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Aarupadai Veedu Shrines of Skanda
Temples of Tamilnadu

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Skanda - also known as Murugan, Kartikeya, Subramanya is one of the most revered deities in the southern state of Tamilnadu. Of the multitude of temples dedicated to Skanda, the 6 most important ones are the Aaru Padai Veedu shrines, where it is believed that Skanda the commander of the Gods, sojourned during his battle with the demon Soorapadman. These shrines have been revered in 2000 year old Tamil poetry of the Sangam age.


Palani near Madurai enshrines Dhandayutapani in a hill temple. At the foot of the hill is Tiru Aavinankudi. Both these temples are visited by thousands throughout the year.

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Tirupparamkunram near Madurai enshrines Subramanya celebrating his marriage with Devasena the daughter of Indra. The shrine to Shiva here   has   been revered by the Tevaram hymns of the Nayanmars.
Pazhamudircholai near Alagar Koyil near Madurai is a simple shrine on the Pazhamudircholai hill enshrining Skanda. Swamimalai in the Chola Kingdom enshrines Swaminathan in a temple built on an artificial mound accessed through a flight of 60 steps symbolizing the 60 years that constitute the cycle of years in the Indian calendar. Tiruchendur enshrines Subramanyar and Senthilandavar in a vast temple with a lofty gopuram visible for miles,  on the shores of the ocean in Southern Tamilnadu.
palgold.jpg (44258 bytes) Tiruttani near Tirupati and Chennai enshrines Subramanya   in a hill temple accessed through a flight of 365 steps. It represents the site of Skanda's marriage with Valli. tiruppar.jpg (24007 bytes)