Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple of Karthikeya / Muruga Big Car St., Madurai-Thirumangalam Rd, Tirupparamkunram-625005

This temple is having speciality of worshipping Vel ,the weapon of the Lord Murugan. Sathyagiriswarar (Shiva), Pavalakanivai Perumal (Vishnu) Karpaka Vinayaka, Subramaniar and Durgambika – grace from one cave temple.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple

The temple is one of the  Aaru Padai (6 Sacred Adobe - Army Camp) of the Lord Murugan. It is known from ancient time that Thirupparamkunram is the place where Lord Murugan got married with Sri Deivayanai, the divine daughter of the King of Heaven, God  Indra.

The temple having Rajagopuram which measures 150 feet high at the entrance. The Kambathadi Mandapam, Ardha Mandapam, and Mahamandapam are situated at different levels.The presiding deity Lord Shiva is known as Sri Parangirinathar and  his companion Mother Parvathy is known as Sri Aavudai Nayaki. All the idols of the deities are carved on the wall of the Parankundram rock. 

According to the temple tradition,the fishes are served with salt and rice flakes by the devotees. In front of the Dwajasthambam (Temple Post), Nandi, Mayil and the Mouse (the vehicle of Lord Ganesha) graces close to each other. The temple  consist of a rock carved Sannidhi (Shrine) for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Sri Lakshmi. Abhishekams for the presiding deity is done to the Murugan's Vel only. 

According to the Legends, when Lord Muruga was staying at Kanda Verpu, the two daughters of Lord Vishnu, Amrita Valli and Sundara Valli, cherished the desire of becoming the companion of Sri Subrahmanya. With this desire they both went to Saravana Poigai and commenced  penance to fulfill their desires.

Being happy with their prayer and worship, Lord Subrahmanya appeared before them and told Amrita Valli  that you will be brought up by God Indra as his daughter and I shall marry you in short time. Her younger sister Sundara Valli was also graced with a similar blessing. She was born to Sage Shivamuni and brought up by Nambi, the headman of Tribes.

Amrita Valli took the form of a female child and went to Mount Meru, the abode of Indra, and told him that I am the daughter of Maha Vishnu and the responsibility of looking after me has been entrusted to you. God Indra became very happy and directed Airavatam, his white elephant, to take care of the child.

The elephant with all love brought her up and affection and she attained the age of marriage in course of time. Hence she came to be known as Devayanai, one who was brought up by the heavenly elephant of Indra.

The six sons of Sage Parasara were cursed to become fishes in the Saravana Poigai. On request for redemption, these 6 boys were ordered to pray to Lord Subrahmanya.

When they got his darshan, they could get redemption. It was also made known to them that Lord Subrahmanya would come to Tirupparankunram after vanquishing the demon Surapadma. Anxiously they waited for the arrival of Sri Subrahmanya. When the mission of Sri Subrahmanya to defeat Surapadma was over at Tiruchendur, on his way, he came to this spot followed by all the devas and heavenly beings whom he had released from the untold miseries caused by Demon Surapadma.

On his arrival at Tirupparankunram, the sons of Parasara received Sri Subramanya and, at their request, he consented to stay there. He at once ordered Viswakarma to construct a beautiful abode for himself, for the devas and for others. He also suggested to the heavenly architect to build roads and erect a city around them. God Indra, the king of the angels, desired to get his daughter Devayanai married to Sri Subrahmanya, as a mark of his gratitude for relieving him and the devas from the depredations of the demon Surapadma.

He expressed his desire to Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu who were present there. They were only too glad to hear the proposal. When they communicated the desire of Indra to Lord Subrahmanya he readily agreed to it and said that Devayanai has been praying at Saravana Poigai in the Himalayas for this happy marriage. As Sri Subrahmanya agreed to this marriage, God Indra sent a messenger to bring his wife Indrani and daughter Devayanai from Mout Meru.

The marriage took place at Tirupparankunram, after the victory of Subrahmanya over Surapadma. All arrangements for marriage were made and the marriage was performed at the Tirupparankunram Temple. All the devas, Lord Shiva and Goddess Sri Parvati attended the marriage and blessed Sri Subrahmanya and Sri Devayanai.

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