Swaminathar Temple, Pazhamudhircholai

There are 6 special temples in Tamil Nadu, dedicated to the god Murugan, mostly referred as the Tamil God and as the god of the mountains/hills. These 6 temples are known as Arupadai Veedu (The Six Warhouses -The Six Abodes of Murugan), very important in the hindu sect Kaumaram (the sect that worship lord Murugan only). Lord Murugan is usually referred as the son of lord Shiva.  The six places are important places, and takes part in the Skanda Purana (and other tamil litteratures), that describes the story of Murugan, and how he fought against the demon, Surapadman and other important incidences. 

The places/temples are listed by sequences in the story, Skanda Purana:

  1. Thiruparankunram
  2. Thiruchendur
  3. Pazhani
  4. Swamimalai
  5. Thiruthani
  6. Pazhamudhircholai

Though, Pazhamudhircholai is the last among the Arupadai Veedu, this was actually the first of the Arupadai Veedu and the first temple outside Chennai that we visited. Pazhamudhircholai is located 25 km north of Madurai, and the temple of Murugan is located atop of the hill here, surrounded by beautiful forests.

The temple tank

The legend says this was the place where the tamil poet Avvaiyar was tested by Murugan, when he was a child. The well-known “Sudda Pazham Venduma, Sudaatha Pazham Venduma?” (do you want the roasted or unroasted fruit?) is from the conversation between these 2.

Lord Murugan of Pazhamudhircholai is praised in many tamil sangam literature, like Silapathikaram, Ettuthogai. This is also the only temple, where Lord Murugan stand with a single-faced posture, with both of his consents, Valli and Deivanai.

~ AJ

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