Swamimalai Murugan Temple

Swamimalai Murugan Temple is 4th among of the six holy abodes of Lord Murugan. This temple is 8 km from Kumbakonam and is located on a hilltop. There are shrines of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar is 60 ft above the ground and is close the Swaminatha Swamy Temple. One has to climb 60 steps to reach the temple where 60 steps represent 60 Tamil Calendar years. Six rituals will be performed in a day for the main deity. Swaminatha Swamy Idol inside the sanctum Sanctorum is 6 ft tall.

Swamimalai Murugan Temple History

As per the Legends, Lord Muruga imprisoned Lord Brahma for His ignorance towards Pranava Mantra Om and assumed the role of the Brahma (Creator). Lord Vishnu requested Lord Siva to resolve the dispute. Lord Siva asked Murugan to release Brahma for which Murugan replied that imprisonment is the punishment for his Ignorance. Then Siva asked Murugan to explain the meaning of Pranava Mantra ‘Om’ for which he had given a detailed explanation in His father’s ear.  Murugan as the Guru and Siva and his disciple. This holy took place at Swamimalai.

It is believed that Goddess Bhudevi relieved from Goddess Parvati’s curse by worshipping Murugan. Goddess Bhudevi transformed as a gooseberry tree and stayed here in the temple premises.

This ancient temple was built in 2 BC and later renovated by the Chola Kinga Parantaka I. This temple was heavily damaged during the Anglo-French war.

Swamimalai Murugan Temple Timings

Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How to reach Swamimalai Murugan Temple?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 85 km away

By Train

  1. The nearest railway station is at Kumbakonam which is 8.6 km away

By Road

  1. Kumbakonam is well connected with all parts of Tamil Nadu.

Swamimalai Murugan Temple Images

Reference Link: Temple History


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