|Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple. Credit: Ramakrishna Anand|
|Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple,TN.Credit: Ramakrishna Anand|
|Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple,TN. |
Credit: Ramakrishna Anand
|Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple, TN.Credit: Ramakrishna Anand|
|‘Thai Poosam’at Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple, www.thehindu.com|
Above image: Devotees pulling the temple car on the occasion of ‘Thai Poosam’ at Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple, T.N. on Tuesday.Feb. 03, 2015.............
Located 15 km from the industrial city of Coimbatore on the Western Ghat mountainous area, this beautiful Murugan temple built in the 12th century attracts thousands of people from far and wide. Buses are available in plenty to go to the top of the hill. Devotees also walk uphill to reach the shrine , then and there relaxing in various Mantapams built on the way for the convenience of devotees who prefer padayatra. From health point of view, it is a good exercise to hike and, further, the hills here have all kinds of medicinal plants and herbs. Breathing fresh air in a place like this will purify your soul as well as your body. On the way, one can see small shrines dedicated to Vinayaka, Idumban and other sub deities.
Atop the hill adjacent to the Prakara, one can go down the steps to see the Pampatti Siddhar caves where the siddhar used to live long ago. It is said of Siddhars that they had tremendous mystical powers gained through proper meditation, yoga and breathing exercises done with intense devotion.
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|Marudhamalai Subramaniaswamy Temple,TN,Credit: Ramakrishna Anand|
Thai poosam (Tamil month of Thai- January -February) is an important festival. The festival starts with Ko Pooja followed by special abisekams (anointing the deity). As part of the festival devotees pull the temple chariot (car /Ther in local parlance) carrying the deities of Subramnia Swami and his consorts. Same day, a good number of people will carry Kavadi with milk pots hanging from it and reaching up hill barefoot. Thai poosam festival is celebrated at all Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu with bakthi.
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01. The beautiful Vel (spear) weapon of Lord Muruga installed in the sanctum sanctorum is 6.75 feet tall.
02. The Chakras represent the Panchabhoodas – five elements making the world - earth, space, fire, wind and water are shown in the stem part of the Vel.
03. A small hole is made in the Vidhana for natural light to fall on the Vel.
04. The first hall – mandap is formed with six points representing the Sa Ra Va Na Bha Va, six letter mantra of Lord Muruga.
....... (from: http://temple.dinamalar.com)