Subramanya Swami Temple, Kangeyanallur, Vellore

Date built:
Deity: Subramanya Swami
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Kangeyanallur
District:: Vellore
Address: Subramanya Swami Temple,Kangeyanallur – 632 516,Vellore District
Phone +91 94869 39198 / 94438 00039
 Subramanya Swami Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located at Kangeyanallur in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Subramanya Swamy / Kangeyan. Lord is found in a standing posture along with his consorts Valli and Devasena in wedding form in the sanctum sanctorum. The Temple is held in great reverence locally and it has been closely associated with Tiru Muruga Kirupananda Variyar, noted exponent of Tamil scriptures. Variyar’s Knowledge centre, where Kirupananda Variyar was cremated is situated opposite to the temple.
The temple dedicated to Lord Muruga was built some 500 years ago. The temple was renovated by Sri Thiru Muruga Kirupananda Variyar, a popular exponent of Hindu Scriptures and his father Sri Mallaiyadhas Bhagavatar. When Mallaiyadhas Bhagavatar conducted the Kumbabhishekam in 1933, his son Srisailavasan fell from 50 feet but after intense prayer and applying holy ash over him, he just woke up without any injury. An inscription about this incident is present in the temple.

Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.

Festivals

Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Thai Poosam in January-February are the major festivals celebrated in the temple. On the Chithirai Tamil New Year Day falling almost on April 14, Lord Muruga grants darshan in the northern side of the Rajagopuram. As North belongs to Kubera the Lord of Wealth, it is believed that this darshan would bring in the devotee all prosperity throughout the year. Aipasi Skanda Sashti is celebrated for 8 days in October – November. After the Surasamharam day, Lord Muruga-Valli wedding is celebrated followed by the wedding with Deivanai the next day. The Karthikai asterism is considered to be of importance each month here. Aadi Kruthikai and Thai Kruthikai are some of the other festivals celebrated here.

Prayers

Those facing adverse effects of planet Mars – Sevvai – pray to Lord Muruga on Tuesdays with garlands of red flowers and offer curd rice as Nivedhana. Devotees on realizing their wish, perform special abishek to Lord Muruga with vastras.

Architecture

Legend / Local stories

Kangeyan:

According to legend, Devas prayed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the atrocities of the demons. Lord Shiva created six sparks from his forehead eye. Vayu and Agni took them and left in Holy River Ganga. Six children came from the sparks then and were taken care of by Karthika maidens. Mother Parvathi then came there and embraced the children together which became a single child with six faces and named Kangeyan. Lord Muruga graces in this temple with this name.

Kangeyanallur:

As Muruga is praised as Kangeyan, the place also is named Kangeyanallur.

Story behind the Construction of Temple Tower:

Muruga devotee Malayadasar, father of Sri Kirupananadavariar, popular spiritual leader of Muruga cult during our times, approached one Lokanathar known as Tirupugazhswami in Tiruvannamalai seeking his help to construct a tower to this temple. Malayadasar was asked to come next year for the purpose. When he went again, the Swami gave Malayadasar one rupee with Vibhuti Prasad and advised him to start the work. Work progressed with the grace of God and the Tower construction was completed successfully.

Curd Rice Nivedhana:

When saint Arunagiriar came to this place, after completing his pujas, offered curd rice as Nivedhana to Lord. Six Muruga devotees came there at that time to whom the Nivedhana was given. It is believed that Lord Muruga himself came as the devotees to have the Nivedhana. Based on this event, even today, curd rice Nivedhana offered to Lord Muruga each day are offered to six devotees with Annadhaana-feeding.

Sculptor of Thiruthani Murugan created this Murugan too:

It is said that the Sculptor who created the Thiruthani Murugan temple has created this as well.

Sages & Celestial Gods worshipping Lord Muruga here:

It is said that Lord Muruga here is being worshipped by sages and celestial gods during mid-nights every day.

Photo Gallery

How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 2.5 Kms from Kangeyanallur Road Bus Stop, 5 Kms from Katpadi, 4 Kms from Vellore, 27 Kms from Arcot, 25 Kms from Ranipet and 140 Kms from Chennai. Nearest Railway Stations are located at Katpadi (4 Kms) and Vellore (8 Kms). Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (130 Kms).

Contact Details

Subramanya Swami Temple,
Kangeyanallur – 632 516,
Vellore District Phone: +91 416 221 2761
Mobile: +91 94869 39198 / 94438 00039