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Tamil Nadu Tour Itineraries - Arupadai Veedu - Temples

Out of the several temples dedicated for Lord Muruga, six of them are identified to be most auspicious and worshipped by thousands of devotees. They are called as Arupadai Veedu, that is, the six abodes of Lord Muruga. Though Tamilnadu is famous for the temples dotted across the state, the Six Murugan Temples deserve a special mention for their legacy, architecture and the devotion of the worshippers to Lord Muruga. The temples are located at Palani, Thiruparankunram, Pazhamudhir Solai, Swamimalai, Tiruchendur and Tiruthani. The temples are flocked by the devotees all through the year.Besides the Six abodes of Lord Muruga, this package has also included few tourist destinations which have been the pride of Tamil Nadu

Arupadai Veedu - Temples - (9 Days & 8 Nights)

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Day 1 : Arrive Trichy – Palani

On your arrival at Trichy airport you will be met and get introduced to the driver who will accompany you throughout the trip. Begin the journey by visiting Rock Fort Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva. This temple sits on a rock that is 83meter high. From the top of the temple you can visit the stunning view of entire Trichy city, then visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The temple claims to be the biggest functioning Hindu Temple in the world. Later drive to to Palani. On reaching check in at the hotel and relax. Stay overnight in Palani.

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Day 2 : Palani – Madurai

Start the day by visiting Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple, the third Padai Veedu of Lord Muruga. The idol of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of Navapashanam. After worshiping Lord Muruga and Periyanayaki Amman drive to Madurai “ The temple city ” situated in the banks of river Vaigai, has a most distinguished collection of temples that reflects the culture of Tamil people. On reaching check in at the hotel and relax. Later in the evening you can attend the night prayers at Meenakshi Amman Temple. Overnight stay at Madurai.

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Day 3 : Madurai

This day make a visit to Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple which is built by the Pandyas during 07th century has impressive 12 gopuras within the temple complex. Thiruparankundram Temple and Pazhamudhircholai Temple are one of Subrahmanya's (son of godesses Meenaskhi) six sacred abodes. A visit to the thousand pillared hall beautifully decorated columns built in the 16th century is now a museum called Thirumalai Nayak palace, displaying the bronze and stone images. Stay overnight in Madurai

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Day 4 : Visit Tiruchendur

After breakfast take an excursion to Tiruchendur. Tiruchendur Murugan Temple is known as the second Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga won the battle with the asura, Surapadma and worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place. The temple is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal. After your prayers drive to Madurai for night stay.

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Day 5 : Madurai – Tanjore – Kumbakonam

A Start your drive to Kumbakonam. Enroute visit Tanjore, the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Here visit Brihadeeshwara temple (Big Temple) is dedicated to lord Shiva. It is an important example of Tamil architecture achieved during the Chola dynasty. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples" and “Tanjore Palace”. On your way to Kumbakonam visit “Swamy Malai” the 4th paidai veedu of lord Muruga. Stay overnight in Kumbakonam.

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Day 6 : Kumbakonam – Chidambaram – Thiruvannamalai

Depart Chidambaram after breakfast which is believed to be the town where Shiva performed his cosmic dance called “Tandava Nritya”. Visit the Natrajar temple built by the Cholas in 9th century. This is the place where the world famous event “Natiyanjali” a famous traditional dance festival takes place, dedicated to the deity. On reaching Thiruvannamalai, check in at the hotel and relax. Later in the evening visit Annamalaiyar Temple dedicated to the deity Shiva. The Temple, is one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. Stay overnight in Thiruvannamalai.

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Day 7 : Thiruvannamalai – Kanchipuram - Thiruthani

Post breakfast drive to Kanchipuram, here visit Ekambareswarar Temple, dedicated to Shiva. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element - Earth, Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati. After your prayers drive to Thiruthani. Rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 8 : Thiruthani – Chennai

Start your day with a visit to Thiruthani Murugan Temple, the 5th Padaiveedu of Lord Muruga. Thiruthani is said to be the place where the Lord Subramanya married Valli - one of his two consorts. After your prayers drive to Chennai. Spend the day for shopping

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Day 9 : Chennai Depart

Today as per your flight schedule you will be transferred to Chennai airport to board your flight to onwards journey. Return back home with fond memories.

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