Thirumalai Murugar Temple-Tirunelveli
Thirumalai Murugar Temple-Tirunelveli

Thirumalaikoil is dedicated to Lord Thirumalai Kumaraswamy at Panpozhil near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. It was built by Thiruvarutchelvar Sivakami Ammaiyar. Elephants were used to carry stone pillars and beams to the top of the hill while building the temple.  Those were the days when strong ropes were not available, they used ropes made of palm fibres and sometimes they gave in resulting in their rolling down.  When they were cut off and rolled down, it is said that an ascetic women, Sivakami Ammaiyar dared her life and stopped the stone with her head, crying Muruga, Muruga. Generally, people believe that Aiyappan temple alone was built by the king of Pandala while he built this Tirumalai temple too at the border of Kerala. Places known for Aiyappan worship as Ariangavu, Achankoil and Kulathupuzhai are around this place. The temple is surrounded by green fields, coconut trees, ponds, a number of windmills and a dam. The towns of Tenkasi and Sengottai are visible from the hilltop. There are 625 steps to reach the temple at the hill top. This is also called Tirikoodamalai.

At the entrance of the hill, there is a shrine for Lord Vallabha Vinayaka. There are two Padukas – Foot Symbol. The sacred spring at the top of the hill is called Ashta Padmakulam. It is presently called Poonjunai. A flower called Kuvalai mentioned in Tamil literatures blossomed here. Only one flower would blossom a day. The seven virgins (Saptha Kannikas) worshipped Muruga. While the idols of Saptha Kannikas are found only in Lord Shiva temple, they are installed on the banks of the spring in this temple too. The seven powers of Mother Parvathi are called Saptha Kannikas. Those born of Visaka star should visit this temple at least once in their life time. Three herbal plants grew in this hill named Odavalli and Nalamoolika representing the powers of the stars Visaka, Kruthika and Uthara related to Lord Muruga worship. Vinayaka Temple has 16 steps priased as shodasa Vinayaka. Shodasa in Sanskrit means 16. The number represents 16 wealth such as education, courage, success, material wealth etc. Every Tamil month feeding is organized by a Devotee Association from 6.00 a.m. till night.


Thirumalai kumarar temple-Tirunelveli
Thirumalai kumarar temple-Tirunelveli

Once there was only Vel – the weapon of Lord Muruga, in the temple. The priest of the temple, Poovan Pattar was performing pujas for the Vel. One day after the puja he taking resting under a tamarind tree, Murugan appeared in his dreams and said that the mountain belonged to him and he was in the form of a statue at Kottaithiradu, a little away from the place. Lord asked the priest to go to the place where ants would be moving in a line and that He was there. The priest informed the king.  The idol was taken from the pit and installed. The temple was built by the Pandala king. It is believed that pitrus (departed ancestors) live in the mountains. Therefore, performing Tarpans to them at this place would greatly benefit the following generations. The devotion of Sivakami Ammayar with steadfastness and determination carrying the stones for building the temple is a thrilling story.

Opening Time

Morning 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Evening 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


  • Thiruvanandal pooja                   07: 00 AM
  • Udaya Marthandam pooja          07: 30 AM
  • Sirukalasanthi pooja                   08: 30 AM
  • Kalasanthi pooja                         09: 00 AM
  • Uchikkala Pooja                          12: 00 PM
  • Sayaratchai                                  06: 00 PM
  • Ardhajama Pooja                        08: 00 PM
  • Ekantham pooja                         08: 15 PM


Thirumalai Kumaraswamy Temple-Inside View
Thirumalai Kumaraswamy Temple-Inside View
  • Step festival on the first of Chithirai
  • Vaikasi Visakam in May-June
  • Skanda Sashti in October-November
  • Karthikai float festival in November-December
  • Thai Poosam in January-February

By Bus

City bus service is available from Tenkasi and Shengottai. Panpoli is located at about 6 Kms from Sengottai, 14 Kms from Courtrallam, 11 Kms from Tenkasi, 70 Kms from Thirunelveli.

By Train

Near By Railway Station Tenkasi and Sengottai.

By Air

Near By Airport Madurai and Tiruvananthapuram.

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