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Tiruchendur, Kanyakumari

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The temple located on the shore of the Bay of Bengal is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya, drawing a perennial stream of devotees. It is about 85 kms. from Kanyamunari and is also connected by rail from Tirunelveli Junction. The temple overlooking the singing sea is an inspiring sight. It is situated on the Kanyamumari - Tuticorin - Rameswaram bus route. This temple is built close to the seashore. Lord Muruga vanquished the asura Surapadman, with his army in Veeramahendrapuram. Tiruchendur is the Aarupadai veedu shrines of Murugan, enshrining Senthilandavar. It has been venerated by the Tamil Sangam Period work Tirumurugatruppadai and by 83 Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar. It is one of the most visited shrines in Tamilnadu. The temple tower and the sculptures of the temple are worth seeing. It is also ideal for see bathing. The temple is one among the six abodes. Lord Subramanya (or Lord Muruga) after defeating Soorapadma came to this place and offered his prayers to Lord Siva. That victory is still celebrated by the pilgrims during the Tamil Month Apiece as a festival. Tiruchendur is a popular pilgrim centre. The temple here is built on a rock close to the seashore, which is a special significance. This is perhaps due to Lord Muruga's divine mission to vanquish the demon Surapadman and his mighty army who encamped in the mid ocean fortress off Veeramahendrapuram near Tiruchendur. To commemorate the Lord's victory over the demon, a festival - Skanda Sashti is celebrated at Tiruchendur as well as in other shrines of Lord Muruga for six days. On the concluding day, the epic battle Surasamhara (annihilation of Surapadman) is re-enacted in all its true form witnessed and cheered by thousands of devotees.

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