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Ettukudi Murugan Temple

Ettukudi Murugan Temple  

Etukudi Murugan or the Subramanya Swamy temple at Ettukudi, though not one of the Arupadai veedu - or Six Sacred Temples of Lord Muruga, achieved popularity mainly through veneration in songs including by the 14th century Tamil poet Saint Arunagirinathar and today, through folk music (kaavadi cindhu) and other devotional songs. This temple is famous for its kaavadi procession.



  • Vanmeekar Siddhar attained Samadhi in this place, We can see the Samadhi in this temple under the Vanni tree.
  • Chola architectural style.
  • Murugan has been revered by the hymns of Arunagirinathar


The Shanmukhar image is a monolithic Sculpture of Lord Muruga with 3 faces and 12 arms, seated on a Peacock facing towards North. The Sculpture is carved in such away the whole weight of the Sculpture is supported by the peacock's legs. This temple is unique in that the head of peacock faces to the left, while in all other temples the face is to the right. This fact is also mentioned in the Kandapuranam. The images of the two consorts of Murugan, Vali and Devayani , are on either side of deity. The temple has its own chariot and tank (like most other temples) of that era.  The name Ettikkudi is derived from the Etti trees which dominated this area. The name Ettukkudi is derived from the fact that this shrine is surrounded by Shivastalams in all eight directions.





This temple is linked closely with the temples in Sikkal and Ennkann Murugan Temples, through the legend that the images of Skanda in all three of these shrines were made by the same sculptor.





How to reach :  
Sri Ettukudi Murugan Temple, 
Ettugudi, Nagapattinam district. 

The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
This temple is situated between Thiruvaimur and Thirukkuvalai Shiva temples. ( Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal.)

Temple is located 30 km south west of Nagappattinam.  Well connected to Near by town Thiruthuraipoondi, Thiruvarur Nagappattinam & Velakanni.
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