Pazhamutircolai: Lord Vinayaka of the temple graces in the name of Karpaga Vinayaka. The main tower-Rajagopuram is of 7 tier structure. Mother Avudainayaki graces from a separate shrine facing south. There is a big Nandhi (bull vehicle of Lord Shiva) corresponding to the size of the mount near the flag post-Kodimaram. Moonjuru the mouse vehicle of Lord Vinayaka and the peacock vehicle of Lord Muruga are nearby. In the front hall – Mahamandapa, Nandikeswara graces with His consort Kalakandi. Also in the Mahamandapa is Lord Nataraja (dancing Shiva) with sages around him representing the aspect of Mother Parvathi, and Annapoorani, Shivasurya, and Moon.

Right of the temple are the Panchalingas – Five Lingas – in the wedding form. Nearby graces Karthikai Murugan with Valli and Deivanai. Other speciality is that Garudazhwar graces in a standing form.

Of the six army camp temples (Aaru Padai Veedu) of Lord Muruga, this is the first temple. While Lord Muruga graces in a standing form in other five army camp temples, He graces in a sitting, wedding form with His consort Deivanai. Maharshi Narada, Indira the king of Devas, Brahmma the Creator are also around Him. Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi without Her Veena, and Savithri are by His side while Sun, Moon, Gandharvas a community in the upper world skilled in the art of music, are above Him. The other vehicles of Lord Muruga, the sheep and the elephant are below Him. Only a scented paste called punugu is applied on the Lord as this is a cave temple.

History : Abishek is performed only to the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga as this is a cave temple. The Vel is taken to the Kasi Viswanatha shrine in the hill on the last Saturday of Purattasi month (September-October). This is the only temple where abishek is performed to Vel. More importance is attached to Vel as the Lord came to this place victoriously after defeating the demon Surpanma with the power of this weapon. Recently, a golden car has been made for the temple. As a prayer commitment to take Muruga in procession on this golden car, devotees may register in advance. Nakkeerar shrine: Celebrated Tamil poet laurate in Pandya’s court, Nakkeerar came to this sacred place to perform penance for cleansing himself of the sin of arguing with Lord Shiva in a contest. A leaf in the tank was partially of fish form and bird form partially. As Nakkeerar saw this strange creature, his penance was disturbed. A devil (Bhoodam) had already captured 999 such persons whose concentration was disturbed during Shiva worship. The devil now took Nakkeerar its captive and made the count to 1000 round.

Festival: Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aadi Krithikai in July-August, Purattasi Vel festival in September-October, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarithikai in November-December, Thai poosam in January-February and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Location : The Thiruparankundram temple is about 7km from the Madurai to kanyakumari road.

Daily Poojas at Temple

Temple Timing :

Morning - 5.30am to 01.00pm

Evening - 4.00pm to 09.00pm


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