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Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Chennai

     Vadapalani Murugan temple was built in the tail end of 17th century. Annasamy Naicker, unostentatious muruga devotee with his limited means built a thatched hut and kept a Muruga photo for his personal worship primarily.

     During his meditation and worship he was experiencing some divine power inspiring him to utter some mysterious things there by whatever his utterances has become true. In spite of his illness, at the instance of a sadhu and Lotd muruga he visited tiruthani and prayed to lord MURUGA and went to the extent of offering his tongue on the Balipeeta.

     He also visited south Palani by foot and he had miraculous experiences there, returned to his place and was worshipping lord Muruga. When he felt his end was nearing he requested his close friend Rathinasamy Thambiran to continued the service and the public inspired by his service started giving offerings and donations which was used for building a small shrine. After him by 1931, came one Pakiyalinga Thambiran who also followed predecessors by giving Arulvakku.

     The spiritual abode took its metamorphosis from being a small shrine into proper temple, with all its magnificence.The Sadhus who were the cause of emerging of this great MURUGA kshethram are being devoted even now, 3 sidharpeedams have been erected at Nerkundram Road where poojas are done on Every Pournami day.

     In the Year 1972, the south Rajakopuram erected at a height of 72 feet, and Kumbabishekam took place for first time, after that in the year 1984, second Kumbabishakam took place and a thangaratham (Golden Car) was drawn for fullfilly devotees wishes.

     The moolavar in standing posture resembles the Palani Muruga in every respect. In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, et al. It has a spacious hall used for conducting marriages and religious discourses.

     Other deities are Arunagirinathar, Chokkanatha, Ganapathi, Kaliamman, Kasi Viswanatha, Kuthuvar, Manikkavachakar, Meenakshi Amman, Six-faced Muruga with Valli and Devanai, Vairavar, Varasiddhi Vinayaga, Virabagudevar, Virabhadra, Visalakshi.

Festivals: Skanda Sashti is celebrated here in the month of Aippasi. Other festivals celebrated here include Panguni Uttiram. The Karttikai asterism in each month attracts large crowds.

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