Lord Skanda-Murugan

Siruvapuri Murugan Temple

Siruvapuri Murugan

Siruvapuri is located about 40 kms from Chennai on Chennai Kolkata highway. The temple is located about 3 km off the highway.

History of the temple has that Lava and Kusa, the sons of Rama lived in this place. Once when Rama was passing this place, they have fought a war with Rama himself without knowing that he was their father. As the young children waged a war here, the place was called as Siruvar Por Puri. (Siruvar means children, Por Puri means waging a war, in Thamizh). This place is now called as Chinnambedu, which originally was Siruvar Ambu Edu (children who took their arrows for the fight).

Some hundreds of years back there lived a lady called Murugammai in this village. She had been a very ardent devotee of Lord Muruga here. She always used to chant His name and praying Him, for years. Her husband who didn't like her worshipping all the time was warning her to stop it. But she never listened to him and her husband one day cut her arms off out of anger. Even then, Murugammai cried for help only with Lord Muruga. The Lord who was pleased with her bhakti, made her hands join even without the signs of any wound.

Lord Muruga here is called Śrī Balasubramanyar and is said to be powerful, granting the wishes of devotees. This beautiful temple also has Śrī Annamalaiyar (Lord Shiva) and Śrī Unnamulai Amman. The utsava moorthy of Lord Muruga is seen as Valli Manalar in a wedding posture with Śrī Valli. Lord Muruga here is believed to grant wishes for those intend to buy or construct a house. Many people who wish to buy a house visit Lord Muruga here for blessings to fulfill their wish.

Utsavar Moorthi, Siruvapuri

Among the various names of Murukan, the name Valli Kanavan stands supreme as the famous one. Murukan, who is the consort of Teyvayānai, the celestial daughter of Indra, married a huntress-girl of this human world, an aspect having very deep philosophical significance. All are equal in the face of God and this is the expression of the Vallināyakam form.29 Valli shines in brilliance here as Ichhā Śakti. The marriage of Murukan with Valli is eulogised by Tamil scholars as a most fitting example of 'furtive love'. (kalavu manam). Murukan married Valli and enjoyed conjugal bliss with her with a smile always. This is indicative of how the householders' life should be led in this mundane world. His image of wedlock with Valli is known as Valli Kalyāna Sundarar. The Kumāra Tantra depicts this form as having one face and four hands. The front two hands are one in abhaya mudrā and the other in Kadyavalmpītham (hand placed on the hip). In the back two hands he has rudraksa māla and kamandalu. In this form on the right side we find Valli in all her beauty. Lord Murukan holding the hand of Valli in preparation for wedlock is only the one of its kind at Ciruvāpuri Śrī Bālasubramanya Svāmi Temple (35 kilometres from Chennai at Gummudipoondi [GNT Road] Route 30). The worship of Valli Kalyana Sundarar paves the way for the celebration of marriages at the proper time among families. Even marriages which have been thwarted by circumstances are said to get relieved of obstacles, paving the way for happy married life.

A unique feature of this temple is the Maragatha Mayil (Peacock) the carrier of Lord Muruga made of green stone.

Arunagirinathar is seen just near the sanctum facing the Lord. Arunagirinathar has visited this temple and sung many Thiruppugazh songs here. He also has composed an Archanai Thiruppugazh on Lord Muruga, which if recited fulfils ones wishes. Other deities are Maragatha Vinayakar, Aadhi Murugar, Naagar, Venkatrayar, Muniswaraar and Bairavar


Siruvapuri Murugan Temple

Meaning and substance by
Prof. Śrī C. Jagannathachariar
Head of the Department of Tamil (Retired)
Vivekananda College
Mylapore Madras 600 004 India

Glory to the Feet of Siruvapuri Murugan!

Siruvapuri Tiruppugazh

"Who saw in a dam of lilting lyrics
the flood of flowing grace of Tamil divine
Ladling it out as Tiruppugazh divine
For perennial praise of Skanda's feet benign
The deity who reigns in cool SIRUVAI
Wherein the minds of devotees ever abide
The resident Lord raining grace on SIRUVAI
As plenteous as the city of Kubera.

Oh! the life of SIRUVAPURI shinging for greater prosperity
Surpassing the city of Kubera more glorioius itself than even the metropolis of the gods
SIRUVAPURI, famouis and flourishing soaring with towers and ramparts
Brimming with boulevards and temples brilliant with burnished gold."

Thus has Siruvapuri been blessed by the rapturous lyrics of Saint Arunagirinathar

I. Mahizhicchi Tiruppugazh

One with lotus eyes! The consort of Devasena, the daughter of Indra!
The One with perfect knowledge, One with lofty shoulders!
One with the effulgent sharp spear subdued the rough sea, pierced the Krauncha mountain and battered its animosity!
One with a chest adorned with pearls and gems!
One with a beautiful form radiating golden hue!
One who is much attached to the Tamils and their language!
Muruga! Oh, Lord!
Willingly you have taken permanent abode eternal in the hearts of your devotees, residing in the cool-emitting Siruvapuri!
We, your devotees, pray that you should come before us prancing on your mighty peacock, attuned to the dance of your vehicle.
And when you come please note:
All the devas should colonise their original abode from which they were dislodged by the asuras, whom you must eradicate simultaneously to the utmost satisfaction and pleasure of the devas. Your grace should permeate everywhere.
Moreover, Sankara who associates himself with a dual dance with Andhari should derive pleasure by your dual dance with the peacock!
All the more you must give darshana of your dance to your elder brother Ganesa of five hands, to your mother Umai, to the rishis, to the ashtadigpalas (guardians of the eight cardinal directions), to Indra, Brahma, Visnu and His consort Laksmi and to the global inhabitants and by your darshana all of them will dance in glee.
So may you oblige us. We crave your indulgence.

