Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Ettukudi, Nagapattinam

Subramanya Swamy Temple, Ettukudi, Nagapattinam
Subramanya Swamy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Murugan located at Ettukudi in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Saint Arunagiri Nathar has glorified this through his hymns. Main deity is Lord Siva in Lingam form as Soundara Nayakar and his consort known as Anandavalli Thayar. Vanmeega Chittar attained Samadhi here. Samadhi is seen under the Vanni Tree. Theertham of this Temple is Saravana Poigai. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni tree.

But importance is given to Lord Murugan here. This temple is between Thiruvaimur and Thirukkuvalai; both are Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangals. This temple is famous for its Kaavadi procession. This temple is linked closely with the temples in Sikkal and Enkan Murugan Temples, through the legend that the images of Skanda in all three of these shrines were made by the same sculptor.

Legends
There once lived a sculptor in a village called Porulvaithaseri chanting ever the glory of Lord Muruga with Saravana Bhava mantra. He sculpted an idol of the Lord with six faces. Seeing the beauty of the idol, a jealous Chola king cut off the thumb of the sculptor so that he could not do another one for anybody. The sculptor moved to another village, enduring all the pain made out another one with equal beauty. The chieftain of the village saw this idol and enjoyed its beauty. While the idol was nearing completion rays of light flew from the idol and the peacock bearing Lord Muruga began to fly. The chieftain cried, jump and catch it meaning Ettipidi in Tamil. In the effort of catching it, the leg portion of the peacock was a little damaged. This idol was installed here. The name of the place came to be known as Ettipidi, changed to Ettikudi and finally stood as Ettukudi. The sculptor made a third idol also which was installed in Enkan. The first was installed in Sikkal, the second in Ettukudi. All the idols are similar in look. Lord Muruga in this temple appears in different forms to the eyes of the devotees depending on the imagination of their mind as a child, youth and an elderly person.

Etymology
The name Ettukkudi is derived from the fact that this shrine is surrounded by Shivastalams in all eight directions.

History
This temple dates around the 14th century and is in the architectural style of the Chola period built during the reign of a chieftain called Mutharasar.

The Temple
The temple has a huge pond in front and it is east facing with a small gopuram. The eastern gopuram leads to an outer praharam. Main deity is Lord Siva in Lingam form as Soundara Nayakar and his consort known as Anandavalli Thayar. Vanmeega Chittar attained Samadhi here. Samadhi is seen under the Vanni tree. Theertham of this Temple is Saravana Poigai. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni tree.

Other deities like Nardhana Ganapathy, Jurahareswarar, Srinivasa Soundarajan Perumal, Sani Bhagawan and Bairavar are located in the Prakaram. There is an ancient wooden car measuring 16 long and 16 widths at this temple. About 25 years before wheels and of the car were renovated. The temple car is taken on procession once in a year during Chithira Pournami festival.

Lord Muruga in this temple appears in different forms to the eyes of the devotees depending on the imagination of their mind as a child, youth and an elderly person. The Shanmukhar image is a monolithic Sculpture of Lord Muruga with 3 faces and 12 arms, seated on a Peacock facing towards North. The Sculpture is carved in such a way that the whole weight of the Sculpture is supported by the peacock's legs.

This temple is unique in that the head of peacock faces to the left, while in all other temples the face is to the right. The images of the two consorts of Murugan, Vali and Devayani, are on either side of deity. There are idols of the heroes who accompanied Lord Muruga for the war against Surapadma.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 4.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Festivals
Chitra Poornima (April-May) festival is celebrated for 10 days continuously. The temple will be opened on the previous day would not be closed till the following day of Poornima-full moon, when milk abishek would be performed continuously. Devotees would be thronging in thousands with their Milk Pot Kavadis – minimum 23,000. Skanda Sashti is celebrated for six days in Iyppasi (October-November) and Vishakham in Vaikasi (May-June) for a day. For the Ammai-Appa in the temple (Shiva and Shakti) Tiruvadhirai is celebrated in Margazhi (December-January). Kruthika is celebrated every month.
Karthigai festival is celebrated by performing Archanai, Paal Kaavadi and the presiding deity is taken on procession through the streets during night. Kandashasti festival is celebrated for 10 days during which procession of presiding deity takes place in the morning and Night. Soora Samharam is performed on the 6th day Divine wedding of Deivanai on 7th day Divine wedding of Valli on 8th day. Ollai chapparam festival is celebrated on 9th day. The temple day is kept open for continuous two days to facilitate devotees taking part in Paal Kaavadi abishekam and Archanai.
Prayers
The devotee is relieved of his/her sins when simply touching the Saravanapoihai water. Those suffering from fear complex, children in particular, gain confidence and courage as Lord Muruga appears as a Commander of the army taking his arrow from the chest on his back. The very majestic and heroic appearance of the Lord would make any coward a hero. When children hear the story of Lord Muruga defeating demon Sura from their parents, they shed fear and become optimistic in life, so is the faith of the people. Devotees perform Abhishekam and offer clothings to Lord Muruga as a token of their gratitude for his grace.
Contact
Arulmighu Subramaniaswamy Temple,
Ettukudi, Nagapattinam District – 610212
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 245 426
Connectivity
The temple is located at about 30 kms from Nagapattinam on the Thiruthuraipoondi Road and 28 Kms from Thiruvarur on Thiruvarur – Thiruthuraipoondi National Highway. It is located at distance of 19 kms from Thirukkuvalai. Frequent bus services are available. The bus from Thiruvarur to Vedaranyam passes through this Village. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy. 

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