Kundrathur Murugan Temple is located in Kundrathur, a suburb of Chennai in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan.
About The Temple
There are shrines for Shiva and Vishnu here, but the most famous temple in Kundrathur is dedicated to Muruga. This place takes its name from the Tamil word kundru which means ‘hill’. Perched on a small hill here, with 84 steps leading to the top, is a temple for Subramanya Swami. Arunagirinathar, the great devotee of Muruga has sung in praise of this deity in his Thirupugazh. One of the well-known tamil sage Sekkizhar was born in this place. There is a dedicated small temple for Sekkizhar at the foot hill of Kundrathur. There is huge sacred fig tree at this temple.
About The Deity
The main deity is Murugar. The Kundrathur Subramanya Swami temple has some rare features. The main shrine and deity face north towards Thirutani. It is believed to be the only Muruga temple in Tamil Nadu facing north. Subramanya is flanked by his consorts, Valli and Deivayanai. A unique aspect is that the principal idol can be seen with only one of the two goddesses at a time. If the devotee stands on one side, only Subramanya and Valli can be seen. When viewed from another side, the main idol can be viewed with only Deivayanai.
Leged and Stories
As per purana stories Lord Murugan worshipped Shiva linga at this place before he reached Thiruthani. As per purana Asura called Tharagasuran was troubling the Devas. Lord Murugan came with his army and fought with him at Thiruporur. Finally in the war Murugan quelled the Asura. After the intense war Lord Murugan wanted to go to Thiruthani to calm himself. On the way to Thiruthani he saw a small hillock and stayed there itself for few days. While he stayed at the hillock he created Shiva linga and worshipped every day. That Shiva is called as Kandhazheswarar and that is there in the foot hill of Kundrathur. As Kandan (Lord Murugan) worshipped Shiva he is called as Kandhazheswarar. There is a saying in tamil that wherever there is a hillock or mountain Lord Murugan will be there. After few days Murugan started from here and resided at Thiruthani. This temple was constructed by Kulonthunga Chola
Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Thai Poosam in January-February and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple
Devotees who do not have children will visit here and tie a cradle at this tree. Once their wish comes true (once they have children) they will again come back to the temple and give offerings of Fruits or sugar to the equal weight of baby. Even if the children are not with good health devotee’s worship here for better health. Majority of the devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage proposals
How To Reach Sri Subramanyaswami Temple, Kundrathur
The nearest airport is Chennai.
The nearest railways station is Pallavaram, Tambaram.
Kundrathur is 16 km far from Tambaram and 8 km from Pallavaram. Those travelling from southern districts have to get down at Pallavaram and can reach the temple easily. Bus facility is available to Kundrathur from Parrys Corner in Chennai.
Sri Subramanyaswami Temple / SubramanyaSwami Temple,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Pincode - 600069.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To remove obstacles in weddings
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 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m