168th KDB (167)- Arulmigu Kumaraswami Thirukkovil, Velimalai, Kalkulam Taluk. (Major Temple)

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Arulmigu Velimalai Kumaaraswami Thirukkovil

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It is believed that this temple was built before 3000 years back.The statue of Lord Muruga found here is around 8feet 6 inches. The idol of Goddess Valliamman 0f 6 feet 8 inches is found on the left side of Lord Muruga.

Goddess Valli’s marriage is celebrated here. The mountain Velimalai is found here and it is believed that descenders(hunters) of Goddess is still staying here.Lord Murugan in old man form,Valli bathe pond and Lord Ganapathy in the form of Kalyana vinayaga are the famous places nearby this temple. Every year, during the month of Tamil month Panguni on Anusha Star the Thirukalyanam function is celebrated. This temple came under the control of Tamilnadu Government on 01-11-1956. As Murugan stayed here as VENGAI Tree to marry Valli, this tree became the holy tree of this temple. To marry valli, it is said that Lord Muruga killed lots of hunter.

Legend has it that this is the site at which Valli was born and married Murugan. A similar legend holds at the Velimalai (Kumaran Koyil) temple near Kanyakumari. Valli is depicted in the form of a playful maiden here. The natural springs on the hill are said to be associated with Valli.This rock cut hill temple is built on top of a small hill accessed through a flight of 300 steps. Much of the temple is within a cave. The cave temple is in three levels successively increasing in elevation.There are also shrines to Vinayakar and Kasi Viswanathar here. The construction in this temple is attributed to the Pallava rulers and to the Madurai Nayak rulers.Festivals: The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Maasi. Padi Utsavam is celebrated on Tamil new years day in the month of April, and the asterism of Kartikai in the month of Aadi is also celebrated here.

Devotees seek the grace of Lord Muruga for wedding, child, education, professional progress and health. Lord Muruga takes care of His devotees granting all they want. The Hill Lord grants peace of mind and all happiness to those to come to Him.

Tonsuring, offering coins equal to one’s weight called Tulabaram, offering pudding-Pongal, dressing the Lord with sandal paste, performing abishek with Panchamirtha, milk and arranging feeding-annadhanam, lighting ghee lamps, carrying milk pots and Kavadi are the prayer commitments followed in the temple.

Speciality of Sri Kumaraswami Temple, Kumaracoil

Presiding deity Lord Muruga is 10 feet tall standing majestically. It is said Valli Kalyanam –Lord Muruga’s wedding with Valli- took place here.

Opening Timings

The temple is open during normal hours of the day

Festivals at Sri Kumaraswami Temple, Kumaracoil

  • 10 day Vaikasi Visaka festival, last Friday Pushpabishekam in Avani in August-September
  • and seven day Panguni wedding festival are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Address & Contact Details of Sri Kumaraswami Temple, Kumaracoil

The Manager, Sri Kumaraswami Temple, Velimalai.

Phone Number: +91-4651 – 250706, 233270