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Murugan Temple, Maruthamalai

Marudhamalai is a small natural hill lying to the west of Coimbatore. More than 800 years old, the presiding deity is Lord Subramaniaswamy. The temple dedicated to Lord Murugan is at a height of 600 feet from the foot of the hill.

The Flight of steps is interspread with attractive mandapams. Though shorn of all sculptural and architectural glories, the hilly background of this temple compensates for their absence and makes it an attractive picnic spot even from the point of view of an holiday-maker.

The hoary past of the temple can be traced in such ancient works as Sage Kachiappar’s Perur Puranam. The origin of the temple is rooted in legendary antiquity and dates back to the age of Surapadma, the demon destroyed by Lord Subramanya referred to in Skandapuranam.

The inscriptions found in Tiru Muruganatha Swami Temple, Tiru Murugan Poondi Places the origin of the temple in the 12th century A.D. Kongu Nadu was divided into 24 regions in the early days. It is learnt that one such Arai Nadu in the west has its boundary in the Marudhamalai Hills.

Perur Puranam and the inscriptions at Tiru Murugan Poondi speak of Marudhamalai as the very manifestations of Lord Muruga Himself and the Marudham tree as the symbolic representation of his spear ( vel ). Marudhamalai is celebrated by Saint Arunagirinathar in his celestial songs.

The holy shrine of Marudhamalai is believed to remove both physical and mental afflictions and attachments as the hill abounds in Medicinal herbs. The pleasant breeze and the peaceful environments bring harmony and quietness to the minds of devotees.

The saints and holymen used to prefer this hill and came here in search of ‘KayaKalpam’ the Divine medicine for Salvation. The celestial cow ‘Kamadhenu’ is believed to have grazed in the pastures of this hillock and drunk from the springs under the Marudham tree as per Perur Puranam written by Kachiappa Munivar. Maruthamalai temple is 12kms from Coimbatore and the presiding deity is Lord Dhandayuthapani. Apart from steps, with resting mantaps there is also a motorable ghat road to reach the temple that is situated on a hillock.

The temple was renovated in 1996 and a ‘Mahakumbhabhisekam’ was performed then. Special pooojas and abhisekhams are done apart from the regular Kiruthigai. It is considered as true that Lord Dhandayuthapani has performed a number of miracles to help and to please his devotees.

The temple is kept open during 05.00AM to 12.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 08.00 PM. Bus routes are 1, 11, 92, S12, S15, S26, etc.

Daily poojas and archanas are performed for the presiding deity. There are schemes enabling the devotees to perform abhishegam and archana for the deity everyday. An endowment investment of Rs. 3000/- under ‘Nitya Pooja Kattalai’ will facilitate a devotee to perform abhishegam and archana in his or her name on a day specified.

Maruthamalai Murugan Temple

An offering of Rs. 50/- to the temple will fetch the prasadam of the deity of the Archana performed in the devotee’s name on Krithigai for one full year. Prasadam is sent to the devotee concerned by Post. Mention may be made here that several devotees from abroad have joined these schemes and are blessed by Lord Muruga.

Perur puranam lists the three neighboring hills, vellingiri, Nili and Marudhamalai as the very manifestations of Lord Siva, Parvati and Subramanya respectively and the three hills taken together as the very symbol of Somaskanda. A siddha, overcome by excessive tiredness and thirst, sought shelter under the shade of a Marudham tree and prayed for the mercy of Lord Muruga for a shower of water, which sprang at once, as though by a miracle from the tree.

As water gushed out from the roots of the Marudham tree, the Siddha jumped in joy, glorifying Muruga as the Lord of Marudham and jalam ( water ). With the passage of time, Marudhajalapati became Marudhachalapati. According to Perur Puranam, Surapadma, the scourage of the gods aided by his mighty brothers, Singamukha and Taraka arrayed against them and struck terror in their already agitated minds by his sudden and surprising charges and depredations. Unable to bear the agony and anguish, the gods approached Lord Siva and sought His succour.

Lord Siva comforted the gods that Lord Muruga would come to their rescue, root out and destroy Surapadma and his retinue enmasse. The gods should hasten to the Marudhamalai Hills and await the advent of Lord Muruga, their Saviour! Perur Puranam also alludes to a king called kusathvajan, who it is said, was blessed with a male issue, only after worshipping Marudhamalai Murugan. This temple is 12 Km from the city, after the Bharathiyar University, on the Western Ghats.

Since the temple is located amidst ‘Marutham’ trees, it is called Maruthamalai and the deity is called Maruthachalamurthy, Marutha Malaiyan etc. To conquer Surapadman, Murugan was praying the Lord for Blessings and Power. Lord Shiva appeared, conveyed the moola manthram in the ears of Murugan and told him to go and conquer the demon Surapadman. So temple is called Man-dhirachalam also.

Poojas are conducted daily four times. Special poojas are done during Vaikasi Visakam, Aippasi Kandar Sashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram etc. Brahmothsavam and Car Festival are also very famous. Pampati Sidhar was staying here. Arunagiri Nathar had composed devotional songs on the deity. There are references on this temple in the stone carvings of 12th century in Thirumurugan Poondi. Procession of the deity in Golden Car takes place at festival times. The temple is open betwn 5.30 to 13 hours & 14.00 to 20.00 hrs.

Buses that ply to the foot hills of the temple are- 1, 1D, S15, S26, 46, 76 etc. Steps are provided to the temple on the hillock. Two wheelers and Cars can be driven in the adjuscent motorable road to the top.

Arulmigu Subramaniyaswamy Thirukoil,
Deputy Commissioner / Executive Officer,
Marudhamalai, Coimbatore – 641 046,
Temple Office Phone No. : + 91 ( 422 ) 2422490.

Other Murugan Temples in the City are :

Kulandai Velayuthasamy Temple
Kurunthamalai ( 5 km from karamadai ),

Subramaniar Temple, Anuvavi
Thadagam Road, 12th Km.
Temple is on a hillock 200ft high.

Velayuthasamy Temple
( 21 km from Coimbatore ).

Murugan Temple
Sukrawarpet, Near Gandhipark,
Coimbatore – 641002.

Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple
Near RVS Colleges,
Trichy Road, Sulur,

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