THIRUTTANI MURUGAN TEMPLE
LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :
Sri BalasubramaniyaSwami Temple is located at Thanigaimalai at Tiruttani. This temple is one among the Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Tiruttani is 82 km from Chennai
HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE :
Legend has it that, Lord Subramanya married Valli who belong to the Vallimalai nearby. Another legend associated with this temple is that Skanda bore a discus thrown by the furious asura Tarakasuran, on his chest, and hence there is a hole in the chest region of the image of Subramanya in this temple. It is believed that Skanda gifted the discus to Vishnu.
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 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.
DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE :
The origins of this temple are burried in antiquity. This temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work Tirumurugaatruppadai composed by Nakkeerar. The hill temple here is reached by a motorable road and is also accessed through a flight of 365 steps. It has 4 prakarams and a series of towers. There is a shrine to Aabat Sahaaya Vinayakar who is said to have come to the aid of Skanda in winning Valli’s hand in marriage.
Four worship services are offered each day here. 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. The gold and silver peacock vaahanams are of great beauty here.