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History and Significance of Sri Subramaniaswami Temple, Puthur, Usilampatti 

Lord Muruga graces as a war hero with sword in hip and an anklet at His feet, a rare form not generally seen in other Muruga temples. The deity was too furious then. To bring down the furious character of the Lord, during the reign of Tirumalai Naicker, His consorts Valli and Deivanai were installed and the sword was replaced with Vel traditionally attributed to Lord Muruga. On Thai Poosam day, special abishek called Mahabisheka is performed. The Shivalinga in the temple with the Bana part only without Peeta the Avudayar has all the combined grace of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahmma called Sthanu, Maal and Ayan. The three Lords gave darshan to Sage Agasthya together in this form, hence the Linga is also praised as Agasthya Lingam. Guardian deity Muneeswaran graces under the Iluppai tree. He is Aroopa – formless. Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Mother Visalakshi, Twin Vinayakas, Navagrahas the nine planets and Saneeswara – Saturn grace from their shrines in the corridor-prakara. There are also shrines for Naga Devadas.

History of Sri Subramaniaswami Temple, Puthur, Usilampatti

The king of the region was not able to control the atrocities of a powerful robber Nagasura who was harassing the people then. The king appealed to Lord Muruga to come to his rescue to protect the people. When the robber was looting the people, Lord came before him as a youth and demanded him to seek the pardon of the people for his wrong doings. It may be recalled from our scriptures that Lord Muruga did not destroy enemies immediately and gave them a chance to correct themselves. He did not destroy Surapanma too but changed him as a peacock for His vehicle and cock to play on His flag. Lord, here too warned the robber first. He was not able to bear the warning and took it as a humiliation meted out to him and began to attack the Lord but only met with his end. People took the youth to the king but he disappeared on the way. The king understood that the youth was no less a person than Lord Muruga Himself whom he was always praying. As the Lord appeared as a youth, the place was called Kumara Koil (temple of youth). As there were more ant-hills-puttru in Tamil, it also came to be known as Puthur.

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