The non-descript Puthiragoundampalayam in Attur taluk of Salem district, Tamil Nadu, India, has shot to fame and is now etched on the world map as the home of the tallest Lord Murugan idol. Lord Muruga, who is the youngest son of Goddess Parvathi and Shiva, is considered a Tamil Kadavul or Tamil God and is highly regarded by devotees young and old. The idol built in the Salem district is 146 feet and beats the 140-foot idol in Batu caves, Malaysia, and is consecrated at the Muthumalai Murugan Thirukovil. The consecration happened on April 6, 2022, with a Kumbabisheham performed in the presence of many devotees from nearby places. During the consecration, a helicopter was used to shower flower petals. The trust organised Annadanam to offer free Prasadam.
Who was the Brainchild Behind the Largest Lord Murugan Statue
The world’s largest Lord Murugan statue was built by Sri Muthumalai Murugar Trust (SMMT) and is headed by N Sridhar, a businessman from Attur. Sridhar, who is also the chairman of the trust, decided to build this temple on his land. According to him, he got this idea when he found out that Batu caves in Malaysia had the tallest statue of God Murugan. He wanted local people who could not visit Malayasia to worship and get blessings from his hometown instead of travelling so far.
After deciding to use his land to construct the statue in 2014, he took two years to initiate the process of construction. The Bhoomi pooja for the same was held in March 2016, and he appointed a sculptor of great reputation, Tiruvarur Thiyagarajan. Thiyagarajan has the distinction of guiding the sculpting of Batu caves too, so the project was in experienced hands from the start. The building was constructed using more than 25,000 people, and lakhs of bricks and cement bags were used to erect the temple. Apart from the Lord Murugan statue, an 80 feet Vel is attached to the colourful statue. An elevator is being planned so that the devotees can reach up to a height of 120 feet to have a closer look at the statue. The temple also houses an Annadhanam hall for the distribution of free Prasadam. N Sridhar also plans to construct marriage halls, medical care facilities, and an old age home on the premises.
Where is the Idol Located?
The world’s tallest Murugan statue is located in Puthiragoundampalayam in Salem, Tamil Nadu. It is conveniently located on the National Highway of Salem-Ulundurpet. The statue is visible from the road, and one can catch a glimpse of it from there itself. Getting to this temple can be done using various modes of transport.
The village Puthiragoundampalayam in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district is located 40 km east of Salem and 290 km from Chennai. Some of the nearby cities to this village are Salem, Rasipuram, Thammampatti, and Namagiripettai. One can reach this destination by car, take the Salem-Ulundurpet highway, take a bus to reach Salem, and then hire an auto or a local bus. Devotees can also take a train and get down at the Ettapur or Pedanayakanpalayam railway station and hire an auto.
A Note on Lord Muruga
Lord Muruga is worshipped by the people of South India. For the uninitiated, Muruga is known by various names: Shanmuga, Skanda, Karthikeya, and Subramanya. He is a unique God and is a combination of divine intelligence and supreme valour. He is considered a youthful God and is dressed as a warrior with a Vel (weapon). He is shown with 6 faces and 12 hands that carry different weapons. His vehicle is a peacock, and a snake gives him company. It is believed that those who worship HIM get power, and wisdom and are free from karmic bondage.