On the Old Mahabalipuram Road, around 40 kilometers away from Chennai is the famous temple of Lord Muruga… it is Sree Kanthaswamy Temple at Thiruporur.
It is an ancient temple – the Lord capable of granting us boons, Sri Kandaswamy here graces with Valli and Deivanai. The moorthi here is believed to be ‘suyambu’ – self made. According to legend, this place is hailed as ‘yuthapuri’. Just as Lord Muruga fought and defeated demons at Thiruchendur and Thiruparankundram, here to the destroyed the evils.
According to temple records, Muruga fought "Thalayaya Asuran" on air and this connotes the vanquishing of "arrogance or pride". Thiruporur as the very name suggests, is the venue of war ("Por" in Tamil means war). There is also the century old Adhinam known as Thiruporur Adhinam Srimad Chidambara Swamy here.
For sure a holy place does need a reference to cinema to be famous – yet this is place associated with the hit movie ‘Kanthaswamy’ …. Super hero, unearthing of black money, doing good to depraved in the name of God, super computing, hacking – many of the Hollywood ideas were put inside the entertaining film of Vikram in lead role – a movie of hero reaching out to poor and needy people who still crave for a square meal from out of enormous riches of super rich a la Robinhood was ‘Kanthasamy’…………. the film takes reference to the famous Murugan Temple at Thiruporur where thousands of people tie piece of paper containing their wish – on the tree (sthalavriksham), a tradition followed in many villages.
On 11th Sept. 2014, Kumbabishekam was performed here – thousands of devotees visited the Temple and had darshan of Lord Muruga.