Andaman and Nicobar islands is an example of India’s religious and cultural diversity. From aboriginal tribes, to different religions, everyone lives in harmony at this exotic locale. People participate in each others religious festivals
Situated in the heart of the capital city,Port Blair, is an ancient Murugan temple. It is situated right behind the Governors residence (Raj Niwas). The grandeur of this temple makes it a must see attraction. The temple is called Vetrimalai Murugan Temple and it is the most well known place of worship on the island. There is another Murugan temple in this place. It is located along the Car Nicobar coastline and is called the Malaka Murugan temple.
Main Deity – The main deity here is lord Muruga. Besides, there are shrines for other Gods and Goddesses like Ganpathi, Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Temple Architecture – The construction of the temple shows the influence of Dravidian style. The gopuram has intricate paintings. Even though the temple is very old, it is very well maintained. There are lush green gardens in the outer precinct. The architecture and design is very similar to the Kanda Kottam temple of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Specialties – This temple was built on the Ross Island. It was built during the British colonization era, on the request of the Tamilian administrators employed by the British. During those days, Mr. Ponnuranga Mudaliar, a Tamil businessman, foresaw the maintenance of this temple.
Festivals and Prayers – The main Tamil festivals that are celebrated at this temple are – Panguni Uthram, Kanda Sashti and Thai Poosam
Address – RGT Road, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101, India
Phone – +91-3192-232694
Temple Timings – 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Nearby Places to Visit –
North Bay Island
How to Reach – This place is well connected to the main city center. It is about 6 kilometers from the Cellular Jail and one can hire a taxi to get there.
For more information and pictures of the temple please visit – Shri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple, Port Blair
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