“All six Padai Veedus of Lord Muruga in just one single site!”

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In 1984 Kanchi Paramacharya was camping at Gulbarga in Karnataka State border when Dr. Alagappa Alagappan, an Ex-UN Official went to have his darshan. He mentioned to the Acharya,

“How about having one temple for all the six Padai Veedu temples of Lord Muruga at one place and that too in granite?”

The Sage looked at him with His usual smile and said:

“Yes, you may build. I will get you the land.”

With this consent He blessed Dr Alagappa Alagappan. The Acharya immediately arranged for an acre of land at Besant Nagar in Chennai near the sea, through the then Chief Minister MGR and HR & CE Minister Mr. R.M. Veerappan.

Dr. Alagappan is the pioneer in building Hindu temples in USA. First he built Maha Vallabha Ganapati temple in New York and was instrumental in building many others like the Venkatachalapati temple in Pittsburgh and Meenakshi temple in Houston. He was advising and helping as well as organizing temple architects (stapathis) from India to build these temples.

Śrī Śrī Maha Periyaval advised Dr.Alagappan to take up the project and guided him well. He has stressed that it is difficult for the devotees to visit all six Padai Veedus when touring Tamil Nadu. He wished it should be in a single seashore site and he was all sure Tamil Nadu would become prosperous on account of it.

Swami Malai praharam and temple were built first in 1995 in remembrance of Paramacharya, whose original name was Swaminathan. Another three temples — the Mahavallabha Ganapati, Palani and Tiruttani temples — were completed and consecrated in 1998. Three other temples, namely Tiruchendur, Tirupparankundram and Palamudirsolai, have also been completed with the concecration having taken place in the presence of His Holiness Śrī Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Śrī Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on 21st June 2002.

Shri Muthiah Stapathy, who has built many temples in India and in USA, is the architect of this project. The Mandalabhishekam of the temple was completed on the 4th Aug 2002. Religious discourses, music and dance performances took place on all these 45 days. During the period Tiruppugazh sangams from various parts of Chennai visited the temple and rendered Tiruppugazh songs on Saturdays. It was a rare occasion on the 28th July to listen to the rare compositions of Saint Arunagirinathar sung by six groups.

It is widely believed that Pamban Swamigal, an ardent devotee of Lord Muruga lived in the last century and whose samadhi is very close by, had a premonition that the six temples of Lord Muruga were going to be constructed nearby. Already a number of miracles have been happening in this temple complex.

At Swamimalai in the form of Gurunathan he is blessing students with admission and excellence in their studies. When the Trustees of the temple went to order a Vel from the Vummidiar jewellers, to their great surprise they were told that they had a Vel ready with them especially for Swaminatha Swami. And many other such instances can also be cited.

In this complex Swamimalai is situated at the northeast, Tiruchendur at the east, Palamudirsolai and Tirupparankundram at the south, Palani at the west and Tiruttani in the northwest. The Mahavallabha Ganapati temple is in the center.

This temple complex is attracting a large number of devotees from far and near. In addition to local dignitaries, even devotees from abroad – about fifty Americans led by Guru Bhaskaran Pillai and also Swamis Bodhinatha and Saravanabhavanatha of Sivaya Subramuniya Swami’s Saiva Siddhanta Church of Hawaii, USA, have also visited and worshipped in this temple. Thanking Lord Muruga for bestowing this place on the seashore, Smt. Alamelu said that, unlike other places, seashore is ideal for meditation with cool and peaceful atmosphere.

Homams like Skanda Homam, Rudra Homam, and Ganapati Homam are regularly conducted at the request of the devotees. Thai Pusam, Panguni Uttiram, Aadi Krittikai, and Skanda Shashti festivals are celebrated in the traditional way with Kavadi, Paal Kudam, etc. Valli Tirukkalyanam at the temple has become popular with parents of marriageable girls, and many of them have had immediate grant of their wishes.

Dr. Alagappa Alagappan, Chairman of the Trust, and other members of the family have undertaken this stupendous task. Mrs. Alamelu Arunachalam is the Secretary and Treasurer and Mrs. Parvati Nachiappan is the Joint Secretary.

