Aarupadaiveedu Temple, Chennai – Depicting God in Different Forms

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.

Aarupadaiveedu Temple

Aarupadaiveedu Temple | Image Resource: sanghamtours.com

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.

View of Aarupadaiveedu Temple

View of Aarupadaiveedu Temple | Image Resource: tourmet.com

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.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple – Depicting the History At its Best

Chennai, the prominent city of Tamil Nadu, is a bouquet of culture and art offerings that have the traces from the Cheras, Cholas and Pandya dynasties. Rich in history, the city plays host to many cultural events held round the year. With temples and festivals playing an important role in the South Indian tourism, Chennai is no different from it. As a result, we started off our sightseeing trip with a visit to the Vadapalani Murugan Temple, also known as Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar Thirukoil.

The temple is situated on the Arcot Road and is at a walking distance from the hotel. We didn’t take much time to get ready. I sported a traditional look with a dothi (which in the local language is called ‘mundu’) and shirt. My wife was in the traditional saree, which she loved to wear. We just took five minutes to reach the temple, which is dedicated to the King of Gods, Lord Murugan.

Main Entrance to the Vadapalani Murugan Temple

Main Entrance to the Vadapalani Murugan Temple | Image Resource: wikipedia.org

At the entrance, there is a tall Rajagopuram, which is sculpted to feature many stucco images representing the legends from ‘Skanda Puranam’. There are two large wooden doors that have architectural designs and small bells. We walked in to reach the temple tank in the front. The tank is filled with water and there are steps for the pilgrims to climb down and wash their hands and feet before entering the temple.

I could also notice a small mandapam in the center of the tank, which is decorated with lights during the festival. Since the pooja timings were from 5.30, the temple was open for the public for ‘uchakalam’ pooja. We offered our prayers to the God and performed archanas in our names to get the blessings.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple Tank

Vadapalani Murugan Temple Tank | Image Resource: wikipedia.org

I learned from a local devotee that the temple has a long history of 125 years when there was only a thatched shed built by an ardent Murugan devotee, Annaswami Nayakar. Over the years, its prominence extended to many places and the temple grew to become the one we see today.

We walked around the temple to offer our prayers at different ‘sannidhis’. A few of them I remember now are Varasidhi Vinayagar, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Sundareswarar, Arunagiri Nadhar, Anjaneyar, and so on. We returned to the room after the prayers and sat to plan our trip, we were going to have.