Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple of Karthikeya / Muruga Kovil Street,, Thiruchendur-628215

It is the only one among the Six sacred temple complexes to be situated near the sea shore. This is the only Hindu temple which has no Eastern gateway.

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 Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is one of the Arupadaiveedu (six major abodes) or six sacred temple complexs of Kaumaram religion. 

It is the only one among the Six sacred temple complexes to be situated near the sea shore. Other 5 are situated in mountain region. The puranic name or historical name for this temple is Jayanthipuram. This is one of the largest temple complexes (by area) of India and is one of the most visited temple in India (countries like Singapore,Malaysia,Sri Lanka,England,Australia). This is the only temple where Raja gopuram is situated in western side. 

The Specialities of this temple are 

This temple is the largest temple among all the temples built by saints. 

This temple is not constructed by Kings,it is built by three holy saints. 

This is the only Hindu temple which has no Eastern gateway. 

This temple is the 4th Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu to get ISO certification. 

This is the only temple in tamilnadu where sanctum sanctorium is below the ground level.

The 133 feet Rajagopuram,built in the shores of Bay of Bengal,just within 200 meters is still a mystery and an outstanding example for the Dravidian temple architecture and an example for extreme civil engineering of Ancient Tamils.

Thiruchendur is said to be 2nd in importance among his 6 abodes(Arupadai Veedu). 

This place is also referred to by other names in religious poems & hymns and literature as Thiruchenthil, Thiruchenthiyoor and 


The deity is worshipped by various names such as Shri Senthilkumar, Shri Shanmugar, Shri Jayanthi Nathar, Shri Senthilandavan and so on. 

The Arupadiveedus are: 


Thiruthani (50 km from Chennai), 

Swamimalai (150 km east of Madurai), 

Palani (120 km west of Madurai), 

Thiruparamkunram (10 km south of Madurai) and

Pazhamudircholai (10 km north of Madurai).

The temple is situated so close to the sea that waves from the Gulf of Mannar lap at the eastern perimeter wall of the temple. The devotees take a holy dip in the sea and the Nali Kinaru (small well), the source of fresh salt free water before entering the temple for worship.

The Great Sage Sri Adi Shankaracharya praised Lord Murugan of Thiruchendur by his "Sri Subramnaya Bhujanga Stotra". He praised the greatness of Vibhuti of Lord Murugan as follows,

Apasmara kushta kshayarsha prameha

Jvaronmadha gulmadhi roga mahantha

Pishachashcha sarve bhavatpatra bhoothim

Vilokya kshanath tarakare dravanthe


Oh Conqueror of Taraka! Severe epilepsy, leprosy, consumption, lung diseases, venereal diseases, fevers, mental diseases of all types, they run away the moment they see Thy Vibhuti contained in a leaf.

Generally, there will be only 1 Utsavar (Procession Deity) for the Main Deity of any temple. But, in Thiruchendur, there are four Utsava Murthis: 

Shri Shanmugar, 

Shri Jeyanthinaathar, 

Shri Kumaara Vidangar and 

Shri Alaivaay Perumal. 

The specialty is that all these four have separate shrine. Shri Kumaara Vidangar is called ‘Maappillai Swamy’ meaning the ‘Bridegroom God’.

On Diwali, in Thiruchendur temple all deities are adorned with new dresses on the Deepavali day. At dawn, all the retinue Gods of this temple are smeared with sandal paste. Then the new dresses are carried in the silver palanquin in a procession and the deities are decked with them. It is believed that since this place where Lord Muruga wedded Shri Deivaanai, Lord Indra gifts new dresses to his son-in-law and His retinue for Deepavali.

Lord Muruga performed a ‘thanksgiving’ to Lord Shiva after he won Demon Soorapadman. He, in this same form appears with a lotus flower on his right hand. Like a Lord Shiva devotee, He wears a matted hair on His head. On His left rear-side wall, there is a Shiva Lingam. The worship with light (Deeparadanai) is first given to the Shiva Lingam and then only to Lord Murugan. In the sanctum of hri Shanmugar also there is a Shiva Lingam behind the deity. Both these Shiva Lingams are in darkness and could be seen only in the Deepa Aaraadhanai. Besides, adjacent to the sanctum of Lord Muruga on the right side is the sanctum of ‘Shri Pancha Lingam’. The tradition is that the devas come to worship them during the month of Markazhi (Nov - Dec). Opposite to the Sanctum Sancotrum of Lord Muruga are found Shri Nandi, the carrier of Lord Shiva and the Divine Peacock. 

Major deities

Shri Jayanthinathar (Who killed demon surapadma)

Sri shanmugar (Primary Deity - Urtchavar)

Shri Panchalingam (Worshipped by Lord Murugan)

Sri Muruga Perumal (Main Deity - Moolavar)

Sri Valliamman (Consort of Lord Muruga)

Sri Mahalingeswarar (Equivalent to thousand lingas)

Shri Kumaravidanga peruman (Who is going to archery)

Sri Dakshina moorthy (God of knowledge)

Sri Devasena (Consort of Lord Muruga)

Shri Aandal (Aunty of Lord Muruga)

Sri Satru Samhara Moorthy (who destroys our enemies)

Sri Venkateshwara (Uncle of Lord Muruga)

Sri Shaneeswara (Saturn)

Sri Vallabhai vinayaga

Sri Anjaneya

Sri Sandikeswara (Protector of temple wealth)

Sri Nataraja (Dancing pose of Lord Shiva)

Sri Bairava (Kaala Bhairava Moorthi - Sign of Lord Shiva)

Sri Dharma Sastha (Shri Ayyappa)

Sri Idumba (Devotee of Lord muruga)

Sri Thoondukai vinayaka


The temple has festivals almost throughout the year. 

In the Tamil month of Aipasi amavasya is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of karthigai,karthigai viratham is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of Maasi,Annual greater festival is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of Vaikasi visakam festival is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of chithirai (April) Tamil new year is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of thai,poosam festival and pongal festival is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of panguni,uthiram festival is celebrated. 

In the Tamil month of Avani annual festival is celebrated. 

In the month of November, besides these festivals Soorasamhara is celebrated.

During these festivals people used to take kavadi to the temple. Some people will pull the cars connected with the nails pierced in their bodies. Some people will pierce their toungue with the spear. Besides these the god will come out of temple in Golden chariot in every week.




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