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The second composition we have to listen today is a Subramanya sthuthi. Both the Vinayaka and Subramanya sthuthis are to be sung prior to beginning the Navavarana krithis. Sri. Dikshithar has composed a krithi on Lord Murugan of Tiruchendur, “Balasubramanyam bhajeham” in ragam Surutti and in the second vibhakthi.

Tiruchendur Murugan temple is known as the second Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. The puranic name or historical name for this temple is Jayanthipuram. Lord Muruga won the battle with the asura, Surapadma and worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place. Soorasamharam, a reenactment of the victory over Soorapadman, and Kanda Shasti, a devotional song in praise of Lord Muruga are performed at the temple. The temple is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Normally, the Raja Gopuram will be in the eastern side of temples in Tamil Nadu. But in Thiruchendur alone the Raja Gopuram is in the western side. It is said that the Raja Gopuram was not erected on the eastern side since the sea is very close in the eastern side.

Please listen to the Dikshithar krithi on Tiruchendur Murugan and enjoy the festivity; this is sung by Dr. Padma Sugavanam.

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