Sri Dandayuthapani Swami Temple – Madurai

Sri Dandayuthapani Swami Temple – Madurai

Submitted on: 25 Jul 11

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Category: Murugan Temples Tamil Nadu

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Moolaver: Dandayuthapani

Urchavar: Dandayuthapani

City Location: Netaji Road

Temple History:

Saivite Saint Sundarar who was friendly with Lord Shiva (Saka Marga) visited Madurai during the seventh century and stayed in this temple.  It was then called Sundarar Mutt based on this event.  He continued his journey to Tiruparamkundram from here.  This establishes the antiquity of the temple dating back to that period.

Some devotees used to carry the procession deity on their heads to Palani on Thai Poosam day. Abishek would be performed to the idol there.  The practice did not continue in later years.  As Lord Muruga visited Palni, He is named Dandayuthapani.  He is also praised as Madurai Palaniandavar.

Temple’s Speciality:

This is a temple noted for the Alankara – dressing of Lord Muruga. The Lord appears in royal attire. As the Lord took a pilgrimage Himself to Palni, He is named Dandayuthapani. He is also praised as Madurai Palani Andavar.


Skanda Sashti in October-November, Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April, procession of Lord Muruga on Kruthika star days, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Thai Poosam in January-February, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September and Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prayers and Poojas:

Aipasi Skanda Sashti is grandly celebrated in the temple.  As there is no lodging facility in the temple, those observing a fast during the festival, take the oath in the temple and follow it in their own houses.  People observe this Sashti fasting for child boon.  People also pray to Kalabhairava on the New Moon Ashtami (8th day from new moon day) and on Sunday between 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m covering the Rahukalam in the faith no obstacle could prevent their success in endeavours.

During the Sashti fasting days, couples perform abishek to Lord Muruga with milk offering Pongal-pudding as nivedhana.

Temple Opening Time:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Temple Travel Guide:

Netaji Road is on way to Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple from the Madurai Periyar bus stop.

Temple Address:

Sri Dandayuthapani Temple, Netaji Road, Madurai – 625 001.

Phone No: +91 452 234 2782

Madurai Accomodation:

♦ Pandian Hotel: +91-452-435 6789

♦ Hotel Sangam: +91-452-253 7531, 424 4555

♦ Hotel Tamilnadu: +91-452-253 7461 – 5 lines

♦ Hotel Supreme: +91-234 3151, 301 2222

♦ Hotel Prem Nivas: +91-452-234 2532-3, 437 8787

♦ Hotel Park Plaza: +91-452-301 1111, 234 2112

♦ Hotel Northgate: +91-452-438 3030 (4lines), 2523030 (5lines)

♦ Hotel Keerthi: +91-452-437 7788, 437 8899

♦ Hotel Golden Park: +91-452-235 0863

♦ Hotel Ratna Residency: +91-452-437 0441-2, 437 4444

♦ Hotel Jayasakthi: +91-451-230 0789

♦ Hotel College House: +91-452-234 2971, 253 2759

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