Udayanapuram Subrahmanyaswamy temple
This very famous temple is very near the famous Vaikom Mahadeva temple and the Kumaranallor Bhagwathi temple . Devotes believe that a visit to The Mahadeva temple is only complete after visiting Udayanapuram temple . The devotees of Palani Subramanya belonging to Kerala consider that a visit to Udayanapuram is equivalent to going on a pilgrimage to Palaani.
There is a very peculiar story about the origin of the temple. It seems the temple in Kumaranallore was built with an idea of making it a Subrahmnya temple and Undayanapuramtemple , then known as Udayanayaki puram was intened to house the Bhagawathi(Goddess) .But The Goddess BHagawathi wanted to stay in Kumaranallur and the temple of Subrahmanya was shifted to Udayanapuram. The temple town of Bhagathi was then onwards called Kunaran alla nallore(The good place where Subrahmanya is not there.)
The God Subrahmanya in this temple has four arms and neither 12 nor two which are very common. The temple has very large number of carvings , paintings and statues carved of wood and stone.
The Thaipoosam festival is celebrated in a very big way at this temple. Similar to Palani temple , large number of Kavadis are carried to this temple. On the last day of the Brahmothsavam of the Vaikom temple. Vaikathappan comes to Udayana puram to see his son., This is celebrated in a very grand way at this temple. Skanda sashti and Panguni uthram are also celebrated at this temple.
On the Vaikathu Ashtami day Lord Subrahmanya from this temple goes in a grand procession to Vaikom ,
This temple is only 2 km from Vaikom Mahadeva temple.