For quite some time I have heard about this famous temple, and have also noticed many people talking about this place. And I did visit this place on a sunday. Crowd was heavy. And there were farm-fresh vegetables available outside temple premises. Worthy buy after a nice darshan.
Some information from the book “Seermigu Siruvapuri Murugan Sthala Varalaaru” before a temple round up.
Two distinct incidents have created importance to this place.
Lord Rama had disowned Sita devi and she was living in Valmiki Maharishi’s ashram. It was where Lava and Kusa were being brought up by the Rishi himself.Rama decided to perform “Ashwamedha Yagna”, and did it. As a part of the yagna, a white horse was left free, and was allowed to roam. Traditionally, whenever the horse enters another kingdom, the native king should either fight the yagna-karta, Sri Rama in this case, or accept his supremacy.
The horse after roaming various places incidentally came to Valmiki’s ashram, and as fate would dictate, Lava and Kusa, without understanding the concept of yagna, tied it in the neighborhood. Bharatha and Shatrugana, who came in search of the horse, demanded its release, which the kids didn’t accept for. As a custom, there was a fight and the kids won the battle.Shocked, Bharatha and Shatrugana, went back and brought Lakshmana, to the battle field, to tackle the small boys. Lakshmana was also defeated, which made Sri Rama to come to battle these two kids.
Rama came with a huge army, yet was defeated by His own sons. In olden days, it was known as “Kusalapuri”. Siruvapuri is the modern name of the place, where the battle happened.
Some centuries back there was a very religious and pious girl, who always uttered name of Lord Muruga from childhood, and was hence called “Murugammaiar”. She got married and came to her husband’s place and lived happily. In her in-laws place, people were not very devotional.
One day her husband asked her something, and Murugammaiar, who was meditating on Lord, simply replied “Muruga”, without understanding what he asked for. On this, her husband got angry and full of rage, cut down her hand.With blood flowing from hand, Murugammaiar meditated on Lord Muruga, and called aloud “ Siruvapuri Muruga ! Save me !!”
On this, Lord Subramanya appeared before Murugammaiar, and blessed her by joining her hand back without any visible wound.
Blessed saint Arunagiri Nathar sang 10000 Thirupugazh songs, out of which we have got only 1330. In these, he has sanctified 224 shrines, out of which, 9 have not yet been identified. So we know only 215 shrines. In these, he has given more importance to 35 places than others.
8 places have been sanctified with 4 songs each. 6 have “Archanai Thirupughazh” sung on them.
And Siruvapuri is one shrine which has both the specialties of 4 songs with an “Archanai Thirupughazh.”
In the first thirupugazh sang in glory of this Lord, to denote happiness, saint has used, “Mahi meera”, “Maghizh koora”, “Maghizhvaaga”, “Maghi koora”, and “Inbamura” and never in any other song has he mentioned happiness 5 times while praising the Lord of shrine. More than this, the saint says that people need not observe any tough vratham, prayers or fasting to come and pray this Lord. In their own places, if they keep on thinking and meditating this Lord, Muruga will bless them, are the saint’s words. Further, Lord destroys 7 types of problems which people face in life. In case one reads this Thirupugazh understanding the complete meaning and prays Sri Bala Subramanya Swami here, He blesses devotees with 5 different blessings:
- Marriage for girls in family
- Professional success
- Very good family life
- Wealth in life
This is the Archana Thirupugazh which the saint has sung on this shrine’s Lord.
This has 24 lines, of which the first 12 lines glorify Lord Muruga’s valor, beauty, and his unequalled physique. The other 12 lines praise Siruvapuri’s beauty, significance and specialties.
Though the first 12 lines praise Lord Muruga in various ways, 2 important notations are there.
1) Lord, who gets happiness in listening Naradha Maharishi’s keerthanas.
2) Lord, who resides in Siruvapuri in “Brahma Saastha” form. This means the Lord holds “Japa Mala” in His top right hand and “Brahma Kamandalam” in His top left hand. Also, this means that Lord performs duties of Brahma. If a person prays this form of Muruga regularly, he can learn many in 64 arts and become specialist in them, says the saint.
This song is sung to remove ills of life. Arunagiri Nathar sings at length about his past life, which was full of lust and desires, and prays Lord to bless him a life, where he will never forget golden feet of Muruga, and will continue writing high quality books on Shiva thathuvams. He praises Goddess Parvathi with various names and says that Oh Lord, son of Goddess Parvathi, you sit in this famed Siruvapuri.
Singing this Thirupugazh understanding its meaning,is believed to remove ills of life.
This has been sung for getting a boon.
In a human life which is bounded by birth and death, when shall I have the fortune of thinking your lotus feet, which is prayed upon by Indra and humans, asks saint.
Lord, you appeared in a Peacock before Poet Nakkeerar and blessed him by accepting “Thiru Murugatru Padai” with all happiness.
Lord, you sit in Siruvapuri, where the army led by Sri Rama himself was defeated by his sons Lava and Kusa. This place has all riches like Kuberan’s city Alagapuri.
Please bless me with the boons I require, pleads saint in the fourth song.
12 Glories of Siruvapuri:
1. Blessing Murugammaiar with her cut hand by appearing on a peacock.
2. Devas have taken “Amirtham” in this place.
3. Devas were given Devendhira-patnam only in this place.
4. Indra was crowned Devendhran only in this place.
5. Place where the horse of Sri Rama’s Ashwamedha yaagam was tied.
6. Place where Lakshmana was defeated by Lava and Kusa, bringing Rama
7. Place where Lava and Kusa fought Sri Rama himself.
8. Archanai Thirupugazh was sung by Arunagiri Nathar.
9. One of the 8 shrines to have 4 Thirupugazhs sung on it.
10. One Thirupugazh song gives 5 types of blessings in this temple.
11. Many deities are carved out of emerald stones.
12. Very own Balasubramaniya Swamy temple of Siruvapuri.
The entrance to this shrine is a 5-staged Raja-gopuram.
The primary complex below houses Sri Annamalaiar, Sri Unnamulai Amman, and also Murugan shrine.
In the praharam, we have Surya sannidhi. If we proceed further, we have Maragatha Vinayagar sannidhi.
We pray Him and continue pradhakshinam, when we come to a door, which leads to Temple Thirukulam.
Adhi- Moolavar sannidhi:
Next in the praharam is Adhi Moolavar shrine. He has decorated the main sanctum, before the new vigraham has replaced it.
After we pray Adhi- Moolavar, we come to the other end of praharam, where we have Bhairavar, Muneeswarar, and Venkatarayar shrine.
After this we have Arunagirinathar shrine.
Opposite to this shrine, is Lord Bala Subramaniya Swami shrine.
We pray Him and come out, where we have “Maragatha Mayil” (Emerald peacock)
After this, we pray near the Dwajasthambam and come out.
Luckily, I had gone on a second sunday in a month. There was a group called “Siruvapuri Abhishega Kuzhu”, who had assembled from Chennai with all abhishegam things and the pooja was very grand to witness. In case you want to participate in the abhishegam do go on second sunday. The group is very pleasant one, and they accommodate new comers.
How to Reach:
In Chennai – Kolkatta highway, once has to cross Thatchoor cross road, which is a famous point in that road. From there proceed around 3 Kms, where you can see a small green board to your left. Take that left road and travel 3 kms in the same road to reach the temple.