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Murugan Aru Padai Veedu by Women

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Hindu God Lord Muruga also referred as Saravana, Karthikeya, Dandayuthapani is a great warrior and is son of Lord Siva and goddess Sakthi. His dwellings in Southern India are called as Murugan aru padai veedu. This essay portrays the history of each place.
Hindu God Lord Muruga also referred as Saravana, Karthikeya, Dandayuthapani is a great warrior and is son of Lord Siva and goddess Sakthi. His dwellings in Southern India are called as Murugan aru padai veedu. This essay portrays the history of each place.

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1.Thiruparamkundram
It is at a distance of eight kilometers from Madurai in South India. This holy place is associatedwith the divine marriage of Muruga with Tevayanai. Tiru Jñana Sambhandar and SundaramurtiSwamigal, two of the Saiva Samaya quartet visited Tiruparamkundram. There is a sacred tank known as Saravana Poygai in the temple precincts.
2. Thiruchendur
The Subramanya shrine at Tiruchendur is situated by the seashore. It is 60km from Tirunelveli,Tamilnadu Muruga vanquished the demonic forces led by Soorapadma at Tiruchendur. TheLord's heroic fight with Soora is enacted with religious fervor here during the annual SkandaSashti festival shortly after Deepavali (October-November), which draws half a million devoteeson the sixth day alone. Though the temple is in close proximity to sea, the interior of the sanctumsanctorum, holds a hillock there. The deity doesn’t hold the usual 'Vel' in hand at this temple,since He is depicted as one offering puja to Siva in recompense for taking so many lives in battle.Jagadguru Adi Sanakara (8th century) visited the Tiruchendur temple and offered prayers. Thefamous hymn Sri Subramanya Bhujangam and Kandar Kali Venba were composed at this sacredspot.
3. Palani
Palani is the third Padai Veedu. The other names of Pazhani are Sivagiri and Sivamalai. It is 60km from Dindigul in western Tamil Nadu. While Sri Dandayudhapani blesses devotees from the
 
hill top, there is a more ancient Muruga temple at the foot of the hill, which is calledTiruvavinankudi. It is believed that sage Agasthya did penance at Tiruvavinankudi and learnedthe five grammars of Tamil language under Lord Muruga's expert guidance. The Golden ChariotFestival (A very famous occation in which golden image of the Lord goes around the temple inGold Plated Chariot) 
4. Swamimalai
 It is also called as Tiruverakam. It is at a distance of 8 km from Kumbakonam in Tanjore District.The Lord here presents Himself as Gurunatha Who taught the essence of Pranava to His Father,Siva ('Swami') and thus became Swaminatha. Arunagirinathar obtained darshan of the divinelotus feet of Lord Muruga here.The Soora Vahana Festival (Lord Muruga is seated above theAsura Soorapadhman and is taken around the temple)
 5. Thiruthani
 Kundruthoraadal is a generic term which denotes many a hill having holy shrines of Muruga.Tiruttani is prominent among them. It 13km from Arakonam, near Chennai. In Tiruttanai,Murugan is in a soothing and relaxed mood. His ire over Soora and his kinsmen, whom Hevanquished in battle, has cooled down. His two divine consorts, Valli and Teyvayanai are withHim at this temple. Tiruttani has a unique distinction since it is the favourite hill of Murugaamong all the hills in the world. The Lord Himself has said so to Valli, as we learn from theValliammai Tirumanam chapter of the Kanda Puranam. There is a school of thought which professes that Muruga preached the essence of Pranava to His Father Siva in Tiruttani, which isalso known as Santadri and Paripoornachalam. Every year, on December 31, a large number of devotees congregate at Tiruttani. They sing Tiruppugazh while climbing the steps leading to thetemple at the hill top and worship the Lord Thanigesa (Muruga).Mirror Festival (Kannadi Sevai - where the Lord's Six faces are exposed through a mirror andworshipped) 
6. Pazhamudhircholai
 It is last in the series of six holy places. It is at a distance of about 20 km from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The temple of Muruga, Who is flanked by Valli and Teyvayanai, is located amidst quietand beautiful landscape. At the top of the hill, is Noopura Ganga, a perennial waterfall with a
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