There are some places that leave a lasting impression in our minds; especially when it comes to places of worship, what lingers is the impressive aura of divinity. Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple has this undeniable charm that keeps you wondering. Be it the architecture of the temple, the quaint ambiance it nestles in or the splendid sacredness that surrounds the place, Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple attracts devotees and visitors who wish to experience all of it, over and over again.
Located between Sri Ekambareswarar Temple and Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kancheepuram, Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple is also known widely as Kumara Kottam Muruga Temple. The very location of the temple in between the other temples indicates the Somaskanda form, or the way in which Muruga sits in between his parents – Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma. The sacred Kanda Puranam that praises Lord Muruga was composed by Kachiappa Sivachariar in this temple. It is believed that Kachiappa Sivachariar kept his everyday writings on Lord Muruga at the temple and next morning found it modified and perfected; which has led to the popular belief that it was the lord himself who corrected and approved the Kanda Purana.
Though dedicated to Lord Muruga, the temple also has idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and a few other shrines and sculptures. Tuesdays and Krittikai are considered to be the most auspicious days to offer worship in this temple. Skanda Shashti in October/November and Vaisaka Festival in April/May are the most important festivals in the temple.