Tiruchendur is the headquarters of the Thiruchendur Taluk. Tiruchendur is famous for the Murugan Temple on the beach. Tiruchendur temple is located on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. Tiruchendur temple is the second of the six abodes of Lord Murugan, enshrining Senthilandavar and is very popular with pilgrims.
The location of the temple is ideal and draws a perennial stream of devotees. The temple overlooking the sea is an inspiring sight. It has been venerated by the Tamil Sangam Period work Tirumurugatruppadai and by 83 Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar.
The other abodes are situated on top hills; this one is located on the seashore in the southern part of the state. It is situated on the Kanyamumari - Tuticorin - Rameswaram bus route. It is one of the most visited shrines in Tamilnadu. Tiruchendur is well connected by train & bus from all parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
TheTiruchendur temple is one of the delightful spots sanctified and veneratedby every devout Hindu. The sun bows in adoration each morning as the 'redglobe' rises from the rippling expanse of the ocean. Skireted by sea onthe east and north, the temple walls are lashed by the roaring waves ofthe Gulf of Mannar. The origin of the temple dates back to the Puranicpast.
ManySaivite saints have worshipped at this shrine and sung in glory of LordMuruga. The immortal idol, Thirumurugatruppadai by Nakkirar, Thiruppugazh,Kanthar Alankaram and Kanthar Anubhuthi by Arunagirinathar and KantharKalivenba by Kumaragurubarar, are unparalleled in the devotional literatureof the Tamils. Sri Adi Sankara, the great exponent of the Advaita philosophyof the Hindu religion, has visited this place. In his hymn SubrahmanyaBhujangam, Adi Sankara lucidly describes the roaring sea skiriting LordMuruga's abode and his mercy. It is said Adi Sankara was cured of his illness after worshipping the Lord here.
Abhishekam for the principal deity Subramanya is performed thrice a day and for Shanmukhaon Vishaka Nakshatram every month and on the first of Chitrai and Aippasimonths. On the last Friday of every Tamil months, Senthil Nayagar withhis consorts if taken round the Giri Prakaram in a procession. Pottiesof the Madhwa Advaita community from Karnataka officiate as priests inthe principal shrine of Subramanya. The poojas at the sanctum of Shanmukhaand other deities are performed by Namboodris, Mukkaanis or TrisutantraBhahmins perform certain other services in the Temple. Thier functionsconsist of making offerings, kattalais etc, for the devotees. Seven majorpoojas are performed daily according to Kumara Tantra
1.Viswaroopam at 5.30 a.m.
2.Udhaya Marthandam at 6.00 a.m.
3.(a) Mudhal Kala Sandhi. (b) Siru Kala Sandhi. (C) Peria Kala Sandhi. -Commencing at 8 a.m.
4.Uchikalam at 12.30 p.m.
5.Sayaratchai at 5.00 p.m.
6.Arthajamam at 9.15 p.m.
7.Ekantham at 9.35 p.m.
All the poojas are performed for both Siva and Subramanya. Then follow theRahasya Deeparadhanas behind the curtain- first in the shrine of Lord Subramanyaand then at Shamnukha's. By this ritual Lord Subramanya gives his poweror Atmasakthi to Lord Shanmukha. After this, Deeparadhana is conductedto the sacred feet of Shanmukha. The feet are then taken to the shrineof Valli, where the image of Valli and the sacred feet are placed in agolden swing for the day's rest. And that is the end of daily poojas. Inthe month of Margazhi (December-January), the daily poojas begin at 3 a.m.and end at 8.30 p.m.
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