10 day Tirukarthikai festival in November-December is the important festival of the temple drawing crowd in lakhs. 10 day Chithirai Brahammotsavam in April-May, Vaikasi Visagam in May-June, Aavani Pavithrotsavam in August-September, 10 day Navarathri in September-October, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, 10 day Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Thai Poosam in January-February, Panguni Valli Kalyanam in March-April are the other festivals celebrated in the temple. Of these, the festivals falling in Chithirai, Karthikai and Thai Tamil months are inaugurated with flag hoisting. Thirupadi festival for the steps is celebrated on the English New Year day. Also, monthly Kruthika star days, Monthly Tamil new days, New moon and full moon days, Sashti days, Visakam star days, Tamil and English New Year days, Deepavali and Pongal are devotionally celebrated in the temple. The crowd in the temple is huge on Tuesdays and all festival days.
Lord Muruga graces devotees in His best attire. He looks with a ripe, wise and philosophical look during the Vibuthi (sacred ash) abishek, a majestic Balasubramania in Sandal abishek. If one closely observes the sanctum sanctorum, the peeta – stage- on which the Lord stands looks like the Shivlinga Avudayar and the Lord as Shivalinga itself. This represents the philosophy that Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga are but one and not different from each other. In the place of the traditional peacock before the Lord, there is elephant here, which was gifted by Indira after the destruction of demon Harikesa, according to scriptures.
The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Sri Swaminathaswami Temple, Swamimalai, Thanjavur district.
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There are no hills in Thanjavur district. It is in this region, Swamimalai stands. As hills are the abodes of Lord Muruga, He is gracing from this hill temple. There are 60 steps to reach the hill temple representing the 60 Tamil Years. These are considered at par with the importance of 18 steps in Sabarimala. The deities of the Tamil years are praying to Lord Muruga in the form of steps. Hence, the Padi Puja (puja for the steps) is conducted on Tamil and English New Year days with coconuts, fruits and singing hymns.
Lord Muruga is the destination for solution of all problems in human life. People appeal to the Lord for happy wedding life, child boon, family prosperity, longevity, education, wisdom, higher education, job opportunities, promotion in jobs and for removal of obstacles in their various endeavours.
Tonsuring in the temple, abishek with sandal, panchamirtha ( a mixture of five ingredients), milk are performed by devotees. Feeding is undertaken by some. Devotees light ghee lamps. Carry milk pots and Kavadi and arrange pujas. Those facing enemy troubles perform Thirisada archana. The rich offer liberal contributions for the maintenance and renovation of the temple.
Greatness Of Temple:
Swamimalai is the 4th Padiaveedu (army camp) of Lord Muruga. This is where He taught His Father Himself-Lord Shiva. Six feet tall Lord Muruga graces with His tuft, sacred thread on the chest and a staff in the right hand and the left on the lap. It is His Vel weapon that created the Nethra theertha in the temple. He graces in meditation style as a Guru. He graces with the Vajra Vel representing three divine powers – Itcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti and Kriya Shakti. Mother Earth worshipped Lord Muruga for relief from a curse of Mother Parvathi and even after realizing Her boon, She is staying here in the form of a gooseberry tree. Swamimalai temple is praised in the hymns of Arunagiriar’s Tirupugazh and in Tirumugattrupadai by poet Nakkeerar considered as the invocation song in Sangam Tamil literature edition. Brahmma, Bhoomadevi, Indira worshipped the Lord in this temple. As the Lord was a Guru to His own Father Lord Shiva, the place is revered as Gurumalai, Gurugiri.
It is a popular story that Brahamma the Creator bypassed Lord Muruga when both met on an occasion without offering the respect to the Young Lord which He deserved. Muruga intercepted Brahmma and demanded the meaning of the Pranava Mantra Ohm. The Creator could not answer. Muruga pounced on Brahmmas four heads and put him in prison as he was not qualified for the creation job. He began creation Himself. Vishnu appealed to Lord Shiva for the release of Brahmma. Muruga obeyed His father’s order. When Lord Shiva asked the Son to explain the meaning of Ohm, the Young Son explained the meaning in detail, but secretly close to Father’s ears as this is such a holy mantra which the righteous and wise alone should know. The event took place in this sacred soil.
