This well visited temple dedicated to Subramanyar
is located at a distance of about 45 km from Chennai enroute to Mamallapuram.
It is an ancient temple dating back to the Pallava period.
Tirupporur is also known as Poriyur or Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri.
Legend has it that after vanquishing Soorapadman,
Skanda destroyed the rest of the demons here.
Legend also has it that Skanda enunciated
the principle of pranava or reality to the devas here. The very concept of Pranavam
is said to have worshipped Skanda here, and the hill behind the temple is known as Pranava
Legend also has it that Vishnu worshipped
Shiva on the Pranava hill. Legend also has it that Skanda worshipped
Shiva as Vanmeekeswarar to rid himself of the sin of having killed
History: There are inscriptions from as early as the 10th century as well
as those from the period of Vikrama Chola of the 12th century CE. This temple was rebuilt
in the 17th century by Chidambara Swamigal, said to be a descendant of
one of the poets of the tamil sangam of madurai.He is said to have discovered the imag eof
Skanda in an anthill, and then rebuilt the temple and reinstalled the
This temple enshrines Skanda in several forms relating to legends from
the Skanda puranam. The foremost of these is the depiction of Skanda as a warrior, Samhara
Subramanyar. He is also enshrined in the form of a child, expounding the meaning
of the oneness of creation Om to his father Shiva.
Skanda is enshrined with his consorts Valli and Devasena in an east facing sanctum. No
abhishekams are offered to these images. The 24 pillared hall and the 30 pillared circular
hall are other features of this temple. There is a shrine to Vembadi Vinayakar under a
Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Skanda Sashti is
celebrated in the month of Aippasi. Other festivals celebrated here include Margazhi
Tiruvadirai and Navaratri. is data about the temple