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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Tirupporur
Abodes of Skanda >>Tirupporur
Travel Base: Chennai

This well visited temple dedicated to Subramanyar is located at a distance of about 45 km from Chennai enroute to Mamallapuram. It is an ancient temple dating back to the Pallava period.

Tirupporur is also known as Poriyur or Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri. Legend has it that after vanquishing Soorapadman, Skanda destroyed the rest of the demons here.

Legend also has it that Skanda enunciated the principle of pranava or reality to the devas here. The very concept of Pranavam is said to have worshipped Skanda here, and the hill behind the temple is known as Pranava Malai.

Legend also has it that Vishnu worshipped Shiva on the Pranava hill. Legend also has it that Skanda worshipped Shiva as Vanmeekeswarar to rid himself of the sin of having killed Soorapadman.

History: There are inscriptions from as early as the 10th century as well as those from the period of Vikrama Chola of the 12th century CE. This temple was rebuilt in the 17th century by Chidambara Swamigal, said to be a descendant of one of the poets of the tamil sangam of madurai.He is said to have discovered the imag eof Skanda in an anthill, and then rebuilt the temple and reinstalled the image.

This temple enshrines Skanda in several forms relating to legends from the Skanda puranam. The foremost of these is the depiction of Skanda as a warrior, Samhara Subramanyar. He is also enshrined in the form of a child, expounding the meaning of the oneness of creation Om to his father Shiva.

Skanda is enshrined with his consorts Valli and Devasena in an east facing sanctum. No abhishekams are offered to these images. The 24 pillared hall and the 30 pillared circular hall are other features of this temple. There is a shrine to Vembadi Vinayakar under a neem tree.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Skanda Sashti is celebrated in the month of Aippasi. Other festivals celebrated here include Margazhi Tiruvadirai and Navaratri. is data about the temple