Sri Ettukudi Murugan Temple ,Ettukudi,Nagapattinam
Moolavar : Lord Muruga
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : Vanni tree
Theertham : Saravana Poigai
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Ettukudi
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu
Chitra poornima (April-May) festival is celebrated for 10 days continuously. The temple will be opened on the previous day would not be closed till the following day of Poornima-full moon, when milk abishek would be performed continuously. Devotees would be thronging in thousands with their Milk Pot Kavadis – minimum 23,000. Skanda Sashti is celebrated for six days in Iypasi (October-November) and Vishakam in Vaikasi (May-June) for a day. For the Ammai-Appa in the temple (Shiva and Shakti) Tiruvadhirai is celebrated in Margazhi (December-January). Kruthika is celebrated every month.
A Siddha, Vanmeekar by name attained Samadhi in this place. The Samadhi is under the Vanni tree in the temple.
The temple is open from 4.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Sri Ettukudi Murugan Temple, Ettukudi – 610 212, Nagapattinam district.
There are idols of the heroes who accompanied Lord Muruga for the war against Surapanma. There are shrines for Nardana Ganapathi, Juradevar, Srinivasa Soundararaja Perumal, Anjaneya, Mother Manonmani, Ammai Appan, Mahalakshmi, Sani Baghwan (Saturn) and Bhairava.
People pray for relief from the fear complex in children, removal of obstacles in marriage alliance talks, child boon and progress in education of the children.
Devotees perform abhishek and offer clothings to Lord Muruga as a token of their gratitude for his grace.
Greatness Of Temple:
Lord Muruga appears before the devotee as a child, youth and an elderly person suiting to the imagination of the devotee. Chitra Poornima festival is grandly celebrated in the temple. The devotee is relieved of his/her sins when simply touching the Saravanapoigai water. Lord Soundaranayakar and Mother Anandavalli grace the devotees as the parents of Lord Muruga in the temple. Those suffering from fear complex, children in particular, gain confidence and courage as Lord Muruga appears as a Commander of the army taking his arrow from the chest on His back. The very majestic and heroic appearance of the Lord would make any coward a hero. When children hear the story of Lord Muruga defeating demon Sura from their parents, they shed fear and become optimistic in life, so is the faith of the people.
There once lived a sculptor in a village called Porulvaithaseri chanting ever the glory of Lord Muruga with Sharavana Bhava mantra. He sculpted an idol of the Lord with six faces. Seeing the beauty of the idol, a jealous Chola king cut off the thumb of the sculptor so that he could not do another one for anybody. The sculptor moved to another village, enduring all the pain made out another one with equal beauty. The chieftain of the village saw this idol and enjoyed its beauty. While the idol was nearing completion rays of light flew from the idol and the peacock bearing Lord Muruga began to fly. The chieftain cried, jump and catch it meaning Ettipidi in Tamil. In the effort of catching it, the leg portion of the peacock was a little damaged. This idol was installed here. The name of the place came to be known as Ettipidi, changed to Ettikudi and finally stood as Ettukudi. The sculptor made a third idol also which was installed in Enkan. The first was installed in Sikkal, the second in Ettukudi. All the idols are similar in look. A clarification to the special feature: Lord Muruga in this temple appears in different forms to the eyes of the devotees depending on the imagination of their mind as a child, youth and an elderly person.