May 25, 2016

Kundrathur Murugan Temple

Site Name: Murugan Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Kundrathur, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of the popular temples in the outskirts of Chennai city
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Kundrathur is a peaceful locality near Chennai city. The peaceful village has many temples. However, the site is popular mainly due to its hilltop Murugan temple. Let us explore  this temple in this article. 

Legend:

As per the legend, Lord Subramanya (Murugan) stayed for sometime on the hills of Kundrathur while travelling from Tiruporur to Tiruttani. He also installed a Shiv Linga in this site.


History:

The temple was built by Kulotunga Chola II.


Temple Layout:

The most famous temple of Kundrathur is situated on top of a small hill which can be reached through 84 steps. It is the only Murugan temple which faces the north direction. 

The sanctum enshrines Lord Subramanya along with his two consorts Valli and Devasena. It is designed in such a way that Subramanya is seen either with Valli or with Devasena when viewed from the Ardha Mandap.

The temple has a Raja gopura. In front of the sanctum, the flag staff, bali peetha and Mayura vahan are found. On the way to the hilltop temple, there is a shrine for Valanchuzhi Vinayak. 

In Ardha Mandap, there is an east facing shrine of utsav idols of Subramanya and his two consorts. In Maha Mandap, there is a shrine for Shiv Linga and Ganesh. 

Dakshinamurti, Vishnu and Durga are found as the niche idols. The sub shrines of Navagraha, Naga Linga under the tree, Vishwanatha-Vishalakshi and Bhairav are found in the prakara. 

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