Thirumuruganatheeswar Temple, Thirumuruganpoondi - Religious Significance
The temple follows Saivite tradition. The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis.
The temple rituals are performed four times a day:
· Ushakkalam - 6:00 a.m
· Kalasanthi - 8:00 a.m
· Uchikalam - 12:00 p.m
· Sayaratchai - 5:00 p.m
Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) & Deeparadhanai (waving of lamps) for Thirumuruganatheeswarar and Avudainayaki. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple. The temple is open from 5:30 am – 12:45 pm and 3:30 - 8:15 pm.
Brahmotsavam celebrated during the Tamil month of Maasi (February - March) for Sundarar and Mahasivarathri festival being the most prominent. There are other common festivals like Thaipoosam, Annabhishekam, Kanthasashti and Karthigai Deepam celebrated in the temple.
Sundarar, an 8th-century Nayanmar, venerated Thirumuruganatheeswarar in ten verses in Tevaram, compiled as the Seventh Thirumurai. As the temple is revered in Tevaram, it is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, one of the 275 temples that find mention in the Saiva canon. Out of the 275 temples that are revered by the three saints, Sundarar has exclusively visited 25 temples with this temple counting as one of them.
Of the five thandavams performed by Shiva in different places, this place is counted as the one where he performed the Brahma Thandavam. In modern times, the temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.