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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Ettukkudi
Abodes of Skanda >>Ettukkudi
Travel Base: Thanjavur

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 here.

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 tree.

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