Sri Kumara Kottam temple is the most important Muruga (Subramanya) temples of Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples. Kumara Kottam temple is located on the west Raja street at a distance of around half a km from Kanchipuram bus stand. The temple is located very near to Kamakshi Amman temple and Sankara Mutt. The shrine of Sri Subramanya Swami in Kanchipuram finds a significant place in Hindu mythology. There is lot of things to be spoken about this temple. Hindu mythology finds a very specific and important position for Sri subramaniya swami, in this temple. The Hindus on their pilgrimage should surely visit this temple.
‘‘Soma Skandha’’ posture indicates Lord Shiva seated with the Goddess Shakthi to his left, with his son, Lord Subramanya seated between them. Valli, Deivayani are absent here, but their festival idols are kept hereThe location of the Kumara Kottam Temple between Sri Ekambereswarar Temple and Sri Kâmâkshi Amman Temple reminds devotees of the Somaskanda form in which Muruga sits in between Parvati and Parameswara.
The Subramanyar here was worshipped by Sage Agasthiar. Though this is a Murugan temple, Lord Shiva as Arunachaleswarar with Abitha Kuchalambal and Sarabeswarar (in a pillar) are also present. In this temple, there is a sacred Kanda Puranam in praise of Lord Muruga was composed by the saintly scholar Kachiappa Sivachariyar. According to the account of Kachiappa, each day he would write his inspired account for the career of Lord Murugan or Skanda, and in the evening deposit his day’s work in the mûlasthânam of Lord Subrahmanya at Kumara Kottam. Each night miraculously, then the Lord Himself would modify Kacciappa’s manuscript with His own corrections. Hence, the great Kanda Puranam is considered to be the absolutely authoritative account of Lord Murugan’s career bearing the seal of approval of none other than the Lord Himself.
Kumara Kottam temple has a separate shrine for Lord Vishnu called as Urugum Ulla Perumal. There is a legend associated to this shrine. When there was a disastrous flood all over the world, the sage Markendeya swam through and reached Kanchipuram. The city was not affected by the flood. Lord Vishnu followed the sage and he too reached Kanchipuram. He bathed in the holy waters of Ulakaana and worshipped Lord Subramanya of Kumara Kottam temple. As per his request, Lord Subramanya made him to be present next to his shrine in the same temple.
According to mythology, Lord Muruga punished Lord Brahma for his ignorance of the meaning of the Pranava mantra, by a hard knock on his vortex with His fist and then imprisoned him. Later, He assumed the Creation duties of Lord Brahma. In this Kumara Kottam Temple, Lord Muruga installed himself in the sanctum in the ‘Creator’ (Brahmasasta) form.
A noteworthy feature is that all the deities of Kanchipuram, when they come out in procession during festivals pass before Kumara Kottam Temple invariably. There are also other shrines and idols such as Ramalingar, Shanmuga with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Kachiappar, and Pamban Swamigal.
Kumara Kottam temple is definitely one temple in Kanchipuram which should not be missed.
Every Tuesday and every Krittikai is very auspicious to pray in this temple. The two most important festivals celebrated in this temple are Skanda Shashti immediately after Deepavali in October/Novermber and Vaisaka Festival in April/May every year. The Rahuhala (4.30pm-6.00pm) Sarabeswara Pooja during every Sunday is very special here.
Darshan Timing : 6.00am-1.00pm & 3.00pm-8.00pm