This Murugan temple is
located in Tirunelveli and as with Sindupoonturai, it is also involved closely with the
venerated Murugan temple at Tiruchendur. It is
believed that the image of Subramanyar here is made out of the same piece of rock which
was used in making the image of Subramanyar at Tiruchendur (see image below) in mid 17th
century (following the alleged desecration by the Dutch).
The rock used in making the image is known as
Tiruvurumaamalai, was obtained from the Tamrabarani river bed. The very same sculptor who
created the Tiruchendur Murugan image is believed to have created this image.
This temple is also closely connected to the Nellaiappar
temple at Tirunelveli. Water for the abhisheka rituals used to be taken to
Tirunelveli from the Sindupoonturai temple; however it is now being taken from
Kurukkutturai; the name Kurukkutturai probably stems from the fact that this temple is
closer to the Nellaiappar temple than Sindupoonturai.
This small temple with a single prakaram (on the Tamrabarani river bed), only about 350
years old, was built by the Tiruvavaduturai Adhinam. The sanctum faces east.
Festivals: The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of
Chittirai. Skanda Sashti is celebrated in great splendour as in all other Murugan temples.
Other festivals here include Vaikasi Visakam and Avani Moolam.