Submitted on: 31 Dec 08
Sri Subrahmanya Swâmi Devasthanam, Thiruchendur
The seashore temple of Subrahmanyam at Tiruchendur is one of the delightful spots sanctified and venerated by every Hindu. As one of the first spiritual centres for the salvation of man, His shrine has been an attraction for Hindus for ages. This sacred house of God is in the extreme southwest of the Indian peninsula. The rising sun bows in adoration of it each morning as he rises from the rippling expanse of the ocean, and spreads light and life over every living object.
Bordered by the sea on the East and the North, the temple walls on these sides are washed by the foaming waves of the Gulf of Mannar. The date of the temple is hidden in the Puranic past. The nucleus of the structure however has been here for more than 2,000 years as the Tamil Classics inform us.
Lord Muruga’s association with Tiruchendur is highly significant. It is described in extenso in His epic, the Skanda Puranam. The young Muruga as the Devasenâpati vanquishes evil in the form of Surapatuma. The Tamils have ever since been celebrating the event as an annual festival during Skanda Sashti.
Tiruchentil means as it does, the House of Victory. It borders the sea and has all the natural charm of a hero’s fortress. It is verily a haven of Peace and Bliss. The Tamils in this part of the peninsula have such an attraction for the place and its presiding Lord Arumuga Nayinar.
An attempt is here made to give His bhaktas all over a close account of His shrine at Tiruchendur; and with this additional desire of impressing that the Temple is one worthy of a pilgrimage in this life. The divine inspiration and His grace that the bhakta is sure to secure will more than recompense his labours.
The Devasthanam maintains a large number of rooms and cottages for the convenience of pilgrims who wish to put up close by to Sri Subrahmanya Swami Tirukkovil in order to have darshan and fulfill their vows. Most rooms and cottages are family-sized.
All rooms and cottages provide basic facilities, viz. electricity and running water only. Cottages also offer limited parking facility. During festival times these accommodations tend to fill up quickly, so the pilgrims are advised to book in advance.
For reservations of these rooms, contact the Devasthanam Information Centre. For further details call (04639) 442271.
- For single persons locker and stay facility (50 people) are available in Senthil Andavan Viduthi for Rs 5/- per person per day.
- Locker facilities available in Teyvayanai Illam in front of the Temple for Rs 5 per piece per day.
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Contact’s:
Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer
Arulmigu SubramaniaSwamy Temple,
Tiruchendur – 628 215.
Phone Numbers : 04639-242221, 04639-242270, 04639-242271
Devasthanam Information Centre: 04639- 442271.