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The entire land of Tamil Nadu is covered with the beautiful temples carved and decorated with intricate work. The temples here are dedicated to the Vaishanava, Shaiva and the Shakti sect from Hinduism. Tamil Nadu is the land encompassed with religion and the Culture. The shrine here is made up of rocks and the temple has very huge Gopurams along with the shore temples, cave temples. There are also the open air bas reliefs to the construction of temple in the form of the Dravisian style of the architecture, along with the wide range of Prakarams, decorated with the elegant sculptures along with the ceilings and the paintings of the temple.

Thiruchendur Temple :

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is the most important Hindu Temple that is committed to Lord Muruga. Along with Lord Muruga also to the Arupadaiveedu which is amongst the six main abodes belonging to the Lord Muruga. It is situated in a very small town of Thiruchendur in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu in India. The temple is at a distance of 55 kilometers from the south east of Tirunelveli, around 40 kilometers away from the Tuticorin and at a distance of 75 kilometers from Kanyakumari. The temple is very easily accessible by car or by bus. Train services are also available from Thiruchendur which is the nearest railway station. This temple is amongst the fourth temple from the Hindu Religion to get an ISO certificate. The Kumbhabhisheka of this temple was in the year of 2009. After so long time, there were the schemes implemented in this temple.

Significance of the Temple :

There are in all six most important abodes of God Muruga and they are revealed in the Puranas. Thiruchendur is the second amongst the six abodes. The temple is not only known by the name of Thiruchendur but also by the various names from the literature and the religious poems as Thiruchenthil, Thirucheeralaivai and Thiruchenthiyoor. The Lord present here is known by the various names such as Senthiladavan and so many. The six major abodes or the Arupadiveedus are Swamimalai at a distance of 150 kilometeres from the east located in Madurai, Palani at a distance of 120 kilometers from the west of Madurai, Thiruthani at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Chennai, Thiruparamkunram at a distance of 10 kilometers from Madurai and Pazhanudirucholai at a distance of 10 kilometers away from South of Madurai.

The temple is situated on the beautiful location near a the sea. The temple seems more beautiful when the waves that come from the Gulf of Mannar lap on the eastern perimeter fence that belongs to the temple. The devotees of the temple are situated world wide such as Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, London, America and in many other countries too. This temple plays a major role in the faith of the Tamilians all over the world.

Thiruchendur is that point where the lord Muruga had utilized the base camp before assaulting the evil spirit of Suran who was from Sri Lanka. The temple also a holy place situated nearby and is known as Ayyavazhi sect, where Ayya Vaikundar is believed to be performed from the Avatar which a holy book of Ayyavazhi according to Akilattirattu.

Main Dieties of the Temple :

  • Sri Subramanya which is the Major God-Moolavar

  • Sri shanmuga who is the Primary substitute of Urtchavar

  • Panchalingam is worshipped by peer of the realm Subramanya

  • Jayanthinathar is the one who has killed devil surapadma

  • Kumaravidanga peruman is the one who is going to archery

  • Sri Valliamman is one of the companion of Muruga

  • Sri Devasena is companion of Muruga

  • Sri Dakshina moorthy is known as the God of knowledge

  • Sri Mahalingeswarar is the idol which is believed to be equivalent to thousand lingas

  • Sri Venkateshwara is uncle of God Muruga

  • Sri Vallabhai vinayaga is Brother of God Muruga)

  • Sri Satru Samhara Moorthy is the one who is known for the destroys our enemies

  • Sri sandikeswara who acts a protector of the wealth of the temple

  • Sri saneeswara

  • Sri bairava

  • Sri Nataraja who is known as the dancing pose of God Shiva

Temples to be Visited Near Thiruchendur

  • Thoondugai vinayagar temple

  • Valliamman cave

  • Idumban temple

  • Ayya vaikunda swamy temple

  • Siva temple

  • Moovar samathu

  • Selva theertha kinaru

  • Veilukandamman temple

  • Kulasekaran pattinam temple

  • Venkatachalapathy temple,krishnapuram

Rameshwaram Temple :

Rameshwaram is also known as Rameswaram is a most important pilgrimage centre nationwide. It is believed that the Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva in those days when he was on his journey from Sri Lanka. The temple is located on the isle of the Rameshwaram in the Banares of the South which is linked to the main land with the help of bridge. The deity of this temple includes 12 jyotirlingas of India.

The pilgrimage of the Rameshwaram is one of the most important pilgrim places for the Hindus. This temple of the Shri Rameshwaram is linked with the tradition of the Great Kashi. In the ancient days, there were the groups of the pilgrims who used to take a walk from a very long distance for these two temples. The walk use to take many months or even a year but still the devotees used to take a walk and visit the temple.

The temple of Sri Ramanatha has dimensions that are erected on the eastern shore of an island that is in conch carried by Lord Vishnu in his hand. There are no fields or the oil pressure on the island. It was Lord Rama who has honored the tradition and is constructed in a particular manner. He had his journey back to the India after assassination of the devil Ravan from Sri Lanka he prayed to the Lord Shiva to expiate the sin that was done by him after assassination the devil Ravan. He had an intension of setting up a Linga. He ordered the Hanuman to get one of the Kailash Parvat within certain period. As hanuman was late, Rama propitious time to as the installation being arrived. Sita, on the other hand had developed a Linga and started worshipping on the same place.

After this, when hanuman came to this place, he found there is already a Lingam created by Sita. He tried to uproot it but was unsuccessful. After this to pacify Hanuman, Lord Rama directed that Linga brought by him, “Visvalinga” will be set up and the most important is that this lingam will be first to be worshipped.

Chidambaram :

Chidambaram is very religious shrine located in the district if Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It has the great cultural, religious and the historical significance. Chidambaram temple is linked with Lord Shiva or Lord Natraja. The Natraja here lies in the Anada Tandava position in the cosmic golden hall and the Chit Sabha which is known as Hall of Consiousness.

Lord Shiva in the formless form of Chidambara Rahasyam is worshipped here and the temple here is known as Akasha Lingam. It is amongst the few temples where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu reside together.

Kanyakumari Temple :

Kanyakumari is located in the southernmost tip of India and it is the convergence point of the 3 seas namely, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and the temple is located on its shore.

Kanyakumari is also known as the Kumari Amman Temple and is committed to Goddess Parvati in the form of Devi Kanya who is a virgin goddess. She had attempted the penance of holding the hand of Lord Shiva. The temple of the Kanyakumari is the main attraction for the tourist along with the ghats present beside the temple. It is believed that the nose ring of diamond of the deity present here is very shiny and that is even visible from the sea.

The temple has two rocks emerging out from the ocean and is situated in the direction of south eastern part from the Kumari Amman Temple. One of them is Sri Padaparai, where the footprint that belongs to the Goddess Parvati is noted. It is believed that Swami Vivekanand had gone into deep meditation on this place and hence, vivekanand rock was constructed here in the year of 1970. Apart from this construction, the dhyana mandapam which is built for the purpose of meditating is one reason of the serene environment found near the temple.

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