Miracle Based:Tamil word Murugu means all youthfulness and handsomeness. Needless to say that Lord Muruga is handsomeness personified. He shines in every dress-Alankara. He is a ripe spiritual leader in Vibuti abishek, a Majestic Balasubramania in Sandal abishek. If we look closely at the sanctum sanctorum, Lord Muruga appears as the Bana part of a Shivalinga and the peeta as the Avudayar. This is to emphasize the truth that Lord Muruga and Lord Shiva are not different from each other but one. In the place of peacock as the Vahan, an elephant is before the sanctum. It is said that an elephant Harikesan by name, earlier a demon, worshipped Lord Muruga. This is the elephant, the famous Iravadham gifted to Lord Muruga, according to Puranas. Scientific Based-
Chithirai New Year day falling almost on April 14, Chithira Poornima-Full Moon in April-May, Akshaya Tritiya in April-May with Lord coming in procession on Garuda Vahana, procession of Lord on Silver Garuda Vahana on Vaikasi Visaka star day in May-June, Aadi perukku in July-August, Gokhulashtami and Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Purattasi Saturdays and Vijayadasami in September-October, Tirukarthika in November-December, Hanuman Jayanthi, two car processions for Anjaneya and the Lord with Mother on Sri RamaNavami day and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
There are no idols as presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum. Only a 12 feet tall post held by Sri Anjaneya is considered the presiding deity of the temple
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Sri Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kallankurichi, Ariyalur district.
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The ten Avatars of Lord Sri Vishnu are aesthetically sculpted in the Dasavathara mandap in the temple. The temple is noted for its sculptures. The sacred tree Mahalingamaram is near the sanctum still green as in ancient days.
If agricultural yields are happy, farmers undertake to contribute a specific quantity to the temple. There are huge warehouses around the temple to stock food grains. Ear boring ceremonies only are conducted in the temples. Marriages are not celebrated here.
Besides contributing large quantities of food grains, farmers also donate the first calf of their cattle for their health.
Greatness Of Temple:
There is a 12 feet tall post in the sanctum sanctorum held by Sri Anjaneya which is considered the presiding deity. Pujas are performed only to this post. There is no Sorgavasal (Gates of Heaven) on the Vaikunda Ekadasi day as traditionally seen in Vaishnavite temples. Instead, procession deity is taken on procession. There is no separate shrine for Mother. As the presiding deity is believed to be in the post in the sanctum, it implies that Mothers too are with the Lord in the post. Procession deity Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi.
About 250 years ago, one Gopalan, belonging to Vanniya community was residing in Ariyalur Sidhalavadi. His son Mangan was managing a herd of cows. He found one of the cows in its advanced pregnant state missing and could not find it even after three day search. On the third night, Lord appeared in his dream and said that his cow was safe at a place two miles westward between a banyan and Mavilinga tree near a bush and that he could pick his cow and calf. Mangan was too happy to have his cow and calf at the place indicated by the Lord and found a post wet with the milk of the cow. He worshipped the post and returned home happily. On the seventh night then, Mangan heard the Lord telling him in the dream what great a fool was he to return home with his cow and calf only leaving the post which even great rishis could not see even after a penance of 8000 years. “You have left behind a thing that has no end. You are not aware of the relationship between me and your ancestors who were worshipping Vishnu in Seethalavadi. They were bringing this post to build a temple but could not as the axis of the cart broke down on the way and they left me there. It is the wooden post you saw the other day. It is now your duty to install the post and begin the worship. I hid your cow only to remind you of your duty. I am Kaliyuga Perumal.” So saying, Lord disappeared. Mangan took the command of the Lord on his head, brought the wooden post and built the temple. Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal thus came into being in Kallankurichi.
Miracle Based:There are no idols as presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum. Only a 12 feet tall post held by Sri Anjaneya is considered the presiding deity of the temple