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Arupadai Veedu



Arupadai Veedu (Six Abodes of Murugan):

Sri Murugan The Arupadai Veedu (literally six battle camps) are the six most holy pilgrimages of Murugan. They are all located in Tamil Nadu. Each of the abode is associated with an incident in the divine play of Murugan. Five of these abodes are located on hills and only Tiruchendur is located on a sea beach.

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Sri Subramanya Swamy of Thirupparankundram:

Sri Subramanya Swamy of Thirupparankundram Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple of Thirupparankundram Puranic Event:
Thirupparankundram is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga married Devayanai here after vanquishing the demon Surapadman at Tiruchendur. Devayanai was the daughter of Maha Vishnu named Amritha Valli. She performed penance in the Saravana Poigai in order to become the consort of Sri Subramanya. Pleased with her penance, Subramanya blessed her that she will be brought up by Indra as his daughter in due course, and during that time He will marry her. The marriage took place at Thirupparankundram.

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The Thirupparankundram Subramanya Swamy temple is located in Thirupparankundram, a hill near Madurai in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Senthil Andavar Swamy of Tiruchendur:

Sri Senthil Andavar Swamy of Tiruchendur Sri Senthil Andavar Swamy Temple of Tiruchendur Puranic Event:
Tiruchendur is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga vanquished the demon Surapadman here with His Vel (spear), in a terrible battle which lasted for six days. This is celebrated as a festival of six-days known as Surasamharam. This festival ends on the day of Skanda Shasthi.

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The Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Swamy temple is located on the sea-shore near Tuticorin in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy of Palani:

Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy of Palani Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple of Palani Puranic Event:
Palani is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga left Kailasha and moved to Palani after a challenge with brother Ganesha. Once Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati in order to test their sons Ganesha and Muruga, challenged them in a race to encircle the world. Whoever does it first will get a special fruit as a prize. While Sri Muruga set off on His peacock, Sri Ganesha encircled his divine parents saying that they were the universe themselves. When Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati declared Sri Ganesha as the winner, Sri Muruga in frustration left Mount Kailasha and came to Palani. Sri Muruga was clad only with a loin cloth like an ascetic, and He was holding a dandam (staff). Hence he is called Dandapani or Dandayudha Pani.

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The Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy temple is located near Kodaikanal in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Swaminatha Swamy of Swamimalai:

Sri Swaminatha Swamy of Swamimalai Sri Swaminatha Swamy Temple of Swamimalai Puranic Event:
Swamimalai is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga expounded the Pranava Mantra to Lord Shiva in this place. Once when Lord Brahma was proceeding to Kailasha, child Muruga asked him the meaning of Pranava Om. When Brahma admitted his ignorance, Muruga imprisoned him. On the request of the devas, Lord Shiva commanded Muruga to release Brahma, and asked whether he himself knew the meaning of Pranava Om. Muruga replied that he knew the meaning of Om and can expound it only if he (Shiva) approaches him (Muruga) as a disciple. Lord Shiva out of fatherly love agreed and listened to the exposition of Om from Muruga at Swamimalai.

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The Swamimalai Swaminatha Swamy temple is located on a small hillock near Kumbakonam in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Subramanya Swamy of Tiruttani:

Sri Subramanya Swamy of Tiruttani Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple of Tiruttani Puranic Event:
Tiruttani is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga led a calm and peaceful life of meditation here and also married Valli in this place.

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The Tiruttani Subramanya Swamy temple is located on a hill near Kanchipuram in the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Murugan of Pazhamudircholai (Pazhamuthircholai):

Sri Murugan of Pazhamudircholai (Pazhamuthircholai) Sri Murugan Temple of Pazhamudircholai (Pazhamuthircholai) Puranic Event:
Pazhamudircholai (Pazhamuthircholai) is one of the Aarupadai Veedu (one of the six holy abodes of Muruga). Sri Muruga along with Sri Valli and Sri Deivayanai gave darshan to his devotees here.

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The Pazhamudircholai (Pazhamuthircholai) Murugan temple is located on the slopes of Alagar hills (or Azhagar hills) near Madurai in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

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