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Thiruthani Murugan Temple
Thiruthani Murugan temple is a Hindu temple, on the hill of Thiruttani, Tamil Nadu,India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The hill has 365 steps indicating 365 days of the year.It is one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six holy abodes of Lord Murugan. The other five are: Palani (56 km west of Dindigul), Swamimalai (5 km east of Kumbakonam), Tirupparangunram (5 km from Madurai), Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple (25 km north of Madurai) and Thiruchendur (165 km south of Madurai).
Legend also has it that Indra the king of the Gods gave his daughter Deivayanai in marriage to Skanda, and along with her presented his elephant Airavatam as part of his dowry offering. Upon Airavatam’s departure Indra found his wealth waning. Subramanyar is said to have offered to return the white elephant, however Indra bound by protocol refused to accept a gift that he had made, and insisted that the elephant face his direction, hence the image of the elephant in this temple also faces the east.
Another legend has it that Indra presented a sandal stone as a part of his daughters dowry. The sandal paste made on this stone is applied to the image of Subramanya and the applied paste is said to acquire medicinal value. Legend also has it that Skanda bore the discus thrown by the demon Tarakasuran on his chest, and hence there is a hollow in the chest region of the image of Subramanya in this temple. Legend also has it that Skanda gifted the discus to Vishnu (Please also see Tiruveezhimizhalai and Tirumalper). Skanda is also believed to have imparted knowledge of Tamil to the sage Agasthyar and he is regarded as Veeramurthy, Gnanamurthy and Acharyamurthy in this shrine.
Lord Rama, after putting an end to Ravana, worshipped Lord Shiva at Rameswaram and then came to Tiruttani to find perfect peace of mind by worshipping Lord Subramanya here. In Dwapara Yuga, Arjuna got the blessings of our Lord here by offering prayers to Him on his way to the South for Teertha Yatra (pilgrimage to take sacred immersion). Lord Vishnu prayed to the Lord and got back His powerful Chakra (sacred wheel), Shanku (sacred conch), which were forcibly seized from Him by Tarakasura, brother of Soorapadma. Lord Brahma propitiated the Lord here at the holy spring known as Brahmasonai after his imprisonment by our Lord for his failure to explain the Pranava (‘Om’ mantra) and got back his creative function of which he was deprived by our Lord due to his egotistic impudence in neglecting to worship Lord Subramanya on his way to Mount Kailasa to worship Lord Shiva. The final steps to the eastern entrance.
On worshipping the Lord at Thanikai, the king of snakes Vasuki got his bodily wounds healed, which had been caused during the Samudra Manthan, the churning process in the Milky Ocean to secure the Amrita (nectar of immortality) by the devas and asuras when the Mantotra Mountain was used as the churning base and the snake king Vasuki as the rope. Sage Agasthyar Muni (of Potikai Hill) worshipped Lord Muruga at Tanikai when he was blessed with the divine gift of the Tamil language.
The origins of this temple, like most Hindu temples, are buried in antiquity. This temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work Tirumurugaatruppadai composed by Nakkeerar. It has been patronized by the Vijayanagar rulers and local chieftains and zamindars.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple located in Tamil Nadu is one of the famous temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. Details of the Tiruthani Temple Timing is given below. Thousands of people visit the temple daily to have the darshan of the murti of Muruga who alleviates all difficulties. Visiting time is from 5:45 AM in the morning to 9:00 PM. On special day, the temple is open till midnight.
Daily Darshan Timings at Thiruthani Murugan Temple
First Darshan – 6:00 AM – Vishwaroopa Darshan
Kala Shanti Puja – 8:00 AM
Noon puja – 12:00 PM
Evening Puja – 5:00 PM
Arthajama Puja – 8:00 PM
Last Puja (palliyari puja) – 9:00 PM
* The puja timings are as provided by the Government endowment board.
Besides the monthly Krittikais which attract a large number of devotees to this shrine, the two outstanding annual festivals are the Aadi Krittikai and 31 December New Year Step Festival. The float festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi, Bhramotsavam in the month of Maasi, during which Valli Kalyanam is celebrated on the 8th day, and the Skanda Sashti is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aippasi.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple By Bus
Buses are available from all locations in Tamil Nadu to Thiruthani Murugan Temple. Thiruthani Bus Stand is about 2km away from the Murugan temple. Local buses are available at regular intervals from the bus stand to access the temple. Tiruthani is about 97 kms from Chennai, 42 kms from Thiruvallur and 42 km from Kancheepuram.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple By Train
Thiruthani Murugan Temple is about 3 kms away from Thiruthani Railway Station. Bus and auto services are available to reach the temple. Major Railway Station is located at Arakonam, Thiruvallur.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple By Flight
Closest airport to Thiruthani Temple is the Tirupati Airport which is about 63 kms away. Buses and Taxi services are available from the airport to access the temple. Major International & Domestic Airport is located at Chennai at a distance of about 97 Kms.
Distance of Thiruthani from Major Towns & Cities
- 97 Kms from Chennai,
- 77 Kms from Vellore,
- 42 Kms from Kanchipuram,
- 145 Kms from Thiruvannamalai
- 42 Kms from Thiruvallur
- Palani is 504 Kms away on the South of Palani
Thiruthani Murugan Temple
Apart from its puranic greatness, Saint Arunagirinathar has praised this hill as the chosen place for worship by devas and the favorite abode of saints performing prolonged tapas. He also compared this hill to Sivaloka (Bhuloka) and as the very soul of the world. Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, who lived 200 years ago (one of the trinity of Carnatic music) had his inspiration in Tiruttani when the Lord (in the guise of an old man) met him on the steps and sweetened his tongue with the prasadam of this temple, which impelled him to compose and render his first krithi “Shri Nathadhi Guruguho Jayathi Jayathi”(song) on Lord Murugan of Tanikai. The temple vimanam was covered by gold.