Visit to Perumber Kandigai Murugan Temple
Continuing on our Villupuram trip, after the Achirupakkam and Nadu Palani temple, our next stop was Perumber Kandigai Murugan Temple.
From Achirupakkam, we have to go for about 3 kms on the highway towards Tindivanam and then about a km diversion to the right side.
First view of the temple from the approach road
View of National Highways and the approach road from the hilltop
The location of the temple is awesome with a beautiful temple tank at the base, an Angala Parameswari temple which is a kula deivam for many, huge trees and a Vinayagar temple in the backdrop of the hillock temple of Lord Muruga. Cement benches are provided under the big trees to provide a nice picnic atmosphere.
The temple tank is called Sanjeevi Theertham and it is said to cure many diseases.
The dilapidated mandapams at the base proclaim the ancientness of the place
Near the temple tank at the base, there is a Vinayagar temple which we missed to see. The vinayagar here is called ‘Parai Vinayagar’ and He seems to have appeared naturally there.
There are about 100 steps to the hillock temple and also a motorway right to the top of the hillock.
It is said that after the Soora Samharam at Thiruchendur, Lord Murugar came and rested here in this twin hill of Sanjeevi and Mahameru. The temple is located on top of the Sanjeevi hill, also called Siddhar Hill and it is considered that Siddhars worship Lord Muruga here even now. The nearby Mahameru hill is also a beautiful one.
The temple is a small one with Vinayagar shrine apart from the main shrine. Subramanyar is seen with 6 faces and 12 hands along with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. In front of Him is the ‘Chathru Samhara Yanthram’. Both the temple and the Yanthras are said to be very ancient. Yanthra pooja and Chathru Samhara homams are being done here.
Arunagiri nadhar sang Thiruppugazh hymns on this Murugar; Vannacharabam Dhandabani Swamigal who lived in 19th Century sang hymns; Pamban swamigal in his hymn mentions that worshipping here is equivalent to worshipping the 29 sacred places of Lord Muruga on whom he composed different hymns.
Worshipped by Agasthia Maharishi, Sage Thumbi and Sage Sukhar; Also worshipped by Shanmuganandha Swamigal, Krubanandha Variyar, Pambanadiyar Vilaangadu Duraisamy Pillai
1) Sri Shenbagavalli Sametha Sri Kailasanathar temple is also nearby.
2) There is Thaanthondreeswarar temple at around a km from here where Sage Agasthiar got the dharshan of Lord Shiva and Parvathis’s marriage. Achiruppakkam temple, this Perumber Kandigai temple and the Thaanthondreeswarar temple nearby are all connected by way of legend. After the completion of the Tamil Chithirai month’s 10th day festival at the Achirupakkam temple, Aatcheeswarar and Ilangili amman will circumambulate this hill on the 11th day. During that Lord Murugar with His consorts will come down to the junction of this twin hill to welcome His parents and will take them to the Agasthiar Stage at the nearby Thaanthondreeswarar temple. On the Chithra Pournami (Full moon) day, the festival of Lord Shiva giving the dharshan of His marriage to Agasthia Maharishi is being celebrated in a grand scale there.
3) Sri Veerabadra Swami Temple in the same village is of ancient origin
Contact: Sri Ravi Gurukkal – 99529 65215 / Sri Muthu Gurukkal – 97873 67657