'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Ettukudi Muruga - temple Ettukudi

Ettukudi Muruga - temple Ettukudi

We proceeded to Ettukudi on the Chennai ,Kumbakonam ,Thiruvarur ,Thirukuvalai route. When we crossed the Thyagaraja temple and Kamalalayam at Thiruvarur, the feeling was inexplicable. Whether it was devotion … ecstasy …joy … we couldn't identify. My husband's family lived on the northern bank of Kamalalayam some 35 years ago. When my parents-in-law and my husband recalled those unforgettable moments of their life at their house from where the temple tower was visible, I felt as if being drawn into the past along with them. They relived the moments of bathing in the Kamalalayam tank, visiting the temple at the centre of the tank and other delightful moments that connected their daily activities with the temple and its surroundings. Though Ettukudi was a place familiar to them when they were in Thiruvarur, we had to make enquiries on entering the town as many years had gone by after they left the place. Also, it was already dark. The people at Thirukuvalai recognized my brother-in-law Mohan at the first sight and they felt very happy to guide us. When they showed us the house of 'Kalaignar', their respect and love for the son of their soil was evident. Ettukudi is a small town in Nagappattinam district. There are many temples for Lord Subrahmanya here, all of them are famous. 'Sikkal' Singaravela, Ettukudi Muruga and 'Ennkann' Kandha all 'belong' to this 'sthala'! Lord Siva is the God of south, but Lord Muruga has made this place exclusively his abode! 

Architecture

The beautiful temple stands majestically amidst the paddy fields. 'Saravana poikai', the temple tank is situated opposite to the gate. There are two entrances to the temple. The northern entrance 'Kandhan arch' leads to the main sanctum while the southern entrance leads to the Ammaiyappan Sowndiranayaka 'sannidhi'. And, there is a 'sannidhi' for 'Siddhi' Vinayaka. The 'sthala vritcha' is 'vanni' tree. At the 'prahara', we can see the images of Vinayaka, 'Nava veeras', 'Koothaadum' Ganapathy, Suradeva, Srinivasa Soundararaja Perumal, Anjaneya, Manonmani Ammaiyar, Aiyyappa, Mahalakshmi, 'Navagrahas', Sani bhagwan and Bhairava. We can reach the 'sannidhi' of Ammaiyappa after having a 'darshan' of all these Gods. And, we are led to the inner 'mandap' where the 'sannidhi 'of Lord Muruga is situated. The Lord is portrayed in a sitting posture facing the south. The sight is an insatiable delight. Ambalakuthur 'sannidhi' is differently beautiful. The idol is portrayed as sitting on his mount peacock in a posture drawing an arrow from the quiver before He destroyed the demon Surapadman. The statue is fashioned in a posture that exhibits valor. Normally, in all the temples, the head of the peacock would be facing south. But, here, the peacock is portrayed with its head turned to the north. The 'sthalapurana' says that Indira took the form of the peacock and moved in to carry the Lord before the 'surasamhara'. Great sages Valmiki, Agasthya, Arunagirinatha and the Chola king Mutharasa were among those who worshipped at this 'sthala'. 

Ettukudi Muruga - temple Ettukudi

Reasons for the name 'Ettukudi'

There are many reasons cited for the place being called 'Ettukudi'. The place was previously a dense forest with thick 'etti' trees and hence the name, according to some. But there are variants. One variant says that when the divine sculptor sculpted the statue of Lord Muruga with his mount peacock, the statue was reported to have risen to the sky and on seeing that incredible sight, the king and others shouted 'etti pidi', which meant 'catch it' in Tamil and it became 'Ettukudi' in course of time and became the name of the temple.

Ettukudi 'kaavadi kaanikkai'

Old scriptures describe Lord Muruga as 'Kurinji kadavul' because of the reason that He is the Lord of the hills and blesses his devotees from His temples atop hills. Devotees carry materials for 'abhishek', 'nivedhana' and other worships. While climbing the steps, they carry all these materials in two bundles which they hang from the two ends of a thick rod. This is called 'kavadi'. And, they keep singing the praises of the Lord in the form of folk songs while climbing. Folk songs came to be called 'Kavadi sindhu' because of this reason. Devotees carry 'kavadis' of milk, rose water, sandal, sugar, flowers, sacred ash, tender coconut milk, 'panchamirtha', cock, snake, fish, fire, 'alagu', 'ratha', etc. They offer the commodities as offering to the Lord on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Chitthirai. Although Ettukudi is situated on the plains among paddy fields, devotees very strongly believe that if they pray to Lord Muruga carrying a 'kavadi' as per the tradition of His hill temples, He would bless them with realization of their goal. Devotees from far away places throng the shrine on this day with various 'kavadis' with different requests like early marriage, progeny, relief from debt, etc. On this day, milk 'abhishek' is being done continuously to the deity without break. Milk 'abhishek' is considered special to Ettukudi Muruga while 'Panchamirtha' is special to Pazhani and flower 'kavadi' to Tirutani.

The 'sthala purana' says that Goddess Parvathy worshipped Lord Siva at this shrine and observed 'Kethara Gowri vratha' with the request that She should never be separated from Lord Siva. Devotees who want to solve their problems can pray to Lord Muruga and those awaiting marriage can pray to Anandavalli ,Ammaiyappa here at this temple.