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Tuesday, 5 January 2016
How to go to Tiruparamkundram, Madurai from Chennai Tambaram
Thiruparankundram is the first of six abodes (arupadai veedu) of Lord Muruga is located on the outskirts of Madurai on a hillock where Kartikeyan married Indra's daughter Deivanai. Nakkeerar worshipped Murugan in this shrine and is said to have worshiped Lord Shiva here as Parangirinathar.
Of the six army camp temples (Aaru Padai Veedu) of Lord Muruga, this is the first temple. While Lord Muruga graces in a standing form in other five army camp temples, He graces in a sitting, wedding form with His consort Deivanai. Maharshi Narada, Indira the king of Devas, Brahmma the Creator are also around Him. Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi without Her Veena, and Savithri are by His side while Sun, Moon, Gandharvas a community in the upper world skilled in the art of music, are above Him. The other vehicles of Lord Muruga, the sheep and the elephant are below Him. Only a scented paste called punugu is applied on the Lord as this is a cave temple.
Abishekam is performed only to the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga as this is a cave temple.
Lord Dakshinamurthy graces with His left hand on a snake under His feet. Those afflicted with bad effects in their horoscopes, those suffering from prolonged illness offer Rudrabisheka worship in the shrine.
Lord Shiva is on Kundru - Mount, and is praised as Parankundranathar and the place Parankundram. There are no praharams in the temple and hence girivalam is performed
Poet Nakeerar was relieved from the demon by Lord Muruga in this place and many shrines associated with it are on top of the hill