THIRUPARANGUNDRAM MURUGAN TEMPLE
Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple is is located at Thiruparangundrami a small town in Madirai District of Tamilnadu. This is one among the Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga.
HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE :
Tiruparankundram temple is the sixth century rock-cut temple, which is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. It is one of the six abodes(Arupadai Veedu) of the Lord.Here, Subramanya married Deivayanai, the daughter of Indra, after the victory over Surapadman. Subramanya with his consort is said to have worshipped His parents Lord Parangirinathar and Avudainayaki at this shrine. The main shrine is an early cave temple situated at a height of 1050 feet.
A famous Islamic Durgah (Shrine) is located at the top of the hill, where the grave of an Islamic saint Hazrat Sulthan Sikandhar Badushah, who came from Jeddah during the mid 9th century, is found. Irrespective of religion people from all parts of Tamil Nadu and from Kerala visit this durgah — particularly, people who visit Ervadi Durgah in Ramnad district are supposed to visit this durgah. Many poems were written in praise of Hazrat Sultan Sikandhar Badhusha, by Syed Abdussalam Ibrahim Saalim Hazrat, the third in the list of Madurai Hazrats. It is believed that people who come here with a wish see it answered in a very short time, and so he is also called Mustajab ad Du’aa Sikandhar Badhushah.
DIVINESS OF THE TEMPLE :
At the entrance to this shrine, there are 48 pillars with artistic carvings. A seven tier gopuram above the Kalyana Mandapam is sculpturally beautiful. In the sanctum, there are five cells, each enshrining a deity. In the central shrines, we worship Murga, Durga and Vinayaka. Brahma, Indra, Surya and Chandra are depicted above these images. In the two cells facing each other, there are images of Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhoodevi and a Lingam respectively.
At the top of the hill, there is a shrine dedicated to Kasi Viswanatha. An image of Nakkeerar, the Tamil poet, is seen here standing in reverence. Antiquity of this temple has been sung even in the Sangam Literature dating back to 200 BC. Tamil Bhrami inscriptions in the temple also date back to this period. The current structure dates back to the Pandya kings of the 8th century AD. The Saivite Saint poets Sundarar and Sambandar have sung the glories of this temple and so has Arunagirinathar.
AUSPICIOUS DAYS :
Daily poojas are performed, Thai Poosam(January-February),Panguni Uthiram(April-May),Skanda Shashti & Karthigai(November-December) are very famous festivals in this temple.