Tiruttani a holy place, is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya and is situated in Tiruvallur district and 84 km away from north west Chennai. The temple is situated on a hillock. Three Hundred and Sixty five Steps lead to the shrine, each step representing a day of the year. Tiruttani is the Fifth Padai Veedu of Lord Muruga. The Other five Temples in the Arupadai Veedu sung by Nakkeerar are:
1.Tiruparamkundram Subramanya Swami Temple
4.Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple
2.Swamimalai Swaminatha Swami Temple
3.Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple
5.Palamudhircholai Subramanya Swamy Temple
The various names of the presiding deity include Subrahmanya, Subramanya Swamy, Sengalvarayanm, Murugavel and Thanigesa Peruman. This holy shrine of Lord Muruga has been sung by various poets like Arunagiri Nathar and Kumara Guruparar. The temple is a very old one and scriptures can be used to trace the temple’s existence to as early as two thousand years ago. The temple is known be several names some of which are Kunruthor Adal, Thanigachalam, Santhipuri and Skandagiri. This temple is considered as one of the most important abodes of Muruga.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Murugan married Valli, the daughter of a hunting tribe cheiftain, here. Murugan is the parihara for all Rahu doshas. Offer worship at this ancient shrine of Lord Murugan and receive his divine grace in abundance. December 31st Step Festival When the new year srikes on 31st dec midnight, hundreds of thousands of devotees are present on the sacred Tanikai hill to have the darshan of their Lord. They come to Tiruttani to offer their heart-felt prayers to our Lord on that day and night to be blessed with peace and plenty during the New Year. This festival came into vogue during the British Raj when the famous Vallimalai Swamigal persuaded his followers to offer their homage first to Lord Tanigesan, the giver of all good, and only then to their official bosses. On this day, numerous bhajana parties gather and ascend the hill, singing the melodious Tiruppugazh songs and burning camphor on each of the hill’s 365 steps, one for each day of the New Year.
Darshan Timing : 5.45am to 9.00pm