Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple – Sri Murugananda Sangeeta Thiruppukazh Sabha

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple – Sri Murugananda Sangeeta Thiruppukazh Sabha
As an ancient temple town, Thiruchendur is home to ancient traditions, of which Kanda Sashti festival is the most famous. Like any ancient pilgrimage center, however, Thiruchendur has witnessed slow but steady change over the centuries. Over the centuries, for instance, there have been times when local kings felt that more Brahmin priests were required to conduct the elaborate services for Lord Senthil Andavar. Today, however, there are so many Iyer families in Thiruchendur that most can scarcely make a decent livelihood by continuing their ancestral calling.
One of Tiruchendur's fading traditions is its Sri Murugananda Sangeeta Thiruppukazh Sabha, the 'Assembly for Music of Divine Praise of Murugan'. The Sabha has maintained its own spacious Thiruppukazh Manimandiram hall since its founding over sixty years ago. Even today a resident Brahmachari maintains the hall and conducts daily services at its shrine room.
But the aging and dwindling population of Thiruppukazh devotees in Thiruchendur finds it difficult to maintain its center there and has appealed to Murugan Bhakti to save it from eventual collapse. The entire center has been offered to Murugan Bhakti enthusiasts to develop into a residential ashram.
Muthu Subramania Deekshithar, Trustee
Sri Murugananda Sangeeta Thiruppukazh Sabha
63, South Car Street
Thiruchendur – 628 215,
Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: (091) 4639 2445731

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