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Temples & Legends Of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil


Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples& Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




The war against Surapadman and the success over him are celebrated every year at Tiruchendur on the days till Skanda. Shashti i.e. the sixth day of the waxing moon in the Tula month (October - November). These six days are considered to be very sacred in
the Hindu religious calendar. The Skandapurana is read at this time with devotion, in private houses and in the temple, with the hope of getting both material and spiritual benefits from Lord Skanda. Many devotees observe Nirjala fast on these days that are they do not drink even water.

Originally the temple was of a very modest construction, but during the course of about 1000 years many additions and alterations were made by different Pandya and Chera kings, their vassals, and the wealthy people of the locality, as a result of which the present gigantic structure has grown up. "Tiruchendur’ means a sacred and prosperous town of victory. The temple was originally constructed on the sandstone reefs of the beach, but due to corrosion by the sea, the stone began to disintegrate. A noble Sanyasin, Mouna Swami, took up the renovation work and it was followed tip by two others in succession for 72 years and the noble edifice of three prakarams was constructed anew in black granite stone.

The Gopuram is on the west (instead of being in the east as usual because of the sea) and is a gigantic structure of nine Storeys with a height of 137 feet, commanding a good view of the surrounding area. History, states that the Gopurarn was constructed roughly 300 years ago by Desikamurtiswami, an Odukathu Tambiran of the then Head or Maha Sannidhanam of Tiruvaduturai Mutt,
Tanjore District.

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