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#2 of 77 Places To Visit in Madurai
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8 kms From South of Madurai Junction, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
contact
+91-44-25383333
entry fee
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timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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about thiruparankundram

The devotion to Lord Murugan (or Subramanya), the son of Lord Shiva, is central to the cultural fabric of Tamil Nadu. He represents war and patriotism and is often known as the patron god of the region. The Murugan Temple at Thiruparankundram is an example of this cult of devotion, one of the 6 most important pilgrimage sites for Hindu devotees of the deity. Situated atop a scenic hill in Thiruparankundram, this temple and the surrounding region is rich with its own share of myth and legends.

According to myths and local folklore, Murugan came to this hill after fighting the 6 battles against 'evil' rakshasas (demons), to finally save the heavens from the rakshasa, Soorapadman. It is here that he married Goddess Deivayanai, the daughter of Lord Indra, who was given to him as a reward for his victory of evil forces. It is this strand of the myth that makes the temple a popular and sacred marriage location, especially during the festival of marriages, Pankuni Uttiram, held towards the latter half of March every year.

The complex is rock-cut and is built along the caves here, lending the place its historic aura. It is believes that during the reign of the Pandyas and the Nayaks, between 16th and 18th centuries, the temple got its beautiful gopurams (or gateways) and pillars carved intricately with the lotus-pattern. One can also find inscriprions on the walls here that showcase the history of the temple. The presiding deities here are Lord Murugan and Goddess Deivayanaii, while other idols dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Vishnu and Goddess Durga are also housed here.

If this aspect of history wasn't sufficient, there also exists a dargah dedicated to Sikander, or Alexander The Great, who was believed to be a friend of King Murugan.

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Hari Prasadh
Hari Prasadh
Enjoyable place
Jun 30 2014
Once i have went to the thiruparankundram temple, good place to visit. Particularly, an attractive one is the temple is joined with the hills, famous festival of the temple vaighasi visakam(tamil month) is enjoyable one. This temple is being outer s ...... read more
Senthil Kumuram
Senthil Kumuram
Spiritual experience. Very Peaceful
Jun 21 2014
One of the six abode's of Lord Murugan, Thiruparankundram is the only one where Lord Murugan is present with his both wives. The hill is also called "Southern Himalaya" where the gods assemble. there is also legend that this is the place wh ...... read more
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