Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple
Built with similar architectural nuances of Kanda Kottam, Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple at Port Blair attracts plenty of visitors, mainly Tamil people. Though there are other temples in the region, this big temple dedicated to Lord Murugan has more devotees and there are main festivals celebrated at the temple like Kanda Shashti and Panguni Uthram. This temple is an evidence that Andaman is not just about beaches and islands but it distributes fun and satisfaction for versatile groups of visitors.
The temple was built in the year of 1926 by the British in order to have the Tamil people on the side and loyal to the British. Firstly the temple came into the establishment at Ross Island and then it was shifted to Port Blair after India got independence from the British rule. Ponnuranga Mudaliar, a famous and prominent businessman was the guardian of the temple during its first years.
Highlights: The main festivals like Kanda Shashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthram etc are celebrated at this temple and during this period, numerous devotees come to the temple to participate in these festivals. Another highlight of the temple is its charity works. It gives food for poor people on the island.
The temple management makes it sure that they feed about 40000 people who come to visit the temple during the festival season and make them satisfied. The Dravidian architectural style has influenced the structure of this temple also and that is the primary reason for its undiminished shining after these many years of existence. The main gopuram of the temple portrays intricate paintings and thus a heritage value has been added to it.
Location: Shadipur, Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar. The temple is located at a place very close to Cellular Jail also, about 6 km’s distance only and well connected to the main city center of Port Blair.
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