Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva is an interesting and adorable god of Hindus. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Murugan is said to have six faces on a single body. Because of that, he is also called as the ‘Aarumugan’ ( Aaru – Six, Mugan – face ). For each face, there is an individual abode called as veedu in Tamil. Now, here you are going to know about the six faces of Lord Murugan and his respective six abodes. The six sites of Lord Murugan is called as the Aruppadai Veedu. You can navigate to those places with the information of locations given here. See through to make a devotional pilgrimage.
Lord Murugan’s Arupadai Veedu (Six holy shrines of Lord Murugan or Six Abodes of Lord Murugan )
1. Dhandayuthapani Temple, Palani of Arupadai Veedu
Arulmigu Shri Dhandayuthapani Temple is located in Palani, Dindugal near Coimbatore district. Here the idol is made up of the medicinal amalgam of 9 toxic substances. Lord Muruga will give an appearance in the form of a young child in haunch cloth with Dhandam as the weapon in his hand.
2. Subramanya Swamy Temple, Thiruthanigai of Arupadai Veedu
The temple has 365 steps symbolizing the 365 days of a year. Lord Murugan is celebrated during the festivals of Aadi krithikai and Aippasi Skanda Sashti.
3. Subramanya Swamy Temple, Thiruchendur of Arupadai Veedu
This temple has one of the largest temples with intricate structures in India. Thiruchendur temple is the richest temple amid the famous temples in Tamil Nadu. This was the temple built by saints and it is ISO certified. The temple emphasizes Raja Gopuram (gateway tower) in the western gate which is a rare occurrence.
4. Pazhamudircholai, Subramanya Swamy Temple of Arupadai Veedu
In this temple, there are separate holy places for Lord Murugan and his two wives Valli and Deivayanai. Only one temple tower exists for the temple which is situated in Madurai.
5. Thiruparankundram, Subramanya Swamy Temple of Arupadai Veedu
Another Murugan abode in Madurai is this temple which looks gigantic and majestic. It also has independent idols for Parangirinathar(Lord Shiva) and aavudai Nayaki(Goddess Parvati).
6. Swaminatha Swamy Temple, Swamimalai of Arupadai Veedu
This temple lies on the banks of River Kaveri or Cauvery. The temple stairs have 60 steps resembling 60 Tamil years. Lord Muruga temple is at the top and his parents’ temples are at the bottom. Vaikasi Visagam is famous in this temple.
Significance of Lord Murugan’s temple and its holistic features
Lord Murugan is a highly spiritual Lord who holds his significance a lot in Tamil Nadu. Most of the people mainly from the southern part of Tamil Nadu pray Lord Muruga on a larger basis. Arupadai Veedu is a very famous tourist spot to visit also. Many Pilgrimage people from outside of India also come eagerly to watch the beauty of Lord Murugan in all his six abodes. Out of the six, five temples are on Hills and only one is at the seashore. The seashore temple is none other than the Thiruchendur Lord Murugan temple of Tamil Nadu. When you plan to take a pilgrimage tour, mark Arupadai Veedu as important to view as it surely has to be on your list. Happy Pilgrimage…!