Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Marutha malai Subramanya swami Kovil, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu

Kartikai masam  as per the Tamil calender is from mid November  - mid December and this month is considered to be very auspicious for devotees of Siva, Ayappa and Lord Muruga.

I have been waiting for an opportunity to write on Lord Muruga, also known by many other names as Shanmugha, Vadivela, Dhandayudhapani, Karthikeya, Skanda,Subramanya  and many more . There are six important abodes of Lord Muruga known as Arupadai veedu which I would be posting here one by one. But this present temple set among the majestic hills of Marudhamalai is also considered at par with the other six abodes of Lord Muruga.  Interestingly most of the temples of Muruga is found on small mounts or hillocks.

This magnificent temple  is at a distance of 12 Kms. from the town of Coimbatore,  The renovation was under progress when I visited  the temple and a flight of steps leads one to this temple. The hills around are  believed to have medicinal herbs and one does get refreshed by breathing the fresh air here. There is a cave temple here at  level lower than the main shrine and there is also a shrine here for Vinayagar .

The idol is radiant and a glimpse of this resplendent image of Lord soothes the mind. There are sacred  springs considered to have medicinal properties. Please just see the images which I could capture . I think those pictures itself would calm your mind too.


Other Murugan temple on 'My pilgrimage'- Mittai Murugan.

Find here  the link to Arunachaleshwar temple - Tiruvannamalai which is also celebrating Karthikai festival. The Kartikai deepam lit  atop the Tiruvannamali hill is famous and lakhs of devotees flock here on that day which happens to fall on December 8 th this year.


Howto reach
Maruthamali is situated in the industrial town of Coimbatore . This town is like a mini metro and is well connected with various cities by rail, road and air.
Accomrmodation facilities are excellent in the town . The famous hill station Ooty is only a 100 odd kilometres ride from this town.

60 comments:

Team G Square said...

Wow , nice temple .

Arun said...

Looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing Chitra..

Arti said...

Always feels good to visit a temple residing in the laps of mother nature. The pictures are indeed serene and peaceful. Thanks for sharing :)

EC said...

It is so lovely to see a temple with such beautiful landscapes..nice coverage

chitra said...

Arun, thank you.

chitra said...

Arti, thanks a lot.

chitra said...

EC, thanks

chitra said...

TGS, thank you

....Petty Witter said...

Fascinating post, I love how you present this much information in such a way that I never get bored. Great photos as well, I love the one of the statue in the archway/doorway wearing such a colourful garland.

chitra said...

PW, that is Lord Muruga, known as Dhandapani. Dhanda means staff and who wields the staff is known as Dhandapani.Thanks for the appreciation.

Insignia said...

Chitra,

I will finish all my pilgrimage by reading your posts and seeing the pictures. :)

I didnt know the meaning of Dhandapani till now. Thanks for that as well.

chitra said...

Insignia, thanks. you know what, I was reading your post :)what a co incidence, I come here and seeing your comment.

Mridula said...

The first shot and the flower shot, loved them both.

Shri said...

One of our 'to visit' temples; reading your posts fulfills part of it Chitra!

chitra said...

Mridula, that flower shot was for you.

chitra said...

Shri, Now the renovation is complete , you will find it very attractive.

A said...

As usual great coverage with pictures and description. You are doing a great job in publicizing these temples :)))

Asha said...

lovely pics ! i have visited this temple long back.
Must plan a visit soon. i too have written an article on karthigai and tiruvannamalai. when you find time read it herehttp://shreshar.blogspot.com/2009/12/karthigai-and-tiruvannamalai.html

Gopalan said...

Very interesting! Maruthamalai seems interesting!

chitra said...

A, thanks a lot. Love doing this.Many a time I don't find information when I visit temples. if it is going to help somebody I would be happy.

chitra said...

Asha,
Sure.. done, Asha...shall be watching the deepam tomorrow on TV

chitra said...

Thanks Gopalan.

Preethy said...

Wonderful blog Chitramayi - feeling very nostalgic abt my hometown temple-
Many are the good times we spent going to this lovely place. Couldn't view the picture though.Felt extremely good reading your words.

Anonymous said...

Mice descriotion and pictures.

chitra said...

Preethy,
Very nice to see you here. Maruthamali temple has changed. you must visit it next time you comedown here.You must see the pics too.shall share them with you from my picasa.

Bhagyashree said...

COuldn't go by without a comment :) Sooo nice chitra, I liked the way the temple sits amidst mountains. Lovely.

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautifully detailed post ....lovely clicks:)

R. Ramesh said...

the moment i saw title remembrd the song...marudamalai maamaniye murgaiyaa..devarin kulam kaakum velayiaaa..aiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...chitra ji...supera ella templeum cover sieyaringo..god bless u....

chitra said...

Bhagya,
thanks a lot.

chitra said...

thanks Sushma

chitra said...

Ramesh, wanted to mention that too in the blog. but then just focussed on the temple write up..

sm said...

beautiful pics
in a comments you traslated words thats great.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Looks like you have been to my city:)Good you made the trip to Maruthamalai. You may like to see my post on Maruthamali trip: http://sankriti.blogspot.com/2007/03/maruthamalai.html
Best Wishes

chitra said...

sm,
thanks a lot.

chitra said...

Ramakrishnan, I already read your post :) . I keep visiting CBE at least twice a year.

chitra said...

sm,
thanks a lot.

Martina said...

Dear Chitra, for some reason i can't see the picture, but wish you a happy weekend - you said you were travelling? Have a fun time!

R Niranjan Das said...

Wonderful blog.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

R. Ramesh said...

:) suganthanne..

chitra said...

Nirajan, Welcome and thanks for the comment.

chitra said...

Ramesh,
paramasugham...:) tc

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

very nice, chitraji, thanks a lot for sharing ...... pls visit my blog and comments on film awards......

Insignia said...

Its perched in a nice location. Interesting; I have heard the mention of the God and the place in many Tamil movies. Seeing the pictures now :) Thanks Chitra ma'am

chitra said...

Jayaraj and Insignia- thanks a lot.

Martina said...

This looks very much like where i would like to be today! We have a big storm here! Have a lovely weekend ahead Chitra!

....Petty Witter said...

Oh, visited expecting to find a post on Tenkasi, KasiViswanathar. Never mind, nice to reread this post and catch up on the comments left. Best wishes Chitra. x

chitra said...

PW,
Sorry about that. While making the draft ready pressed the wrong button. Shall be posting one soon.

chitra said...

Martina, You too enjoy the weekend. thanks a lot.

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

blogil film awards paranjittundu , abhiprayam parayane.............

Sridharan said...

Superb Chitra..!

chitra said...

Sridharan, thank you. Seems you are v. busy these days.

R. Ramesh said...

hi chitra ji:) dropped in 2 say helloo...

P.N. Subramanian said...

Maruthamalai is a must see for me whenever I am at Coimbatore. I am going day after tomorrow. All good wishes.

Bhagyashree said...

Something for u chitra at my space :)

chitra said...

Ramesh...thanks

chitra said...

PNS
hope you also enjoy your trip.

chitra said...

Bhagya...rushing there...thanks

P.N. Subramanian said...

Your post on Tenkasi probably still remains to be published. Kindly verify.

Martina said...

Merry christmas and a happy new year dear Chitra! Cheers to many more adventures!

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