One of the 33 major temples of Tamil Nadu, the ancient temple of Lord Murugan at Tirupporur is 45 km from Chennai. It dates back to the times of Pallavas and is known by different names like Poriyur or Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri. There are many legends related to Tirupporur and one of them relates to Lord Shiva relieving Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi from the curse of Kanva rishi. This Lord Shiva and his son Murugan are worshipped here. According to the Sthalapurana, it was here that Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli and Devayanai granted protection to the demi-gods and explained the true meaning of Pranava or the real truth to them and Agastya Muni. Thus, the hill behind the temple is known as 'Pranava Malai', where Lord Vishnu is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva. Inscriptions dating back to as early as the 10th century and 12th century can be seen in the temple here.
Tirupporur got lost into oblivion until it was rediscovered in the 17th
century and was renovated by Chidambara Swamigal. The idol of Lord
Murugan is said to be the 'Swayambhu Murti', (not made by the hands of a
man) and was found by Chidambara Swamigalin in an anthill. The temple
enshrines Skanda in several forms based on the legends of Skanda
Puranam. To the east of the temple the the 'Palmyra' tree and the
anthill where the image of Skanda was found can be seen. The anthill is
now covered with Kavacha (armor) and other jewels. The other things
enclosed in the temple premises are a 24-pillared hall, a 30-pillared
circular hall, a shrine to 'Vembadi Vinayaka' under a Neem tree, two
sacred Teerthams - 'Saravana Poigai' and 'Valliyar Odai' to the south of
the temple, a Mandapam of four pillars and another Teertham known as
Murugan temple is located in Tirupporur town in Tamil Nadu.
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