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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tiruporur Murugan Temple

The History of Thiruporur start with the battle of Thiruporur was fought against “Thalayaya Asuran” in ether or Air and connotes the vanquishing of  "arrogance or pride". The conflict between good and evil has always fascinated mankind. The places where such battles were waged have attained historical immortality.  Legend has it that Lord Muruga fought with Thaaraga in this place and slayed him. Hence the name Porur. 'Por' in Tamil means war. Stone inscriptions state the names as 'Samarapuri' and 'Yudhapuri', which are synonymous. When Lord Muruga's spear pierced the earth, water came gushing out and that is the 'Vallaiyaar odai', the holy tank. Thiruporur is an ancient little hamlet nestling around the imposing "Arulmigu Kandaswamy Thirukoil".
It was over 450 years ago, the founding guru of Thiruporur Adhinam Srimad Chidambara Swamy who was an ardent worshipper of "Madurai Meenakshi Amman" had a vision of the Goddess bidding him to build a temple for Lord Muruga at Thirupporur.  This happened when the savant challenged the Goddess that he would not eat until she graced him with her vision. Many days passed and Chidambaraswamy was almost in a coma. Suddenly he could hear the anklets of the Goddess Meenakshi and when he opened his eyes slightly he got a magnificent glimpse of the divine feet.
The Goddess then raised the swamy to his feet and as her hands touched him, his skin turned golden. She told him that six earlier attempts to establish the temple had failed. Chidambaraswamy reached Thiruporur to find it was a dense forest full of palm trees. He could hardly make out where the attempts to build the temple had been made. When he had despaired of locating the site, Lord Muruga himself appeared as a small boy and gave him the vision of the sanctum sanctorum. Thereafter, Chidambaraswamy unearthed the Swayambu Moortis of Lord Muruga with his consorts and established the temple.

Those days Thiruporur was one of the hamlets under the reign of a minor Muslim ruler. When the Muslim ruler's daughter was afflicted with a form of virtigo, his minister "the dubash" suggested that the ruler seek the blessings of the nearby Chidambaraswamy as all other efforts to cure his young daughter had proved unfruitful. The Muslim ruler accepted the suggestion and prostrated, along with his daughter before Shri Chidambaraswamy. When Sri Chidambaraswamy applied the sacred ash to his daughter's body, she was cured instantly. In his unbounded happiness, the ruler gifted the entire land to the Kandaswami Adhinam and built a shrine to Devayanai in the temple. Shri Chidambaraswamy established the "Satakshra Yanthram" in the temple and pleaded to Lord Muruga to empower it.

Today people who pray in this temple are blessed with their daughter's marriage,  victory in legal suits, and recuperation after long illnesses”. Northwest of the temple is a small hillock where Lord Siva as "Kailasanatha" and Parvati as "Balambiga" are present. It is believed that sage Kanva worshipped in this place, which is much more ancient than the Kandaswamy temple. The Visaka utsavam in Vaikasi month is very elaborately celebrated in this temple and the entire village partakes of the annadanam on that particular day. A fast undertaken on the "Vaikasi Visakam" is said to take one close to spiritualism.

This shrine is indeed very special for Lord Shiva as He lives along with His family in this shrine. Lord Shiva is called as Vanmeega Nathar and the Goddess is Punniyakaarani. The holy tree of this place is the Vanni tree. Pictures depicting the life of Chidambaram Swamigal can be seen in the temple. Chidambaram Swamigal was actually a very proud person. He installed two chakras, one in the sanctum sanctorum and the next on a platform in an exclusive sanctum sanctorum. Daily poojas are conducted for these chakras. And in the second one images of Vinayaka. Muruga, Valli, Devasena and various other gods have been engraved. It is believed that any prayers to this chakra will be heard. A rare vibration can be felt while we are in the sannidhi, which is believed to be due to the power of the chakra. Chidambaram Swamigal is believed to have stayed in this temple from the year 1645-1659 and involved himself in the temple activities.
This temple attracts lots of devotees during days of Visakam, Krithigai and Thiruvaathirai and on sashti. The 'Soorasamhara' festival, the day on which Lord Muruga slayed the asura Soorapadman, is celebrated with great fervor.  Apart from this, the spring festival (from mid April to mid May) and the Navarathri festival (during September and October) are also celebrated with great pomp and splendor. Worshipping Kandaswami of this place is believed to be as effective as worshipping Lord Muruga in 'Aarupadai Veedu'. 
This tank has never dried so far; at least no one has ever heard of it has 9 wells in it. It is so much attractive that people are tempted to have bath / swim. As it is highly slippery due to fungus on the steps of the tank, it is advised that people observe a lot more care while take bath / wash in this tank. The temple tank has a shrine of Ganga Vinayaka and brims with water.

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