The Temple Complex is on the shore of Bay of Bengal behind Ashtalakshmi Temple. The address is:
Tiru Murugan Street
Kalakshetra Colony
Besant Nagar
Chennai 600 090

Source: http://murugan.org/

Thanks a bunch to Smt Vidya Raju for having dug up this treasure!

I want to point out couple of compelling things.

1) I had selected just the five temple pictures to be posted. I did not consciously select Swamigal’s picture with the Vel (the first one at the top) when I posted the other pictures here, in fact I did not even seen this picture of Him at the time of selecting the others; was shellshocked to see Him there along with the other pictures!

2) Only after posting this did I realize that Nov 7th is HH Kripananda Variar Swamigal’s mukthi day. Coincidence? I think not… :)))

Categories: Devotee Experiences

20 replies

  1. Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhane, Endrum Arulvai Engal Guhane.

    • thank you mr Mahesh for your valuable contribution. Being a murugan devotee i enjoyed this article . usually i use to go once in a while . But now i decided to go often., because i will be getting the benefits of all ARUPADAIVEEDU ANUGRAHAMS.

  2. குருவாய் வருவாய் அருள்வாய் குஹனே !!!

  3. Mr Mahesh Thank you very much for posting a very valuable and important
    information for the attention of every devotee of Lord Muruga. Om Saravanabhavaya

    Balasubramanian NR

  4. Thanks for info. Good to know about the temple and also the co-incidences 🙂

    • we are lucky enough to reside near the mandhir ,watching its growth from swami malai
      mandhir to today’s aru padai veedugal ,around newyork pillaiar
      we wish rajagopuram of mandhir complex will soon be completed
      vetri vel muruganakku arahohara
      s gopalan

  5. Radhe Krishna. Arupadaiveedu Konda SriSubramanta swamikki Arohara. Hara Ha Sankara, Jaya Jaya Sankara.

  6. From one site to the other—and other and then on and on hordes of info ;went off to murugan .org and enjoyed the BLISS OF THE divine GREAT GOING

  7. It is amazing to know from you that the Photo of Sri MahaPerivaa with Vel got itself selected for this. Guru Swaminathan is Sadhguru who is silently revealing Himself

  8. oh God is it your will to fulfil my wish to visit all the six on skandasashti day!!!! i have visited this temple long long ago and age prevents me!!!

  9. Vanakkam. Really Good one. It will be a news to many as there exists a temple like that, that too in Chennai.
    Thanks for the information. It is Really nice to see Mahaperiyava with ‘VEL’.
    Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  10. By the way Mahesh 8th Nov, Friday is Skanda Sashti as well. I think it is rare confluence of stream of thoughts as you are living and breathing life and time of Mahaperiyavaa and his thondargal and sharing it with others. This gives immense sense of relief to us and a positive feedback to the universe.

    I am sure great things are in store for you Mahesh, for this yeoman service including the benediction of Mettur Swamigal.

    N Subramanian

  11. Great Temple! Great Dharshan! Maha Periyava with Golden Vel and the Giant Vel in front of Sri Swaminatha Sannidhi to protect us! All very auspicious during Skanda Shasti! Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  12. MahaPeriyava Padham Saram
    Anything looks good and great — Always involvement our God — MahaPeriyava. I have not gone there, I should — Thanks for this posting

  13. Right after Deepavali, we get Skanda Shasti. Some people fast for 6 days until this Friday to get Lord. Muruga’s blessings.

    I am very happy to receive both articles (this one and Sri.Variyar Swamigal) on the occasion of Skanda Sashti.

    May we all pray to Lord Muruga (Swaminatha guha and Swamintha Mahaswami) and take His blessings for bhukti and mukti.


  14. pardon me. I should have read the article before asking the question.

  15. In which temple (in tamilnadu) is the sula or sakti weapon of Sri Subramanya shown in the above pick is located ? It is just amazing. Thanks for the information.

  16. thanks for posting on right occasion.

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