Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023

Tirupparankundram

 

 

 

 

 

Tirupparankundram, a hill five miles southwest of Madurai, is the fourth pilgrimage site of Muruga. A cave temple dedicated to the element of earth and mentioned in various classical Tamil texts as the 'Southern Himalaya' where the gods assemble, Tirupparankundram is also mentioned in legend as 'the place where the sun and moon rest. Murugan was married to Devasena upon the hill and for many centuries the Tamil people have considered it the most auspicious place for their own marriages.

 

Presiding deities of the temple are Lord Muruga and Goddess Devasena. Other deities - Shiva, Vishnu, Durga and Ganapathy - are represented as well.

 

Entrance in the ancient cave temple leads through a row of massive square pillars ornamented with lotus-shaped medallions.

 

Inside the cave temple there has been preserved ancient painting of Nataraja - dancing Shiva. Cave temple contains also the sculpture of presiding deity Sri Subramaniyaswamy (Muruga).

 

Rock-cut temple contains also 41 inscriptions revealing the early history of the temple.

 

Separate entrance leads into Sani Bhagawan - another shrine in this temple. In the western side there is rock-cut chamber which houses the lingam but in the eastern side there is one more shrine with Vishnu and Durga opposite to him. Temple contains many more carvings of deities.

 

 

 

Source:;

http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/India/TamilNadu/ThiruparankundramMurug.htm