• Murugan

Karunellinathar Temple


Karunellinathaswamy (Murugan) Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is located in Tiruthangal, Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu, India.

About the Temple

During their exile, Pandavas stayed in Chaturagiri forests near the western ghats for sometime. They could not see water for bathing and performing their daily pujas. At the dawn when Sun was rising, Arjuna prayed to Mother Ganga and applied an arrow on earth which split and brought forth a river. This is Arjuna River. Bathing in this holy river cleanses the devotee of all his/her sins, it is firmly believed. As in Palni, Lord Muruga graces darshan in an ascetic form. This is a very ancient temple which has a mention in the celebrated Tamil epic Cilapathikaram.

Legend and Stories

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.


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.


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.

Thanks Giving

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.

How To Reach


The nearest railway stations are Madurai and Sivakasi Railway Station.


Tiruthangal is 24 km from Virudhunagar. Bus facilities are available conveniently.

Temple Address

Sri Karunellinathaswami Temple,
Tiruthangal, Virudhunagar district,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 626130.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • To get married soon
  • To get marital bliss
  • To reduce the intensity of ill fates

Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye

Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.

Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham

Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.

Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam

Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.

Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney

Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.


The Temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

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