Thiruchendur is a panchayat town in
Thoothukudi district It is famous for
the Murugan temple by the seashore.
It is well connected by rail and road.
There is also an airport nearby at
It 40 km far away from Tuticorin, 55 km
far away from Tirunelveli, and 171 km
far away from Madurai. Bus via is
Aruppukootai, Ettiyapuram, Tuticorin and
Tirunelveli. The town is connected to
Tirunelveli by broad gauge train track.
Tiruchendur Murugan Temple
Thousands of years back, Tamilans worshipped Nature
as Muruku (a Tamil word meaning: ‘youthfulness,
tenderness, fragrance, etc’). Temples were constructed
in natural settings - around forests, hilly areas,
waterfalls and seashores.
Tiruchendur temple is one among them, but it has a
special significance. It was here that Lord Murugan
arrived with his band of warriors to fight against the
Asura, Soorapadma. So a temple was constructed at
Tiruchendur for Lord Murugan in rememberance of this.
Near Tiruchendur temple, a small temple for Lord
Vinayaga is also found. It is called Tundugai Vinayagar
Temple. All devotees will first worship this Tundugai
Vinayagar and then only worship Lord Murugan. In the
temple, there are three prakarams.
In the first prakaram (round), Siddhi Vinayaga
Peruman Temple is situated. In this prakaram, if one
moves towards west, on the farthest west there one can
see 108 Sivalingas.
These Sivalingas are called 108 Mahadevars. Then if
one turns north, one can see a tall sized Vallapa
Vinayagar facing west. After going to the north end, if
one turns east, the Perumal Sannidhi is situated there.
After reaching the Perumal Sannidhi end, if one
turns south, one finds the copper Kodi Maram (Holy Flag
mast). Kalyana Vinayagar is situated near Kodi Maram.
Usually marriages take place near this sannidhi.
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Ayyanar Sunai :
It is 10 Kms from Tiruchendur. 40 Kms from Tirunelveli. A
natural water gushes out from this spring throughout the
year. A temple is dedicated to village deity Ayyanar. It has
now been developed into a beautiful picnic centre. Nearby
this spring one can admire the forest with send dunes. The
Ayyanar is the family deity for many local people.
Situated between Thoothukudi and Tiruchendur on the State
Highways. It is 30 km. from Thoothukudi Once it was famous
port being only next to Korkai in 12th and 13th centuries.
This small place is mostly inhabited by Muslims who, it is
said, originally came from Arabia and worked for Pandya
kings particularly in collecting pearls and chanks.
Kudhiraimoli - Theikuddierupu :
Karukkuvel Ayyanar temple is situated in the middle of
dense forest in the Kudhiraimoli - Theikuddiruppu village
near Kayaamoli. The sand dunes surrounding the temple looks
like a fortress around the temple. Since Ayyanar descended
from a tree called Karkuvaa and conducted many wonders he is
described as Karkuvaa Ayyan. Five poojas are conducted
regularly in this temple.
The temple 20 Kms from Tiruchendur is known for the
popular ‘Dasara’ festival where folk dance artists from all
over the state participate in the festival. It is a coastal
village with a fine beach.
18 Kms. from Tiruchendur. It is on the seashore at the
Bay of Bengal. An ancient Roman Catholic Church is here
where the Cross is said to have been brought from Jerusalem.
This Church is also associated with St. Xavier, the famous
missionary from West. Since there are other small Churches
here in this place, it is called as “Chinna Jerusalem”
Located at Kulasekarapattinam 20 km from Tiruchendur.
The temple has its humble origin initiated by the Viswakarma
community of this village catering the aspirations of the
local villagers when they began to celebrate Navarathiri
festival. However the scale of celebration of dasara
competes with that of Mysore notwithstanding the lack of
endowment and it is patronised by the devotees on their own
volition. The climax of the festivity is Vijayadhasami day
when slaying of the demon Mahishasooran is performed by Devi
Mutharamman on the shores ofthis village symbolising that
Dharma up roots Adharma and it is witnessed by more than one
St. Anthony’s Church :
Many villages on the fishery boast of a chapel in honour
of St. Anthony, Manappadu is no exception in this respect.
Paravaras have great devotion to St.Anthony. Rev.Fr.Lassus
fully restored and rebuilt this church in Gothic style.
Every Tuesday its doors are thrown.
Udangudi is a Panchayat town in Thoothukudi district. The
village was once known for Vetrilai (betal leaves) and
Karupatti. There are several temples for Mutharamman,
Suadali Madan and Ayyanar temples around Udangudi. Some of
the famous Ayyanar temples are Alli Oothu Kal Aal Ayyanar,
Pon vandu Ayyanar, Arunjunai Katha ayyanr, vennimalai aiyyan
sastha koil located around Udangudi. In around that so many
Amman temples are located based on the people caste and
religion based. They maintained and worshiped by that
specific caste people.
Mutharamman Kovil ‘Kodai’ Festival
Kodai means “Charity”. This Kodai
Festival is celebrated in order to thank
our Goddess Mutharamman, for the wealth,
which she had given to us. Celebrated
during the Third Tuesday of the Tamil
Month Aadi and will be celebrated takes
three days including Monday, Tuesday and