Kundrathur Temple

Sri Murugan temple is located on a small hill, in Kundrathur, a suburb, southwest of Chennai.

According to the Sthala purana, Lord Subramanya sat on this hill, while travelling from Tiruporur to Tiruttani.  This is the only temple where the Lord sits facing north, in the direction of Tiruttani.  He is flanked by Goddesses Valli and Deivayanai.  The shrine was built in the 12th century by Kullotunga Chola II (1135-50).  The uniqueness of this temple is that the goddesses can only be seen separately with the Lord.  That is, though they are present together, the sanctum is so constructed that the Lord can be viewed from one side with Valli and from another with Deivayanai, not all three together.

At the summit of this small hillock is a small three-tiered gopuram.  The temple is popular with locals, and for those who want to perform a simple, inexpensive wedding.

How to get there:

Buses ply here at regular intervals from Parry's and Vandapalani.  Or you could come to Porur intersection, where buses to Kunrathur, from all over Madras, passs.  Accommodation: Porur or anywhere in Chennai city.

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