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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Mayilam
Abodes of Skanda >>Mayilam
Travel Base: Chidambaram, Tiruvannamalai

The Subramanyar Temple at Mayilam is located near Tindivanam on the railroad between Chennai and Villuppuram. This ancient temple built on a hillock has been revered by the Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar and is rich in legend and tradition.

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Legend has it that the demon Soorapadman destroyed by Skanda, assumed the forms of a peacock and a rooster and remained in the service of Skanda. In the form of a peacock, he performed severe penances towards Skanda here and hence this place took on the name Mayilam.

This temple dates back to the 12th century as evidenced from historic records, however the current structure has been built over a period of time. The entrance to this temple with a single prakaram is crowned with a beautiful rajagopuram. A mahamandapam is located infront of the sanctum. Shrines to Vinayakar, Viswanathar and Visalakshi are located adjacent to the main sanctum.

Festivals:  As with all other skanda temples, the kartikai asterism is considered special each month. The annual festival is celebrated in the tamil month of Panguni. The gold and silver peacock mounts used during festivals is of great beauty here.