This ancient Subramanyar temple is
located 40 km south west of Nagappattinam, and is
easily accessd from Tiruvarur. It has been
revered by the hymns of Arunagirinathar. The name Ettikkudi
is derived from the Etti trees which dominated this area. The name Ettukkudi
is derived from the fact that this shrine is surrounded by Shivastalams
in all eight directions.
This temple is linked closely with Sikkal and Ennkann through the legend that the images of Skanda in all
three of these shrines were made by the same sculptor.
This shrine is closley tied to the legend of Ardhanareeswarar, and Parvati's
performance of Kedara Gowri Vratam, to become a part of Shiva. No Tevara
Patikams exist for this shrine though. Valmiki is said to have worshipped
The sanctum enshrines an imposing image of Shanmukhar with 6 faces,
seated on a peackock mount. There are also shrines to Sundareswarar and Anandavalli
here. Other shrines here include those to Mahalakshmi, MahaVishnu (Venkatachalapati),
Natarajar, and Valmiki Munivar.
This image of Skanda in the sanctum is an exquisite one. The entire image
is supported only by the 2 legs of the peacock mount. This image is said to have been
installed during the rule of the Muttaraiyar chieftans of Tamilnadu.
The theertham here is Saravana Poikai and the stala vriksham is the vanni
Festivals: Six worship services are carried out each day here.
Subramanyar is taken out in procession on the Kartikai asterism each month. The annual
festival here is celebrated in the month of Chittirai for a period of 18 days.is data
about the temple