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Subramanian.R

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Tiru Perungundram
« on: February 13, 2009, 12:35:28 PM »
Tiruperungundram, (the great hill), is a small village on the outskirts of Madurai, about 8 kms away.  Here on a hill, the temple has been
established, by making a cave.  One has to climb about 44 steep steps, with landing space in between five such steps. In the cave, there is Muruga which has been carved in the wall of the cave.  He
is seen with Deivanayaki, the consort, Indra's daugher.  On his right is Narada, representing gods for the wedding.  On the top right and left are carvings of sun and moon, as witnesses for the wedding. Valli's image is not there since the place represents Muruga's first marriage with Deivanayaki.  Since the images are cave carvings, the abhisheka, abulations with milk, honey, coconut water, curds, sugar etc., are done only for the Spear, the Holy weapons given to Muruga by Uma. This is called Vel in Tamil.

There are lots of shops selling food packets, bangles, curios,  books and other things in and around the temple.  There is good bus transport from Madurai. Auto rickshaws and taxis do ply.  The temple is open upto 9 pm.

This is the first Abode of Muruga.  Nakkirar's famous work starts with this temple.

Bhagavan Ramana has mentioned his visits to Tiruparangundram many times during His Madurai days, in His Talks.

Arunachala Siva.