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The Arupadai Veedu or The Six Sacred Murugan Temples in Tamil Nadu

Updated on March 29, 2017
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Travel, especially the pilgrimage are the great pleasure for Sunil Kunnoth. He loves to wander with his spiritual sojourns.

Muruga also known as Subramania is the most favorite God of the Tamilians. He has several names like Skanda, Velayudhan, Arumugan, Vel Murugan, Shanmughan, Mayilvahakan, etc. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Though Subramania is hailed as the Tamil God, people of Kerala and other South Indian states too are His ardent devotees. He is the God of Wisdom and Courage. You can find some famous temples dedicated to Lord Muruga in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka as well outside Asia continent.

There are six temples exclusively dedicated to Lord Murugan in Tamil Nadu and collectively known as Arupadai Veedu Temples. Arupadai Veedu literally means Six Battle Camps. Murugan devotees make a pilgrimage to these sacred temples with great enthusiasm and devotion.

Steps leading to the Palani Temple
Steps leading to the Palani Temple | Source
Palani (also known as Pazhani)
Palani (also known as Pazhani) | Source
Pazhamudir Cholai
Pazhamudir Cholai | Source
Swami Malai, Kumbakonam
Swami Malai, Kumbakonam | Source
Thiruchendur
Thiruchendur | Source
Thiruthani, near Chennai
Thiruthani, near Chennai | Source
Thirupparakundram
Thirupparakundram | Source
Murugan Beach at Thiruchendur. The temple here is on the beach side, whereas all others are on hilly terrain.
Murugan Beach at Thiruchendur. The temple here is on the beach side, whereas all others are on hilly terrain.

Features of Arupadai Veedu Temples


This temple is the first among the six Holy Abodes. The striking feature of these sacred six temples is that its location. All except one are located on hilly terrain. These are very beautiful and picturesque. Vibhuti and Panchamrutham are the main prasadams offered in these temples.


Now, let’s take a quick tour to the six Arupadai Veedu or the six garrison-abodes of Lord Muruga/Subramania.

  1. Palani (Pazhani)
  2. Pazhamudir Cholai (Madurai)
  3. Swami Malai (Kumbakonam)
  4. Tiruchendur (Tuticorin)
  5. Thiruparankundram (Madurai) and
  6. Tiruthani (Chennai)

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Video on Six Abodes (Arupadai Veedu) of Lord Murugan

Winch Train service to the hilltop Palani Temple

Palani/Pazhani: This temple is the first among the six Holy Abodes and is the most famous Muruga temple in South India. The temple is situated on the top of the Palani hills. A beautiful location rich with hills, rivers and village life, the scenery here is so captivating and very much picturesque.


Pazhamudhir Cholai: It is near Madurai and a grove atop a hill. The unique feature is that it is the only temple where Muruga appears with his consorts in the main sanctum.


Swami Malai: Situated in Kumbakonam, the temple town of Tamil Nadu. The temple is also known as the Kshetra (temple) for enlightenment. ‘Swami Malai’ means ‘the hill of the lord’. Lord Murugan explained the meaning of Omkara to his father Lord Shiva here. This temple is the second among the six Holy Abodes.


Thiruchendur: What makes this temple different from the rest is, it is situated on a beach by the Bay of Bengal. All other temples are situated on the hilltop. There is a well near the beach, which has sweet water. This is the third among the six Holy Abodes.


Thirupparankundram: Believed to be built in the third century BC by Pandya Kings, it is the fourth among the Six Holy Abodes of Murugan. To cure ailments, devotees pour rock salt and black peppercorns in the pond known as Lakshmi Theertham.


Tiruthani is located 84 km northwest of Chennai. It is on the hilltop and at a beautiful location. It was here Muruga wed Valli, the gypsy girl. A prayer here is believed to bring you luck. It is the fifth among the Six Holy Abodes.


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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 23 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Of all these temples, Palani is my most favorite pilgrimage spot. Please do visit all these temples once you have time as it is such a great experience. Your visit, vote, sharing and comments are very much appreciated. God bless you.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 23 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Palani is my most favorite temple in S. India. Your visit and comments appreciated. Keep on writing and reading. All the best.

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      Nithya Venkat 24 months ago from Dubai

      I have visited Palani and have enjoyed the visit. All the temples are beautiful, great hub.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 24 months ago from Mumbai,India

      Beautiful temples here..I've visited Pazhani during my college days. Tiruchendur is my father's family temple and I've heard about it from him. Nice hub, voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting. Sharing too.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 24 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Rajanji,

      Thank you for your visit and comments. I am yet to visit your beautiful Golden temple in Amritsar. Hope to reach there in the near future.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Temples in South India are just awesome with their intricate designing. I love all of these.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Devika, Thank you for your nice comment.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Such places are so hidden and true. Temples are beautiful and warm places to be at. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Yes, Soumya, you are right and let's hope so and welcome. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments.

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      soumyasrajan 2 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      why bill. who knows- some day you might really be there in this remote south India.

      Nice article sunil.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @alakassery, I am thrilled over your appearance here. I happy that you find my article on Murugan temples informative and helpful. I am yet to visit three more temples and hopeful of reaching there soon. Thanks for your visit and encouraging support. Lord Muruga bless you.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @Venkatachari, I am happy that you find it interesting and beautiful. Out of this six, I have visited three and wish to visit the remaining soon. Palani is my favorite spot. Thank you for the visit and nice comments.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and beautiful article describing Lord Muruga's temples. I knew about Thiruthani and Kumbhakonam temples and seen images also as my relatives and friends visited them. Now, I know all of them with your hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      alakassery 2 years ago

      Good. Informative. Keep it up.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      This is to help all people who are interested in temples and the vibrant culture of India that I write here. I am glad that you love it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving some encouraging comments.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I will never see any of these beautifil temples, so I'm thankful to you for writing the history and displaying the amazing pictures. Thank you..

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi billybuc, I am so happy to find your quick and positive comments to my article on Lord Muruga Temples here. I have done a couple of hubs featuring temples and Indian culture. Hope you will find the same. Thank you for the comments.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The only way I'll ever see these places is through articles like this one. Thank you for taking me with you on this beautiful tour.

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