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Thiruthani Murugan Temple, Thiruthani

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Thiruthani Murugan temple is a Hindu temple, on the hill of Thiruttani, Tamil Nadu, India, dedicated to Lord Muruga. The hill has 365 steps indicating 365 days of the year. It is one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six holy abodes of Lord Muruga. The other five are Palani Murugan Temple, Swamimalai Murugan Temple, Tirupparangunram Murugan Temple, Pazhamudircholai and Thiruchendur Murugan Temple. Thiruthani is 87km from Chennai.HistoryThe origins of this temple, like most Hindu temples, are buried in antiquity. This temple has been mentioned in the Sangam period work Tirumurugaatruppadai composed by Nakkeerar. It has been patronized by the Vijayanagar rulers and local chieftains and zamindars. The original animal mount of Murugan is believed to have been an elephant, compared to the peacock which is considered to be the most common mount. The white elephant, is considered a powerful, terror striking animal. The iconography is maintained only in two places, namely, this temple and Tiruttani Murugan Temple. thumbLegendLegend 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 the elephant face his direction, hence the image of the elephant in this temple also faces the east.
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  • Thiruthani Murugan Temple also known as Sri Subrahmanya Swami Kovil is located on the hill of Thiruthani. There are 3 options available for darshan, a free line, a 50 Rs line and a 100 Rs line. We vis...  more »
  • This is a very famous temple in TN which is also very close to Chennai and Tirupati. It is one of the six Abodes of Lord Murugan. Feels very good from the inside to be here. If anyone wishes to travel...  more »
  • Temple is located in a beautiful hillock. From Chennai, it is conveniently accessed by train than bus. Temple can be reached both by steps and there are buses managed by temple administration. Both Fr...  more »