Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple

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Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple is one of the six of the holiest of Murugan shrines refered to as the Aarupadai Veedugal. This temple is situated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. In the main shrine, apart from Muruga, deities of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Vinayaka and Goddess Durga are housed

Unlike the other five temples, there is no grand edifice surrounding the central shrine of worship. However, this is a holy shrine venerated by the Skanda puranam and by Nakkeerar’s Thirumurugatrupadai of the Sangam period. Arunagirinathar's  Thirupugazh also reveres this shrine.

The Vel (spear) of the lord made up of stone is of special significance and is worshipped with a great veneration by devotee. Abishek is performed only to the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga as this is a cave temple. The Vel is taken to the Kasi Viswanatha shrine in the hill on the last Saturday of Purattasi month (September-October). This is the only temple where abishek is performed to Vel. More importance is attached to Vel as the Lord came to this place victoriously after defeating the demon Surpanma with the power of this weapon.

Significance of Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple:

  • This is the only one among Muruga’s Aaru Padai Veedu temples, where He graces the devotees with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. The wedding festival is celebrated along with Skanda Sashti festival.
  • Also, this is the historical place where Lord played with the ripe Tamil poetess Avvaiyar asking her what fruit she wished, cooked or uncooked – Sutta Pazham or Sudadha Pazham
  • The Naaval trees in the temple which are the sthala Vriksham or Temple Tree - yield fruits in July-September months, the tree here yields fruits in Aipasi – October-November when Lord Muruga’s Skanda Sashti festival takes place
  • A natural spring called Noopura Ganga with a temple dedicated to Raakkayi Amman is located at the top of the hill. Pilgrims to the temple take a dip in this small, sacred spring which is said to have originated from the anklet of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the devotees who worship at this shrine are blessed with wealth and health
  • We know peacocks in their natural colours only. White peacocks can be seen in Tiruparankundram. According to tradition, the Devas are here in the form of white peacocks to worship Lord Muruga.

Festivals of Pazhamudircholai Muruga Temple:

  • Tamil New Year Day falling almost on April 14
  • Vaikasi Visakam in May-June
  • Aadi Kruthika in July-August
  • Annual abishek festival on Aavani Pooram in August-September
  • Skanda Sashti in October-November
  • Mondays of Karthikai month
  • Tirukarthikai in November-December
  • Panguni Uthiram 

Temple Timing:

Morning: 5.00A.M to 1.00 P.M

Evening: 4.00 P.mM to 9.00 P.M


  • The Price of the Puja includes service charges, prasad, packing and courier cost and any other incidental charges
  • We are not agent of any temple, our representative will perform the puja on your behalf and collect the prasadam.
  • You will receive the prasadam within 30 days