Arupadai Veedu Yatra

The God of the mountains

He is the commander in chief of the God's army. Brave and intelligent, he is the God of war. He represents power along with strength and his abodes  are in the mountainous terrain. Carrying the divine spear and mount on the peacock, Lord Karthikeya, the son of Shiva & Parvathi, is worshipped not just in India, but in other South Asian countries too. Of the multitude of temples dedicated to Lord Muruga, the 6 most important ones are the Aarupadaiveedu shrines, where it is believed that Skanda, stopped over during his battle with the demon Soorapadman. These six abodes of Thirupparankunram, Thiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Pazhamudircholai together from the Arupadaiveedu temple yatra which the devotees undertake to please the divinity of Lord Murugan.

Legend

Soorapadman was a demon who wrecked havoc in the lives of the Gods. The Devas assigned Kamadeva to awake Shiva from his penance to find a solution to the evil, but Manmatha incurred the Lord's wrath and was destroyed( later resurrected) when Shiva opened his third eye. Neither Agni nor Ganga could handle the blaze of the third eye and they deposited it in a lake in a forest. Goddess Parvati, took the form of this water body as she alone is capable of taming the fire of Shiva. The child is finally born in this forest and was named Kartikeya. Lord Karthikeya, later defeats Soorapadman in the fierce battle. The six most sacred abodes of Murugan mentioned in Tamil sangam literature, "Thirumurugatrupadai", written by Nakkeera and in "Thirupugal", written by Arunagirinathar forms the Arupadaiveedu temples of South India.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Lord Karthikeya

Temples Covered:-

Thiruthani Murugan Temple
Palani Murugan Temple
Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple
Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple
Swaminathaswamy Temple

Purpose

The Lord is believed to help vanquish evils from the lives of his devotees and bestow them with his grace.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can undertake the Yatra.

Yatra Preparations

Book a package/accommodation in advance especially if going during the peak season.
The yatra though not very strenuous includes quite a bit of travelling through the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Area Covered

Tamil Nadu
Language spoken :- Tamil

Auspicious Days

Thai Poosam and month of Karthika are considered auspicious for Murugan temples.
Annual festivals like the Skanda Sasti in these shrines are celebrated with festivities

Best time to Travel

The temples are opened throughout the year and the Aarupadai veedu tour can be undertaken any time of the year. Hot summers are best avoided.

Duration

5-6 days from Chennai.

Travel Method

All these Murugan shrine are well connected by roads.

Crowd Expected

As the temples are open throughout the year, there is not much crowd on regular day. However, during the month of Karthika and for festivals like Skanda Sasti  there is a large flow of devotees to these shrines.

Festivals

Thai Poosam and month of Karthika are considered auspicious for Murugan temples.
Annual festivals in these shrines are celebrated with festivities

Must Haves

Use light cotton clothing during the journey and traditional attire for the temple visits.
Western outfits are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu.
Water bottles, light snacks, sunscreen, essential medicines should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

Most of these temples have good medical facilities in their vicinity. However, it is advisable to carry any special medication that you might need for the entire duration of the journey.

Additional Info

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Co-operation(TTDC) have Arupadaiveedu tour packages starting from Chennai every Thursday and returning by Sunday.

Climate

The summers in this part of the country can be extremely hot and humid. The temperature rises upto the forties. Winter are pleasant with the average temperature in the twenties.

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