Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sri Vazhividum Murugan Temple, Ramanathapuram

Sri Vazhividum Murugan Temple, Ramanathapuram
Sri Vazhividum Murugan Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located in Ramanathapuram town in Ramanathapuram District of Tamilnadu.

Many years ago, there was a Bodhi tree in the place where the temple now exists. A vel (Lord Muruga’s weapon) was planted under the tree and pujas were performed. As this was very near a court, devotees passing through the Vel were praying for a verdict in their favour.
Those who could not go for legal remedies and those innocents implicated in criminal cases worshipped Muruga in the form of his Vel for remedies and got relieved from the hardships they were in. That means they got a life and way. Hence, Muruga in this temple came to be known to the devotees as Vazhividum Murugan – Muruga showing the way. He graces his devotees as their constant companion throughout their life, people believe.
The Temple
As a custom in our temples, Lord Vinayaka is on the left side of the shrine while Lord Muruga will be on the right so that the devotees worship Him on their return from the sanctum sanctorum. In this temple, both Vinayaka and Muruga grace together from the sanctorum itself. This is a very rare form in this temple.

Sin cleaning Chaya Tree:
Chaya is the name of the Mother of Saturn planet. There is a tree in the temple called Chaya. The tree is being worshipped by the devotees as Saturn’s mother. The belief is that the planet downplays his effects on people praying to the tree considering it as a direction to him by the Mother. It is noteworthy that such a tree is also in the Murugan temple in Kadirkamam in Sri Lanka. Swamynatha swamy temple is nearby this Temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Thai Poosam (January-February) and Tirukarthikai (November-December) are the festivals observed in the temple.
Brothers fighting for partition of properties and going for legal steps pray here for a solution. The prayer leads to peaceful compromise between them. Lord Muruga shows the way – Vazhividum Murugan. Devotees offer abishek and clothings (Vastras) to Lord Muruga.
Sri Vazhividum Murugan Temple,
Ramanathapuram, Ramanathapuram District
Mobile: +91-98948 87503
Ramanathapuram is 140 Km from Madurai. The temple is just near the bus stand. Nearest railway station is Ramanathapuram and nearest airport is Madurai. 

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