Saint Arunagirinathar

II. Archanai Tiruppugazh

Oh, brother of elephant-faced Vinayaka!
Oh, affectionate son of Siva of matted locks of hair and of body smeared with holy ashes!
Oh, son of Mahalakshmi!
Oh, One who has the courage to challenge even the mighty ocean!
Oh, One whose knowledge supreme is beyond the ken of the great Vedas chanted by the rishis!
Oh, Ocean of Mercy!
Oh, One with a broad chest adorned by the sweet-smelling honey-dripping neeba garland!
Oh, One with six radiant faces, each resembling a full moon!
Oh, Murugesa! Oh, Vadivela!
Oh, Supreme Lord of rishis and the devas!
Oh, Supreme Lord of the seven higher spheres!
Oh, Lord enlogisted by Visnu and by Brahma who resides eternally in Visnu's lotus-like navel!
Oh, life-giver (nucleus ) of Siruvapuri, hallowed by the existence of Laksmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity!
Your Siruvapuri is not really siru (ie wanting in fullness), but it is Siruvapuri, ie the city of Lava and Kusa, the illustrious sons of Rama. Hence it is of high eminence occupying a place higher than Amarati city of Indra or Alagapuri the city of Kubera. In short, you are the Lord of all Indras!
Oh, One with the cool lotus-like feet! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, All-wonderful One steeped in the musical strains of Narada! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, Darling of the mighty cock and the valiant peacock! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, One sought after by the Vedas being the crown of all eminence! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, Quintessence of Agamas! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, Devasenapati! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, Wielder of the vel! You cut off all the sins of your devotees and make them attain salvation! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, One who is severe towards the asuras! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, One who is the unconquerable here in the world! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, One who is born as the son of Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, One who is expert in expounding knowledge gladdening the hearts of all! Salutations to Thee!
Oh, Bala Kumara Swami! Salutations to Thee! Please bestow Thy grace upon us!

Note: This Tiruppugazh song is one of six Archanai Tiruppugazh songs found among the available 1330 Tiruppugazh songs.

Siruvapuri Valli-Murugan utsava murthy Tirumanam

III. Vazhi-Kattum Tiruppukazh

Oh, Muruga!

Sages who have not transgressed the control of their senses had to suffer in their cave-abodes brooding over their fate on the return of the giant bhutam-spirit. At that time, in a minute, you have brought about the action to be taken against the giant, and by riding on your peacock, showered your grace unparalleled on the sages (by killing the giant) and as a remembrance of this unique timely help you wore the garland of Tamil verses, the Tiru Murugaarruppadai in ecstatic jubiliation.

Oh, Lord! You have willingly taken your abode in Siruvapuri which resembles in fecundity of wealth Alagapuri (the abode of Kubera, god of wealth) and hereby rose in your eminence.

Do you know the reason for this rise in your status?

This is the place of a battle with drawn bows and arrows where two youngsters (Lava and Kusa) won a tremendous victory over Kothanda Rama and his four-fold army (his mainstay being elephants and infantry).

Oh, eminent Lord!
This body of mine has taken its birth here in this mundane world. It goes astray deviating from the right path and thereby suffers from many diseases. Tottered by dilemmas, it undergoes hardships due to evil karma. As a consequence, it is tossed in various species of birth without end.

Now I realise that I should not spoil myself by believing in this cycle of births. Forgetting relief, there is only One way open to me and that is to think unceasingly of your lotus feet studded with honeyed flowers, which paves the way for silent meditation. Your darshana is craved by rulers of both heaven and earth. As such, I do not know when I am destined to have a sweet darshana of you, and that also for my benefit.

NOTE: Siruvapuri is Siruvarpuri. Siruvar refers to Lava and Kusa. So this place is also called Siruvaram Bedu (Siruvar-ambu-edu)because this is the place where the youngsters took the arrow to be darted agains their father Rama. This is also Kusalavambedu (Kusa-Lava-ambu-edu). In local parlance this name has corrupted itself into Sinnambedu (Cinnambedu) and now this is popularly current among the public.

Note: This article is found in the 1993 Siruvapuri Kumbhabhisekam souvenir.

This holy place visited and sung of by Saint Arunagirinathar and currently called Chinnabedu is situated 35 kms from Madras on the Gummidi Poondi route. Bus no. 133 runs from Madras Basin Bridge bus stand to the temple. Buses depart at 6am, 12 noon, 4 pm and 8 pm. If traveling by bus nos. 131, 131-A, 132, 133-A, alight at Agaram from where the temple is only one kilometre distance.

For more information about Siruvapuri Murugan, contact:

Valayapettai Ra. Krishnan
52, Muthaya Mudali Second Street
Royappettai, Chennai - 600 014 India
Office phone: (91)44-827-2682
Home phone: (91)44-847-4468
Or e-mail to Senthil Adimai Sundram: s_sundaram@vsnl.net