Thiruchendur in South India is famous for the temple dedicated to lord Subrahmanya. Very few know the meaning of this word. It has to be split as thiru-sindhu-uur which became Thiruchendur. Thiru stands for Shri. sindhu stands for ocean and uur for place. In Sanskrit sinhu mans ocean. This place stands on the edge of the ocean.

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Adi Shankaracharya in his devotional song subrahmanya bhujangam uses the word sindhu-desha meaning lord of Thiruchendur.

The origin of this rock-cut temple goes back to Puranic days. Mayan, the celestial architect, had constructed a Siva shrine for Muruga’s worship. Muruga had come here with Devas to annihilate Surapadman, the Asura, who had encamped in the mid-ocean fortress off Veeramahendrapuram near Tiruchendur.
After the victory over Surapadman, the Devas and Devaguru Brihaspati worshipped the Lord at Tiruchendur. Hence the temple is also revered as a Navagraha Sthala dedicated to Guru.