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Temples of Tamilnadu >>Tiruchengode
Abodes of Skanda >>Tiruchengode
Travel Base: Salem

Skanda occupies a position of importance in this ancient Shiva temple built on a hill, accessed by a motorable road as well as through a flight of steps. This is one of the several hill temples in the vicinity of Salem, the others being  Kanjamalai, Kollimalai, Skandasramam.

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Tiruchengode is an ancient shrine, referred to by Illango Adigal in his epic work Silappadikaram of the Sangam period (early 1st millennium CE) as one of the abodes of Skanda (along with Tiruchendur). Tiruchengode has also been revered by the Tevaram hymns of Tirugnana Sambandar and is referred to as Kodimaada Chenkunroor.

The presiding deity here is Ardhanareeswarar - an image of the man-woman manifestation of Shiva and Parvati enshrined in the sanctum, a bronze image constituting the processional image.

The shrine to Sengottu Velavar - Murugan is of great importance. It is visited by several on special occasions such as Sashti and Krittikai. The image is said to be a self manifested one.