Ettam Padai Veedu Temple, Triplicane, Chennai
Ettam Padai Veedu Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located at Triplicane in Chennai City in Tamilnadu.
The idol of Lord Muruga of this temple is placed in the Kandhaswamy Temple and Thiruporur Murugan Temple. The land for the temple construction was donated by Ms. Pachayammal and maintained by Dharmakartha Mr. K.S. Kathirvel Pillai and Mr. K. Subramaniyam. To restructure this temple, Thiruvallikkeni Thirumuruganadiyargal, the local devotees of Lord Muruga, started a devotional musical organization called "Bhajaneshwara" in 1978. From the remuneration they received, the initial structure of this temple was restructured.
The Ettam Padai Veedu Temple is the eighth Padaiveedu of Lord Muruga. Presiding Deity is called as Adiyaarku Ukantha Arputha Murugan and is facing west. In the first inner prakaram are the shrines of Pillayar, Kumbeswarar, Ambikai, and Sri Kanaga Durga. The Navagraha Sannidhi is beside the Ancient Pillar of Lord Muruga.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00. p.m. On festival days the temple opens at 4.30 a.m. till 10.30 p.m.
Besides regular services, days sacred to the god Subrahmanya are celebrated with pomp and splendour every year, and are attended by throngs of devotees from all over South India. Some of these festivals are the Thai-Poosam, Vaikasi Visakam, Seshadri Swamigal Jayanthi and the Soora-Samharam. Panguni Uthiram Festival is the most famous festival here. The six-day celebration includes homams, devotional music, Nadhaswaram concert, kavadiattam, special Abhishekam and annadhanam on the festival of Panguni Uthiram.
Pilgrims after first having taken a strict vow of abstinence, come barefoot, by walk, from distant towns and villages. Many pilgrims also bring a litter of wood, called a Kavadi, borne on their shoulders, in commemoration of the act of the demon Idumban who is credited by legend with bringing the two hills of Palani to their present location, slung upon his shoulders in a similar fashion. Others bring pots of sanctified water, known as theertha-Kavadi, for the priests to conduct the Abhishekam on the holy day.
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