Dandayuthapani Swami ,Netaji Road,Madurai
Moolavar : Dandayuthapani
Urchavar : Dandayuthapani
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : –
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Netaji Road
District : Madurai
State : Tamil Nadu
Skanda Sashti in October-November, Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April, procession of Lord Muruga on Kruthika star days, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Thai Poosam in January-February, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September and Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
This is a temple noted for the Alankara – dressing of Lord Muruga. The Lord appears in royal attire. As the Lord took a pilgrimage Himself to Palni, He is named Dandayuthapani. He is also praised as Madurai Palani Andavar.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Sri Dandayuthapani Temple, Netaji Road, Madurai – 625 001.
The shrines of Lord Mahaganapathy, Mother Durga, Nagaraja, Yoga Anjaneya, Lord Parameswara, Lord Yoga Dakshinamurthy, Kalabhairava are in the Mahamanda in the temple. Shrines of Kannimoola Ganapathy, Veerabadra, Pechiamman, Angaleeswari are in the hall called Artha Mandapa.
Aipasi Skanda Sashti is grandly celebrated in the temple. As there is no lodging facility in the temple, those observing a fast during the festival, take the oath in the temple and follow it in their own houses. People observe this Sashti fasting for child boon. People also pray to Kalabhairava on the New Moon Ashtami (8th day from new moon day) and on Sunday between 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m covering the Rahukalam in the faith no obstacle could prevent their success in endeavours.
During the Sashti fasting days, couples perform abishek to Lord Muruga with milk offering Pongal-pudding as nivedhana.
Greatness Of Temple:
The main hall _Maha Mandap – of the temple has beautiful sculptures depicting the six army camps (Padai veedu) of Lord Muruga, Tiruparankundram, Tiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Tiruthani and Solaimalai-Pazhamudhirsolai. Lord Muruga graces in the sanctum sanctorum as Dandayuthapani holding a staff in the right hand and keeping His left hand on the hip. Lord almost appears in His royal attire.
Saivite Saint Sundarar who was friendly with Lord Shiva (Saka Marga) visited Madurai during the seventh century and stayed in this temple. It was then called Sundarar Mutt based on this event. He continued his journey to Tiruparamkundram from here. This establishes the antiquity of the temple dating back to that period. Some devotees used to carry the procession deity on their heads to Palani on Thai Poosam day. Abishek would be performed to the idol there. The practice did not continue in later years. As Lord Muruga visited Palni, He is named Dandayuthapani. He is also praised as Madurai Palaniandavar.