muppazha poojai (July)
  • 7.Aadi pooram (July – Aug)
  • 8.Aadi KArthigai (July)
  • 9.Vinayagar Chaturthi (September)
  • 10.Avanimoolam (September)
  • 11.Navaratri (Oct – Nov)
  • 12.Saraswathi poojai (Oct – Nov)
  • 13.Vijayadasami (Oct – Nov)
  • 14.Iyappasi pooram (Oct – Nov)
  • 15.Sri Skantha sasti (Oct – Nov)
  • 16.Karthikai Somavaram (Nov -Dec)
  • 17.Thiru Karthigai (Nov -Dec)
  • 18.Margazhi poojai (Dec – Jan)
  • 19.Arudra Darisanam (Dec – Jan)
  • 20.Vaikunta Ekadasi (Dec – Jan)
  • 21.Theppam festival (Jan – Feb)
  • 22.Thaipoosam (Jan – Feb)
  • 23.Maha sivaratri (Jan – Feb)
  • 24.Sri Veyilu Kanthamman festival(Feb)
  • 25.Panguni peru vizha (March – April)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanathal pooja – 5:30AM
  • Vizha poojai – 7:30AM
  • Kalasanathi pooja – 8:00AM
  • Thirukka santhi – 10:00AM
  • Uchikalam pooja – 12:00AM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 5:30PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 8:45PM
  • Palliyarai – 9:00PM
  • Pooja Name Cost
  • Pakakani kanaka – 1001

Nearest Temples Around Thiruparakundram Subramanya swamy Temple :

  • Papa Nasam – Papanatha temple – 185 km
  • Tenkasi – Kasi Viswanatha temple – 152 km
  • Kadayam – Vilava Vananatha temple – 171 km
  • Cumbum/Kambam – Kambaraya & Kasi viswanatha temple – 118 km
  • Palani – Dandayuthapani temple – 123 km
  • Palani – Idumban temple – 122 km
  • Tiruchunai – Agastheeswarar temple – 65 km
  • Dindigul – Srinivasa perumal temple – 68 km
  • Srivilliputtur – Vaidyanathar temple – 71 km
  • Srivilliputtur – Nachyar /Andal temple – 70 km
  • Srirangam – Ranganatha temple – 161 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha temple – 43 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 69 km
  • Uthamapalayam – Thirukalatheeswarar kovil – 108 km
  • Chinnamanur – Sivakami amman Udanuraipula Nandeeswarar temple – 102 km
  • Rameswaram – Ramalingeswara swamy temple – 183 km
  • Kovil patti – Poovanathar temple – 93 km
  • Sankara kovil – Sankaranarayan temple – 134 km
  • Tirunelveli – Nelliappar temple – 150 km
  • Madhurai – Meenakshi Amman temple – 8 km
  • Alagar Kovil – Kallalagar temple – 29 km
  • Thiruvedagam – Edaganatheswarar temple – 23 km
  • Pillayarpatti – Karpaga vinayagar temple – 91 km
  • Madhurai – Madanagopala temple – 7 km
  • Madhurai – Dandayuthapani temple – 7 km
  • Kalugumalai – Murugan temple – 112 km
  • Tiruchendur – Subramanya swamy temple – 178 km
  • Tirupattur – Brahmapureeswarar temple – 183 km
  • Manapparai – Nallandavar temple – 132 km
  • Kumily – Mayala devi temple – 151 km
  • Peraiyur – Naganatha temple – 124 km
  • Thirumayam – Satyamoorthy perumal temple – 121 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Madhurai – 14 km
  • Thirumangalam – 12 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Madhurai – 7 km
  • Thirumangalam – 13 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 11 km
  • Coimbatore – 213 km
  • Chennai – 459 km
  • cochin – 250 km
  • Trivendram – 300 km

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