Vadapalani Murugan Temple
Grand Hindu temple Vadapalani Murugan Temple was constructed about 125 years ago and serves as a visual reminder of its rich cultural legacy. It is known as Vadapalani Temple, which translates to Northern Palani Temple because the idol of Lord Muruga there is identical to that in the Palani Temple in the Southern region of the state. Many followers of Lord Murugan come to this ancient place of worship in search of his blessings. THINGS TO DO AT VADAPALANI MURUGAN TEMPLE: • Observe the numerous niches in the inner prakara: The standing stance of the presiding deity statue in the temple's sanctum sanctorum is reminiscent of the original Palani Muruga. The courtyards of the temples are home to numerous sannidhis, such as Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Amman, Kali, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli, and Devasena. • The temple's architecture is admired for its exquisite decorations and sculptures. 108 Bharatnatyam positions are shown on the temple's tower, a popular destination for those who enjoy the arts. Lord Muruga's four-foot statue bears a likeness to the god himself. Stunning statues of Amman, Kali, Chokkanathar, and other figures are also present. This temple's entrance is capped by a raja gopuram that features several stucco representations of stories from the Skanda puranam. The eastern tower also displays the 108 Bharata Natyam dance motions. The temple tank is situated in front of the temple. Numerous sannadhis, including Meenakshi Amman, Chokkanathar, Kali, Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Bhairava, Devasena, and Shanmuga with Valli, can be found inside the expansive temple grounds. • The temple has several expansive courtyards that you can explore: It contains a large hall used for religious sermons and wedding ceremonies. Here, Skanda Sasti is observed during the Aippasi month. Among the many holidays observed here is Panguni Uttiram. The temple is also a lucky location to get married and is home to about 7000 weddings annually. • Participate in festivities: A day before or after Chitirai Purnima, a full moon day in April to May, an eleven-day parade celebration associated with Vaikaasi Visaakam in May to June, as well as in the months of Aani, Avani, and Aadi, mark the beginning of the Chitirai Tamil New Year. The temple celebrates the Tamil months of June through September, as well as the six-day Aipaasi Skannda Sashthi festival in October and November and Pangunni Krutika Laksharrchana festival with a three-day float carnival in March and April.
Andavar Koli Street Vadapalani, Chennai (Madras) India