to worship his fattier, Siva. As there was no Siva shrine there, Maya, the celestial
architect, constructed the temple of Siva in the sea front and Subrahmanya worshipped
there. This is said to be the origin of this holy abode of Lord Kumara. Each temple has
its own sanctity. Yet there is difference in degree. This shrine of Tiruchendur is
believed to be most liked by Subrahmanya and has been given the second place among His
shrines in the Skanda puranam, the first being Palani.
According to the physiographical five-fold division of land, Muruga is assigned the hill
country, Kurinji, and his shrines are
invariably situated amidst mountains or forests as such places are dear to him. The
deviation from the usual, in this case, is due to the mission that he undertook in behalf
of the devas.
Just as Surapadman was troubling the devas in the South, another demon named Tarakasura,
brother of Surapadman, was
troubling them in the North. Muruga killed Tarakasura at Cambay, situated between Mahe and
Sabaramati rivers, known in olden days as Kambhat, and erected a pillar of victory
(Sthamba) in commemoration of his success. Similarly the Tiruchendur temple also may be
considered as a commemoration of the defeat of Surapadman in the south. From this camp at
Tiruchendur, war started against Surapadman and his brother and it lasted for five days,
when all the sons, the brother and the mighty hordes of the
demon gave battle to Subrahmanya at sea and in the air and were finally vanquished.