The rest of the morning and afternoon, we spent in the suite enjoying the comforts. The lunch at the Royal Palate was filling. We had a South Indian thali because I always believe that one should experience the food and cuisines that are close to that region. In another way, I sought respite from the food we have every day.
In the evening, we planned to visit Aarupadaiveedu Temple, which is located in Besant Nagar in Chennai. We hired a cab from the hotel and traveled for about thirty five minutes to reach the temple, which was just 13 km away.
The temple, which was again dedicated to Lord Murugan, is finished in granite stones. I learned that the temple was built with the sole intention of helping the devotees of Lord Murugan to worship the Lord in six forms in one shrine.
My curiosity of knowing the purpose of this temple helped me gain some insights of the temples of God in various places. The devotee explained to me that ‘Aarupadaiveedu’ means six abodes of Lord Murugan, which are considered of most important ones.
To make it short, the abodes of the God are Palani, Swamimalai, Tiruchendur, Tiruttani, Tirupparamkunram and Pazhamudhircholai, where the Lord is called Dhandaayutapani, Swaminathan Swamy, Balasubramanya Swamy, Senthilandavar, Subramanya Swamy, and Solaimalai Murugan respectively.
Interestingly, the deities here are the representation of various stages in the life of the Lord. We felt blessed visiting the temple and could offer our prayers to all the deities.
The temple offers daily pujas to the God; devotees who want to offer special pujas can do so during the festivals such as thai pusam, panguni uttiram, etc. The glory and significance of the temple in the south is very much understood by the way they are constructed and located.
Experiencing the peace and spirituality thronging in the air, we left the temple to return to the hotel. My mind was still wandering in the temple. The architectural beauty of the temples is quite mesmerizing and they depict a lot in the history. Furthermore, the cleanliness and sanctity found are also worth appreciating.