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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Parrys Kandaswamy Temple

This temple is located at the Rasappa Chetty Street.

When Mari Chettiar and Kandappa Achari were going to Thirupporur Murugan temple by walk, they rested at a place and a dream came to both of them simultaneously that there is a Murugan idol below the earth there. The idol was unearthed, brought here and a temple was built during 1670s. The main deity here is Thirupporur Kandaswamy and the Urchava idol is Muthukumara Swamy. 
Inside the temple, the ‘Saravana Poihai’ temple tank is present and surprisingly the water is at the same level as when the temple was built many hundred years ago, in spite of being located in the city’s densest commercial place. 
The temple has a Rajagopuram and many prakarams adorned with sculptures and carvings. The temple deity is Lord Muruga known by the name as Selva Muthu Kumaraswamy, guarded by the two brave warriors. The consorts of the idol (Valli and Devayani) are enshrined on both sides of the main sanctum. The specialty of this temple is the Panchaloha image of Thirumuruga Kripanandha Variyar.
At the entrance of the temple, there is a hall called Parivedan mandapam. Sculptured image of Vezhmugathu Vinayakar in sitting and standing postitions are kept on either side of the mandapam. To the front of the Artha mandapam, there is a dwajasthambam (Flag Staff). The Mukha mandapam is where the idols of Sarva Siddhi Vinayakar, Meenakshi Sundareswarar, Idumban, Sri Vallalar, and Pamban Swamigal are found along with the image of Mari Chettiyar.
Marriage Hall Inside Temple
The main festivals celebrated here are Skanda Shashti, Thaipusam and Vaikasi Visakam.

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