say that Lord Subramanya has appeared in
Tirichendur as "Senthilandavar" to
demolish the demon Soorapadman.
Veeramahendram, the fortress of Lord
Senthilandavar is believed to be in the middle
of the sea.
temple is on the sea shore touching the waves of
the Bay of
Bengal and has got an impressive
gopuram of height 137 feet with 9 layers which
can be seen even from miles away. The temple is
facing south while the God in the inner shrine
faces East. The Shanmuga
Vilasa Mandapam is famous for its
carved pillars. The temple has got 2
Sannidhi is essentially carved out of a cave.
There are separate shrines for Goddesses Valli
and Deivanai. Right near the shrine of Lord
Subramanya is the Panchalingam shrine
which is also the extension of the cave.
Pilgrims can enter this shrine through a narrow
tunnel. Inside this, there are five Siva Lingams
believed to be worshipped by Lord Subramanya.
Next to this is the shrine for Uthsavar where
Senthilandavar lies with Valli and
the outer prakaram there are shrines for
Mukkunni Vinayakar etc. The outer prakaram
consists of corridors with huge pillars
presenting the fine artwork of the ancient
builders. In the north, there is a shrine for
Venkatachalapathi and sub shrines
for Gajalakshmi and Lord Pallikonda Ranganathar
is a shrine for Lord
Shanmughar with six faces and twelve
arms in the pose of a warrior. In the outer
prakaram, there is a opening through which one
can hear the Pravana Mantram Om from the sound of