Sunday, December 29, 2013

Engan murugan temple near Tiruvarur

This temple is part of the triology of murugan temples with same sculptor carving the three vigrahams in Sikkil, Ettukudi and engan.
The three murugan idols of sikkil,,Engan and Ettukudi are exquisite and carved by the same shilpi. When he carved the idol with every detail of the 6 faces of the lord with separate ear ring holes, fingers and toes with nails 12  hands  with separate weapons and  balanced on the single leg of the peacock with space below the claw  the king wanted to prevent any other replica so he obtained the thumbs of the shilpi as a guarantee. Even with this lack of thumbs the shilpi sculpted a replica at Ettukudi for this the king removed the eyes of the sculptor. The Sculptor was directed by a divine voice to sculpt a more detailed singaravelan at Engan when he received both his thumbs and vision.
How to reach:
The temple is 12 kms before tiruvarur on the kumbakonam tiruvarur road before the Sikkil temple. You need to take a 2 km diversion from the main road
The temple is a Kasi viswanatha Visalakshi temple with Singaravelan in the middle
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The utsava murthy of murugan is an exquisite replica of the main idol and is a treat to watch at close quarters for the sheer brilliance of the sculpting