Tiru Avinankudi Temple is among the earliest holy residence of Muruga and perhaps it had humble beginnings under the shade of the nelli tree (amla). One of the famous Tamil poets, Nakkeerar says that God Muruga holds at Tiru Avinankudi a Royal Court of all gods with saints emancipated and clad in saffron-dyed clothes and deerskin.
The presiding deity is Muruga as a child sitting on a peacock. The worshippers can take a convenient and full view since the sanctum is on an elevation. He is like a kindly monarch on His throne who receives the humble tributes and petitions of His loyal subjects.
The temple was renovated in the years between 1898 and 1910 by N. M. Subramanian, Chettiar of Karaikudi and K.P.S. Palaniappa Chettiar of Kandanur. S.P. Ramanathan Chettiar and other members of the first donor's family have added in 1968 a majestic Raja gopuram-one of Palani's landmarks visible from the hill-temple.
Since the late 1970's, a few small shrines and an artistic "mandapam" have been constructed, adding to the beauty of an already beautiful temple.
Tiru Avinankudi Temple was an amazing site to see even before the renovations and has continued to be one since. It has attracted masters of education studying the Muruga and its faithful worshippers alike.
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