Poravacherry Murugan Temple, Nagapattinam
Poravacherry Murugan Temple is situated at Poravacherry four kilometers from Nagapattinam on the Nagapattinam -Tiruvarur route just one kilometer from Sikkal. Poravacherry, Ettukudi and Enkan, are three Subramanya Swamy temples, in which the idols were sculpted by same sculptor in same pattern. The complete idol is of single granite stone.
There lived a sculptor in the village named Porulvaitha Cheri about a km away from Sikkal town of Nagapattinam district. He was a great devotee of Lord Muruga and used to chants Saravana manthram always. He sculpted an idol of Arumugan on peacock. The idol was beautiful and the Chola king who happen, to see this was impressed. He was too greedy and wanted the idol to be unique one of its kind in his kingdom. So he removed the thumb of sculpture so that, he may not be able to make another similar idol.
The sculpture moved away from the place and on his way he saw a stone with all good qualities to make an idol. With great effort he started working on the stone. The king Mutharasan who was ruling that place saw him working with lot of effort and dedication. He was visiting the place to see the development in the work. He made another idol of Arumugan exactly similar to the previous one. At the time of completion light rays passed over the sculpture and the peacock started flying with Arumugan on its back. The sculpture lost his eye sight.
He screamed out to catch (Etti Pidi- which means catch in tamil language) the peacock, At that time Raja Mutharasan was entering inside, his soldiers caught hold of the peacock and made a scar on the leg. The complete thing became an idol and the king built a temple in the same place which was known as Ettipidi. Over a period the name became Ettukudi in usage. The sculpture with the help of his daughter was able to sculpt another idol of Arumugan which was installed at Enkan. At the completion of the sculpture he got back his eye sight.
The Lord Subramanyar is sculpted with six face (Arumugan) and ten hands. He is seen with weapons, in ten hands, and two hands are Abhaya Varadha Hastham. He carved the idol with every detail of the 6 faces of the lord with separate ear ring holes, fingers and toes with nails. Lord Murugan is seen in seated form on his peacock which holds a snake to its beak. The sculpture of Subramanian is beautiful with minute details like finger, and nails which gives a feeling of life in the sculpture. The peacock is holding a snake in its mouth and the snake is curving with a hole. This is the specialty about the Lord Subramanyar idol in all three places.
Lord Shanmuga with his consorts Valli and Devayanai is in the form of granite statue. The peacock, Lord Muruga and the Thiruvasi are all made of a single piece of granite. Lord Subramanya received Vel from his mother Parvathy to fight against Sooran. As we go around we see Lord Ganesha named as Annadhana Pillaiyar. There is a separate sanctum for Ambal, who is worshiped as Swarna kalika Devi. Lord Siva is seen here, in Linga form known as Sundareswarar and his consort Meenakshi. There is a place here for Idumban.
Arunagirinathar sung Thirupugazh on Lord Murugan of this temple.
This temple is situated at Poravacherry four kilometers from Nagapattinam on the Nagapattinam – Tiruvarur route just one kilometer from Sikkal. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.