Saturday, September 26, 2015

Chennimalai Murugan Temple, Perunthurai, Erode

Chennimalai Murugan Temple, Perunthurai, Erode
Chennimalai Murugan Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located at Chennimalai near Perunthurai in Erode District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Siragiri Dhandayuthapani. This temple is situated at about 600 meters above sea level and this hill is noted for its natural flora and fauna. This Temple is built on a hill accessed through a flight of 1000 steps, and through a motorable road. At the bottom of the hill is the Kailasanathar temple, which is the scene for the annual festival here. This Temple is the most famous temple of Lord Muruga in Erode District.

The Pooja and Festivities are conducted according to Karana, Kamiga and Aagama rules and regulations by Archakas belonging to Markandeya Gothra. The Lord of mountains 'Kurinji Andavar', Murugan is highly praised and sung with reference to this abode in Kundruthor├ódal. Chennimalai is one of them and abounds in natural beauty and splendor. The temple of Chennimalai is situated on the banks of Noyyal also called Kanchima Nadhi. The popular daily prayer of Murugan Devotees, Kanda Shasti Kavacham was first offered to the world in this temple by Balan Devaraya Swamigal.

Legends & History
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
Gopuja is done at 5.30 A.M daily and the hill temple is opened for darshan and Pooja from 6.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M without any intermission. The temple is closed at 8.15 P.M after the Ardhajama pooja.
Pooja Timings
The daily puja is conducted as per the tradition of Kamika Agamam. The puja timings are;
S. No
First Time Pooja
07.00 A.M
Morning Pooja
08.00 A.M.
Uchi Kala Pooja
12.00 P.M.
Saya Raksha Pooja
05.00 P.M.
Rakkala Pooja
07.00 P.M.
Arthajama Pooja
08.00 P.M
15-day Thaipoosam festival (January-February) draws a crowd in lakhs while the 7-day Panguni Uthiram in March-April and 6-day Skanda Sashti in October-November draw crowds in thousands. Chitra Pournami, Vaikasi Visagam, Aadi New Moon Day are also celebrated here. Monthly Kruthika days and days related to Muruga worship, Tamil and English New Year days, Deepavali are days of festivals in the temple.
On every month new moon day, Shasti and Kirthikai special festivals are conducted. Prayers to Lord Murugan is conducted in a very passionate way on every Tuesday on this Temple. Chariot Procession will also be done on every Tuesday evening. The annual festival is celebrated at the Kailasanathar temple at the bottom of the hill in the month of Thai.
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The observance of Shasti fast is also a special feature in this temple. Many devotees take this vow and spend 6 days fasting and praying at the temple premises. The monthly Shasti day after the new moon is also observed with great reverence. Particularly those devotees without progeny sincerely observe this Shasti fast and there are many instances of families coming traditionally on getting their vow fulfilled. Another most important feature here is that the popular daily prayer of Murugan Devotees, Kanda Shasti Kavacham was first offered to the world in this temple by Balan Devaraya Swamigal. From that day onwards till today many devotees keep chanting this prayer every day.
Asking for the Lord's permission before taking up any task like building a new house or getting their children married or any other issue is customary in this temple. Devotees offer an Archanai and perform Sirasappu offering. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative, the devotees do not venture further. A speciality of this Sthala is that Childless couple, who follow ‘Vratha’ on the sixth day from Amavasya (Shasti) are blessed with Children.
Subramanya Swami Temple,
Chennimalai, Perunthurai Taluk,
Erode District – 638 051
Phone: +91 4294 250 223 / 292 263 / 292 595
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