ARUPADAI VEEDU
Murugar Temple, Chennai, Tamilnadu

The Arupadai Veedu Murugar temple is located in Besant Nagar, on the Bay of Bengal shore, near the Ashtalakshmi temple.

There are innumerable temples for the Tamil God Murugar in Tamilnadu, but six temples are considered most important - The arupadai veedus of Muruga. These are Palani near Madurai (Dhandaayutapani), Swamimalai (Swaminathanaswamy), Tiruchendur - (Bala Subramanya Swami and Senthilandavar), Tiruttani near Tirupati and Chennai (Bala Subramanya Swami), Tirupparamkunram near Madurai (Subramanyaswami), Pazhamudirsolai near Alagar Koyil near Madurai (Solaimalai Murugan). The deities in these temples depict various stages in Lord Muruga's life -
as an angry child in Palani
offering upadesam to his father in Swamimalai
destroyed Surapadman & worshipped Lord Siva in Tiruchendur
after destroying the asura Surapdman in Tiruttani
married Deivayaanai in Tirupparankundram
with Valli & Deivayaanai in Pazhamudirsolai

This temple complex, a granite structure was built in Chennai with the sole purpose of awarding the devotees an opportunity to worship all the six Murugas in one shrine. Dr. Alagappa Alagappan started the venture with the blessings of Sri Sri Maha Periyavaal of Kanchi Mutt. The Swaamimalai praahaaram was built first in 1995. The Mahaavallabha Ganapati sannadhi, the Palani and Tiruttani praakaarams were completed and consecrated in 1998. Finally the Tiruchendur, Tirupparankundram and Palamudirsolai sannadhis were completed in 2002 & the consecration took place in the presence of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on 21st June 2002.

The Swamimalai temple is situated at the northeast, Tiruchendur at the east, Pazhamudirsolai and Tirupparankundram at the south, Palani at the west and Tiruttani in the northwest. The Mahavallabha Ganapati temple is in the center.

Apart from the regular poojas & daily rituals, there are special poojas on Thai Pusam, Panguni Uttiram, Aadi Krittikai, Skanda Shashti. These festivals are celebrated in the traditional style with Kaavadi, Paal Kudam, etc.

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