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Thiruttani Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu – Tiruttani Temple

Thiruttani Murugan Temple, is located 84 km north of Chennai, and is one of the six Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that after the ferocious battle against Demon Soorapadman, Muruga rested and cooled down at Tiruttani Temple. The divine love story of Muruga and Valli also happened here.

As the anger of Muruga subsided here, the hill is known as Thanigai Malai – the hill where his anger was subsided. The divine marriage of Valli and Muruga is also believed to have happened here.

The popular belief is that praying to Muruga here brings good luck.

365 steps lead to the Tiruttani Murugan Temple. The temple pond is located at the foot of the hill.

The murti of Murugan worshipped in the temple is tall. One hand holds spear and the other rests on the thigh.

A unique aspect of the murti is a small hole on the center of the chest. It is the impression made by the Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu. The hole is filled with sandalwood paste during pujas and is later distributed to the devotees.

Another unique aspect of the temple is Muslim musicians playing music in a pillar hall in the temple complex. This is because a Muslim devotee was once cured of his disease here.

The temple has separate shrines dedicated to Valli and Devasena, consorts of Muurga.

Offerings in the temple include fruits, coconuts, carrying Kavadi and tonsuring of head.

Devotees burn camphor as offering in a giant pot in the temple complex. The temple elephant blessing devotees is a regular sight here.

The most important festival in the temple is the Aadi Krithigai (July – August).