Subramaniyaswami Temple, Marudamalai is a popular hill temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, situated near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.It is considered as the Seventh House of Lord Murugan. The deity is seen to be magnificently mounted on his vehicle, which is a peacock. The temple is situated upon a hillock, part of the Western Ghats about 15 km west from the city of Coimbatore. The temple god is also known as multiple names like Marudhamalai Andavar, Marudachalapathi and Dhandayuthanpani. Near the foothill, there is a temple for Pillayar known as the “Thaan thondri Vinaayakar”. The Temple is said to belong to the 12th century. Stone inscriptions dating back to the 12th Century contain words such as Marudhan and Marudhachalam, which reveal that the names were in vogue even then.There are various water bodies around the temple, namely Maruda Theertham and Snake charmer’s spring, which is believed to possesses medicinal properties. A rajagopuram was built recently and the kumbabhishekam was grandly performed by the temple.
There is a cave referred to as “Paambaatti Sitthar Kugai” dedicated to a Sitthar who lived here. Pambatti Siddhar was one of the 18 siddhars. He lived in the 12th century. Pampatti Siddar made penance on Marudhamalai hill. Murugan is said to have appeared as a snake. Later, Lord Murugan appearing along with his consorts Valli and Deivanai is said to have given Siddhar marudha theertham and blessed him. A connecting tunnel route from Lord Murugan’s sanctum sanctorum and Siddhar’s cave was formed and Siddhar is believed to have used it to worship the Lord.
The Vel weapon of Lord Muruga installed in the sanctum sanctorum is 6.75 feet tall speaking volumes of its sculptural beauty. The Chakras representing the Panchabhoodas – Five elements that make up the world – earth, space, fire, air and water are shown in the stem of vel. A small holeis made in Vidhana for the natural light falling on the vel. The first hall – mandap is formed with six points representing the Sa Ra Va Na Bha Va, six letter mantra of Lord Muruga.
Lord Muruga is glorified as the God of mountain and mountainous regions in THIRU MUGURUGATRUPADI, a noted work of the Tamil Literature of the Sangam Age. The word Muruga is also known as several meanings such as sweetness, youthfulness, beauty, divinity and honey and therefore it is but natural for the Lord to have His abode amidst scenic beauty among hills and mountains. Coimbatore is about 500 feet tall in a Plateau in the Western Ghats Fifteen kilometers north, amidst lush vegetation and salubrious climate, Marudhamalai Mountains, decicated to Lord Murugan (Maruthachalamoorthy) is classified under KUNRUTHORADAL, one of the six main abodes of the God, the others being THIRUVAVINANKUDI (Palani), THIRUPARANGUNRAM, (Near Madurai), THIRUCHEERALAVAI (Thiruchendur), THIRUVERAGAM (Swamimalai) and PAZHAMUDHIRSOLAI (Azhagarkoil near Madurai), THIRUTHANI. The background of the shiny bluemountains is set the shrubs and bushes of different hues, the sacred shrine verily reflects the picture of Lord Muruga, magnificently mounted on his vehicle peacock, flaunting and swaying its feathers and plume in Full bloom.
As per legend stories, the temple can be traced in such ancient works as Sage Kachyapar’s PERUR PURANAM. The origins of the temple rooted in old-fashioned antiquities, seeking the age of Surapadama, a demon destroyed by Lord Subramaniam in Skandapuram. The inscriptions found in Thirumuruganathaswami Temple, Thirumurganpoondi places the origin of the temple in the 12th century A.D.According to Perur puranam, Soorapadama, the scourge of the gods aided by his mighty brothers, Singamukha and Tharaka arrayed against them and struck terror in their already agitated minds by his sudden and surprising charges and depredations.It is impossible to bear the agony and the anguish, He approached Lord Shiva and sought his help. Lord Shiva conceived that Lord Muruga is God Turn back to their rescue, chase the roots and destroy Surapadama 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 Muruga. The Divine Cow Kamadhenu is reported to have grazed in the pastures of the hills of Marudhamalai.The Three neighboring hills, Vellingiri,Nili and marudhamalai is the manifestation of Siva,Parvati and Subramanya and the three hills taken together as the very symbol of Somaskanda.
Morning 5:30 A.M to 01:00 P.M
Evening 2:00 P.M to 08:30 P.M
- Viswaroopa Dharsanam (ushakkalam) – 6.00 A.M
- Kalasandhi Pooja – 9.00 A.M
- Uchikkalam Pooja – 12.00 P.M
- Thirukkappiduthal in day time – 1.00 P.M to 2.00 P.M
- Sayaratchai Pooja – 5.00 P.M
- Ardha Jama Pooja (Rakkalam) – 8.30 P.M
- Chittira Pournami – 14 April to 13 May
- Vaigasi visagam – 14 May to 14 June
- Aadi Kartigai – 16 July to 16 August
- Ippasi Sashti – 17 October to 15 November
- Thiru Karthigai – 16 November to 15 December
- Thai Pusam – 14 January to 13 February
Arulmigu Maruthamalai Murugan Temple is 16.5 KM from the Coimbatore Bus stand.You can easily hire a cab or board a bus from the city to reach the temple.There are plenty of town buses from all over Coimbatore city to this Marudamalai Murugan temple.
Nearest railway station is Coimbatore railway station. Coimbatore is well connected by rail with the important places within and beyond the state.
Nearest Airport is Coimbatore Airport, 25.7km distance between the temple to Airport.
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