Thiruchendur 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.. Located right on the beach of Tuticorin District, it attracts millions of devotees over the year paying respect to the in-house deity of Lord Murugan, the Tamil version of Lord Kartikeya.
The temple has a very interesting history rooted in the legend of Lord Murugan's first battle, which was also the purpose of his birth. The temple hosts a number of festivals throughout the year when devotees can make offerings to the god, the most important and popular one being Skanda festival during October-November marking the victory in the battle of Thiruchendur.
It is one of the few temples in India which has various forms and avatars of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva together. Being located within 200 metres of the sea, it is a miracle that the temple premise is never flooded - not even during the Tsunami.
Mela Gopuram has nine storeys and it is about 137 feet high above Yalimattam, 90 feet long north to south and 65 feet broad east to west. At the top of the Gopuram the width is 20 feet and the length is 49 feet. To indicate that the Gopuram consists of 9 storeys there are nine Kalasams (sacred copper pots) at the top of the Gopuram.
Tiruchendur :- The Lord is said to have come to Tiruchendur to wage a battle against Asura king Surapadman. The Arupadai Veedu of Muruga are all situated in Tamil Nadu. They are Tiruchendur, Tirupparankundram, Pazhamudircholai, Palani, Swamimalai and Tiruttani. Muruga is intimately associated with hilly regions, known in Tamil as Kurinji and is worshipped as the guardian deity.
Tiruchendur is also one of the Navagraha Sthalas, sacred to Guru or Brihaspati (Jupiter), since Lord Muruga was honoured here by Brihaspati and the Devas after their victory over Surapadman. In commemoration of the victory, the place was named Jayanthipuram (the word Jayanthi denotes victory).
Tamil literary works, dating back from the third century AD, speak highly of the shrine and the legends associated with it. To mention a few are Silappathikaaram, Ahanaanooru, Puranaanooru, Thirumurugaatrupadai and Kanthapuranam. The fact that Kumara Theertham on the banks of Thaambraparni river finds mention in the epic Mahabharata is noteworthy. Adi Shankara had visited the shrine and sung in praise of the Lord in his famous Subramanya Bhujangam. Saivite saints like Kumaraguruparar, Arunagirinathar and Arulprakasa Vallalar are ardent devotees of Muruga and their works Kandar Kalivenba, Thiruppugazh and Thiru Arutpa respectively are remarkable devotional hymns in praise of the Lord