'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Murugan temple – Vallimalai

Sri Murugan temple – Vallimalai

Murugan ... Azhagan ... Kandan ... Kadamban ... "Arohara to Subrahmanya Swami "!"

The devotees of Muruga believe that wherever there are hills, they are all Lord Muruga's abode! Vallimalai is the sthala where Valli was born and lived. Lord Muruga came here to attract Valli. The place is at 4 km distance from Melpadi near Valajah in North Arcot district. The hamlet got the name because of Valli. The temple is situated atop the hill.

History of the temple

A deer gave birth to a human baby girl in a forest, thick with Valli creepers. A hunter called Nambirajan picked up the child and brought her up. He named the baby Valli. The child grew up into a very beautiful girl. She started looking after the crops. When she was in the field, surrounded by her friends, Lord Muruga appeared before her as an old man. At one stage the Lord revealed His original form and married Valli at a ceremony in Thirutani. The sthala has the glory of having been the place where Lord Muruga met Valli. There is a separate sannidhi for Valli at this temple. Valli is called by the name Pongidevi.

Sri Murugan temple – Vallimalai

Architecture of the temple

Vallimalai is a beautiful place with sylvan scenery and caves and ponds. The temple is situated amidst this beautiful surrounding. There are 444 steps to climb to reach the temple. And, small resting 'mandaps' have been built in between the steps. It is believed that many siddhas lived here. Once, Kirupananda Variyar, accompanied by few people visited this place. At that time, the approach path to the temple had been laid by removing the rocks and stones. At a particular spot, Variyar saw smoke coming out from below a rock-piece. When he removed the rock, he was struck with the sight. He saw sages and siddhas sitting in the meditative mode. Everyone was struck with wonder and fear. The rock was put in place immediately. There are spots like Sunai mandap, Kumaritheertham and a tank which never receives sunlight etc. that are cited as evidences for the claim that Valli lived there.

Sri Murugan temple – Vallimalai

We can have 'darshan' of Lord Vinayaka, located opposite to 'Kodimaram'. The statues of Nambirajan and some others are seen next to Vinayaka. The main deity Subrahmanya Swami has been portrayed along with His consorts Valli and Devyani. As Lord Muruga made this sthala His abode after marrying Valli, the temple has earned the glory of blessing devotees with early marriage. Lord Muruga has been depicted with a smiling face that we believe that our prayers have already been granted by Him!

The sthala has been sung by Arunagirinadhar. 'Vangai' is the sthala vritcha and Saravanapoigai is the temple tank.

Festivals& Pujas

Maasi festival is celebrated with all grandeur for ten days during the Tamil month of Maasi. On the tenth day, the Full Moon day, the 'Thirukalyanam' of Lord Muruga- Valli is held on a grand scale. Thaipoosam, Thirukarthikai, Brahmotsav, Vaikasi Visakam, float festival in Aadi month are the other festivals celebrated at the temple.

Sri Sachidananda Swamigal deserves special mention for his efforts at spreading devotion to Lord Muruga. He established Thirupukazh ashram at Vallimalai and propagated theism and 'Muruga bhakthi' through Thirupukazh of Arunagirinadhar. He had seen Valli as a small girl. His only aim was to remain at the feet of Lord Muruga.

Sri Murugan temple – Vallimalai

Timings: The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

You all can go and have 'darshan' of Sri Subrahmanya Swamy and be blessed with His grace and all prosperity.