Tiruchendur is about 45 kms from
Tuticorin. Tiruchendur is one of the six abodes
of Lord Muruga and an important pilgrim centre
for Hindus. Of the six abodes, this is the only
one in sea shore while all the others are hills.
The other five spots are Thiruthani,
Thiruparamkundram, Pazhamudhir Cholai,
Swamimalai and Pazhani.
This isthalam is
sung by Arunagirinadhar and also referred in
Thirumurugatrupadai. The festivals Thai Poosam
and Kanda Shasti draw a massive throng in
Tiruchendur every year. No other temple in India
spends as much money for Sandalwood and Vibhuthi
as the temple in
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say that Lord Subramanya has appeared in
Tirichendur as "Senthilandavar" to
demolish the demon Soorapadman.
Veeramahendram, the fortress of Lord
Senthilandavar is believed to be in the middle
of the sea.
temple is on the sea shore touching the waves of
the Bay of
Bengal and has got an impressive
gopuram of height 137 feet with 9 layers which
can be seen even from miles away. The temple is
facing south while the God in the inner shrine
faces East. The Shanmuga
Vilasa Mandapam is famous for its
carved pillars. The temple has got 2
Sannidhi is essentially carved out of a cave.
There are separate shrines for Goddesses Valli
and Deivanai. Right near the shrine of Lord
Subramanya is the Panchalingam shrine
which is also the extension of the cave.
Pilgrims can enter this shrine through a narrow
tunnel. Inside this, there are five Siva Lingams
believed to be worshipped by Lord Subramanya.
Next to this is the shrine for Uthsavar where
Senthilandavar lies with Valli and
the outer prakaram there are shrines for
Mukkunni Vinayakar etc. The outer prakaram
consists of corridors with huge pillars
presenting the fine artwork of the ancient
builders. In the north, there is a shrine for
Venkatachalapathi and sub shrines
for Gajalakshmi and Lord Pallikonda Ranganathar
is a shrine for Lord
Shanmughar with six faces and twelve
arms in the pose of a warrior. In the outer
prakaram, there is a opening through which one
can hear the Pravana Mantram Om from the sound of
is a step
well near the temple known as Naazhi
Kinaru or Skanda
Puskarini. This springs up when the
spear of Lord Senthilandavar pierces the ground.
This well has two divisions - outer well and a
well. The water in the outer well is
black in colour. The inner well is actually a
spring and its water is clean and pure
although it is located near the sea. Pilgrims
after bathing in the sea come here to bath here
which is considered to be sacred.
is a small cave near the temple where Goddess Valli hides
out of fear of an elephant which follows her.
Only 4 persons can be inside this cave at a