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This is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga, son of Shiva. This temple is situated along shores of Bay of Bengal in the town of Tiruchendur, a coastal town in Tuticorin in the state Tamil Nadu, India.

The one on left of called the Raja Gopuram, which is the main temple. It has nine storeys and it is about 137 feet high and 90 feet long north to south and 65 feet broad east to west. At the top of the Gopuram the width is 20 feet and the length is 49 feet. To indicate that the Gopuram consists of 9 storeys there are nine Kalasams (sacred copper pots) at the top of the Gopuram.

The Gopuram on the right is the magnificent Shanmugha Vilasam is the front extension to the main temple. The mandapam is 120 feet long, 86 feet broad and supported by 124 columns. Those who observe fast, stay in this mandapam where sea breeze blows refreshingly. This mandapam was originally made of white stones. It was later renovated with granite stones. The granite roof of the mandapam, without the support of pillars, bears testimony to the excellent architectural technology of the ancient days.

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