Tiruchendur - a divine village in sea shore, Tuticorin District, Tamilnadu

Tiruchendur, a divine village in south Tamilnadu is a sacred place for Hindu people. It is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (six houses of Murugan - a tamil God). God Murugan, son of Lord Shiva, is known as the Tamil God. I have given some details about this village, where I am from. Hope many know this sacred place. I have just given some details about the Temple and about the village, now becoming a big town.

History of Tiruchendur Village, Tamilnadu

Tiruchendur is situated in South Tamilnadu, approximately 600 kilometers from Chennai. It has a beautiful sea shore. Lorg Murugan Temple is built in sea shore. Lord Murugan, son of Lord Shiva has many names, Shanmuga, Kanthan, Senthil Andavar, Muthukumaran, like that.. Lord Murugan is in Tiruchendur as Senthil Andavar, with valli and Deivayanai. Moovar Samadhi is near the sea shore, who were main in builing this Temple. Ayya Vazhi Vaikundar temple is in the sea shore and siththar samadhi for Sathru Samhara murthy is also there in sea shore.

Tiruchendur Lord Muruga temple Story

Lord Muruga temple has an interesting story. According to the epics, Lord Murugan killed a Demon named Surapadman here in Tiruchendur. After killing Surapadman, Murugan used his spear and created the Naazhi Kinaru (a good drinking water spring), just near the Sea Shore. After the event of killing Surapadman, every year Soorasamharam and Skandashasti is celebrated here.

And once in 1649, the idol of Lord Murugan was taken away by Dutch Pirates. The Dutch pirates came from the Virapandianpatnam, a nearby village sea, entered the temple. And when they were ordered to leave by the Nayak King ruling from Madurai, they broke into the temple and took with them the idol of Lord Murugan. When they were in the sea, heavy storm and rain happened and tried to drown their ship. Afraid of this event, the Dutch pirates dropped the idol of Lord Murugan into the sea. And on of a sudden the Heavy rain and storm stopped.

At the shore people were worried about the lost of idol. Lord Murugan appeared in the dream of Vadamalayappa pillai (a devotee of Murugan) and informed him what happened to the idol and ship of Dutch. Lord Murugan told him about the location where he can find the idol. And Vadamalayappa Pillai went into the sea along with fisherman, found a lemon floating in water, and there in deep sea they found the idol of Lord Murugan. This happened in 165 A.D. All these events are drawn in the Temple premises.

Many festivals like Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam, Vaikasi visakam and Skandashasti are celebrated. Two maha utsavams called Aavaniperunthirunaal and Maasiperunthirunaal are celebrated.

Education in Tiruchendur,Tuticorin District, Tamilnadu

Tiruchendur is in Tuticorin District, and the constituency is alinged with Tuticorin Constituency. Adhithanar Arts College is very famous here. Also, Govindhammal Adhithanar College for women, Dr.Sivanthi Adhithanar college for Physical Education, Dr.Sivanthi Adhithanar Teacher training institute, B.Ed college, Dr.Sivanthi Adhithanar college of Engineering are from same group of Institutions. The education is good here, literacy rate is more than 80%. Nearby, around 10 kms towards Tuticorin, a CBSE school named Kamlavati Higher Secondary school is there, formed by Darangadara Chemical Works (DCW) which has its plant there, giving employment to thousands of people. Also many other schools like Arulmigu Senthil Andavan Government Boys Higher Secndary school, Anita Kumaran Matriculation School, Kanchi Sankara Matriculation school, Central higher Secondary school and Kayalpatnam Arumuganeri Higher secondary schools are offering good values education here.

How to reach Tiruchendur

Tiruchendur is surrounded with Palm trees, Banana trees and other crops.
Many villages near Tiruchendur are involved in irrigation and Agriculture is main there. Uppalam, a salt forming, salt cultivation is also famous here.
Nearby Tiruchendur many fisherman villages like Alandalai are there.
Every year thousands of people are coming to Tiruchendur for worshipping Lord Murugan. The road transport is good with many buses from Chennai, Madurai, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli. A railway station is here, connected by a Train from Chennai. An Airport is in Tuticorin(around 40 kms), with flight service from Chennai.

The only request I want to add here is all the devotees who visit Tiruchendur should help in keeping the sea shore clean. Lots and lots of waste are dumped in shore which creates bad non hygeinic atmosphere and bad image for the Temple.
Please people, help Tiruchendur temple to keep clean.

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