Moolaver: Karunellinathar (Chokkappan)
City Location: Tiruthangal
The shrine of Lord Muruga was built by a devotee named Arumuga Thambiran. He used to visit Palni each year for darshan of Lord Muruga. During one such annual padayatra, he could not cross a canal on the way as he grew old. He stayed there itself and performed pujas. When he dug the earth to make oven for cooking, he got gold coins which he used to build the temple. People celebrate Muruga of this place-Tiruthangal- as powerful and graceful as He is in Palni.
River Arjuna was created by Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers.
Chithirai festival in April-May, 11 day Karthikai festival in November-December, special festival for Palaniandi, Tiruvilakku puja to Mother Meenakshi on all Poornima-full moon days, procession of Lord Shiva on Pradosham days – 13th day either from new moon or full moon day – Abishek and pujas to Mother Durga on all Tuesdays, special pujas on Tamil and English new year days, Deepavali, Pongal are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The crowd is huge on New Moon, Full Moon days and Pradosha days in the temple.
Prayers and Poojas:
Marriages are finalized for those praying on Tuesdays and Fridays. Pradosha worship cures diseases. Women joining Poornima –Full Moon- puja are blessed with longevity of their husbands ensuring blessing of longevity of their Mangalya sutras. Praying Lord Muruga on Karthika star days reduces the intensity of ill fates.
Devotees offer hair (tonsuring) to Lord Muruga. Offer Dhoti and Sari to Lord and Mother with special abhishek and aaradhana. Feed the devotees visiting the temple (annadhana) and distribute the nivedhana to the devotees.
Temple Opening Time:
The Temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Temple Travel Guide:
Tiruthangal is 24 km from Virudhunagar. Bus facilities are available conveniently.
Sri Karunellinathaswami Temple, Tiruthangal, Virudhunagar district.
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