Timings: 05.30 AM-9.00 PM
The Muruga temple at Tirupparankundram are popular and it is Situated almost on the outskirts, only 7 kms away from Madurai. It has been a place of pilgrims throng to the shrine of Muruga in their multitudeand there is a growing popular interest in the art and architecture of our shrines. The Paripadal gives a very graphic description of the route from Madurai to Tirupparankundram when the Pandya king visited the place in state. The entrance has early type cubical pillars with lotus medallions and angular bevel corbels with roll ornament and there are two Dwarapalas at the main entrance and two more each on either side of the Linga and Vishnu shrine chambers.
The idols have been arranged in such orderly manner that one wonders that even the top-ranking studio photographer could not have arranged them better than the ancient Sthapathis have done here.The sculpture is quite archaic and the walls of the chamber contain a large number of inscriptions which may perhaps belong to the early medieval period.They are very interesting early specimens. Curiously, Anandabharana is said to have the reputation of being more powerful deity than Ugramurthy, quite contrary to the names given to them.