Siva Subramaniyan Swami Temple is (also known as Senkunda Kottam Temple) Senkunda Kottam is one of the famous Murugan temples in Chennai. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva, in Saidapet, Chennai. The Murugan temple of Saidapet is also called as Senkunda Kottam. Senkunda Kottam aka Saidapet Murugan temple is located hardly 500 meters from Saidapet sub-urban railway station. It is located very near Karaneeswarar temple.
About The Temple
Senkunda Kottam temple has two temple towers which are visible from the road- one big tower for the main temple, and the small adjacent tower for Lord Ganesha's shrine. Lord Ganesha is named as Senkuda Ganapati. On the left side of the temple are small shrines of saints Kumaragurudasa Swamigal, Ramalingar, and Chidambara Swamigal. There is a separate shrine for Angaragan. There are also small shrines for Arunagiri Nathar, Ayyappa, Idumban, Kadamban, Surya, and Palani. There is a peacock idol in front of the main shrine.
Inside the main shrine, the sanctum of main deity Siva Subramanya is located. Siva Subramanya aka Muruagan is in standing posture and found along with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai (Devasena). The entrance of the sanctum has the idols of Ganesha and Murugan on either sides. The wall surrounding the sanctum has the idols of Ganesha, Skanda Guru, Muruga, Vishnu, Durga, and Chandikeswara. The small corridor (prakara) which is present inside the main shrine also houses the shrines of utsav (metal) idols of Nataraj and Sivakami, Utsav Singaravelan, Utsav Shanmukha along with Valli and Devasena, Utsav Nalvar, Pradosa Nayagar, and Utsav Arunagiri. The utsav idol of Arunagiri is lively. An elephant idol is in front of Muruga's sanctum. The small corridor also houses two separate shrines for Nalvar, Ganesha, Valli and Devasena.
The outer corridor (prakara) has the idols and small shrines for various gods and goddesses such as Shaneeswara, Hanuman, three Devis - Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati, Navagraha, and Nagaraja. There is a separate shrine for Viswanathar and Vishalakshi. Viswanathar is found in the form of Shiv linga. Behind the Shiv Linga, the idols of Shiva and Parvati are also found. There is a small prakara surrounding Viswanathar shrine, which has the idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurti, Vishnu, Durga, Brahma, and Chandikeswara.
There is another shrine dedicated to Shanmukha (the six faced Murugan) along with his consorts Valli and Devasena. The prakara surrounding the shrine has small idols of Ganesha, Skanda Guru, Muruga, Vishnu, Durga, and Chandikeswara.
It is not known who built this temple. However, it seems that the temple is 400 years old and it is one of the most important temples in Saidapet area. Apart from Thiruporur, Kanda Kottam, and Vadapalani temple, this temple is also one of the most important Murugan temples located in Chennai city. Even though this temple is not huge, there are a lot of idols and small shrines are found in this temple.
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Siva Subramaniyan Swami Temple,
Sheshachala Muthali Street, Periyapet,
West Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu,
Pincode - 600015.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Forgiveness for past deeds
- Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars
- Good Health
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 A.M to 9 P.M