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Thiruparankundram temple

Thiruparankundram is famous for its Murugan temple. This temple is a rock cut temple and is one of the six abodes(Arupadaiveedu) of Lord Murugan. This is the Murugan's first and important shrine among other temples. This is were Muruga married his first wife Thevanai (the daughter of Indiran), in the presence of Sun and Moon. This is the only place we can see Muruga with his first wife Dheyvanai, most(or all)other shrines have Muruga with both his wives Dheyvanai & Valli along with his children and relatives. Thirupparakundram temple one among the 14-saivaite temple of Pandya Kingdom is the foremost among the six abodes of Muruga. This temple also known as "Then kayilayayam" (Southern kailash) was worshipped by Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers. The presiding deity Sri Subramaniyaswamy is seen in rockcut temple, which is unique to this temple. Abishekam is performed only to the presiding deity Sri Subramaniya swamy. Unlike other temples, where Nandhi is seen in front of Shiva, here Perumal is seen.

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