Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai
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KomillaS
Brentwood, CA1,560 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Friends
This is one of the six abodes of Lord Murughan. According to the temple legend, this is where Lord Murugan gave the mantra Om to his father Lord Shiva. There he became known as Swaminathar. There is a great spiritual quality to this temple as Lord Murugan is depicted as a yogi. It is a good temple for people devoted to yoga to visit.
It is a wonderful temple to visit. Depending on the time of day and year, it can be very buzzy or quiet and sentence.
I have been many times and this time was serene and meditative.
Written February 20, 2015
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Anand_Venke
Chennai (Madras), India36 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Solo
If possible, opt for the Viswaroopa darisanam at 7 AM in the morning. It will be so divine and calm. While here, also visit Thiruvalanchizi Vinayagar temple which is less than half a mile from here.
Written December 26, 2013
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kitcha6908
chennai187 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Family
swamimalai is the place where lord muruga teached lord shiva the pranava mandiram (om) and its significance when lord shiva questioned muruga on his mockery of lord brahmas creations and arrogance !. after the kumbhabhishekam in its balalayam now, the temple looks fresh and clean ! it is not a hill perse but only a mound !. but the power of lord muruga is visible in the temple and its surroundings !
Written May 1, 2015
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Prasanna
Coimbatore, India4,224 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Family
There is not much to say, as the temple by itself is an amazing place to be in. The benevolent Lord Muruga on this hilltop is beauty personified and a treat for the inner and outer eyes. A very holistic place.
Written April 9, 2014
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mala t
Chennai120 contributions
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Jan 2014 • Family
This Murugan Temple is one of the holy Arupadai Veedus, the abodes of Lord Muruga, and is situated 5 kms from Kumbakonam, on the banks of Cauvery. The main deity is atop the hill, and his mother Meenakshi and father Sundareswarar are located downhill. There are 60 steps to reach atop, denoting the 60 tamil years. The most important festival here is Vaikasi Vishakam, which is attended by a huge number of devotees.
This is the place where Muruga explained the meaning of the Pranava Mantra "om" to his father Shiva, thus becoming the Guru to his own Father.
The image of Swaminatha Swamy, also called Bala Murugan, is 6' tall, decked fully in golden armours, golden crown and diamond spear. There is a shrine for his elder brother Lord Ganesha in the outer praakaram, and other deities found here are Dakshinamurthy, Durga, Chandikeshwara and Murugan with his consorts.
There are 6 pooja rituals performed everyday. Each ritual consists of abhishekam, alankaaram, neivedhyam and also various kinds of Deepa aradhanai. This is done amidst music, percussion instruments, while vedas are chanted by the priests and thousands of devotees prostrate infront of Swaminatha Swamy, asking for various boons.
Written January 26, 2014
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Maruthakumar
Chennai (Madras), India659 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Family
Our recent visit was for tonsure ceremony of my son and we really had nice time there.

You can find the temple is located in a peaceful place with distance from city noises.

It is named as one of the six holy houses of lord muruga and hence it is better to plan on normal days excluding festivals related to lord muruga in case you want to have good darshan.
Written November 6, 2013
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Cancer_Moon
India213 contributions
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Dec 2011
I have been visiting the Swamimalai temple for the past 45 years. This temple is the fourth of the six aaru padai veedu (sacred shrines) of Lord Muruga. I have seen it grow by leaps and bounds as the years roll by. The temple is located about 7 km from the centre of the nearby town Kumbakonam. It is located near the banks of the river Cauvery. It is now accessible within 30 minutes with different types of transport—car, taxi, autorickshaw and train (Swamimalai railway station on the Kumbakonam to Tiruchirapalli line, but not all trains stop here). In earlier days we had to travel in a bullock-cart. The temple is located on an artificial hillock as all temples of Lord Muruga are always on a hill. The temple gets its importance as it was here that Lord Swaminatha after imprisoning Lord Brahma (who could not give the meaning of OM) taught his father Lord Shiva the meaning. The temple has three floors, the lower one, the middle one and the top most one having the sanctum sanctorum. These can be reached by a very steep staircase. The temple administration is in the process of putting up a lift to help the elderly to reach the top. In the top-most floor comprising the sanctum-sanctorum, one worships Lord Ganesha first, and goes into the sanctum sanctorum. There are two queues—general darshan and the other by payment. A person who is doing Abhishekam is taken into the inner sanctum sanctorum free without any tickets. The Abhishekam takes about an hour. All hyms are sung, and different offering given to the Lord. The aarti with multiple types is awe-inspiring. The prasadam that is given to the devotee who performed the Abhishekam comprises of different types of offerings that were blessed by Lord Muruga such as sweet rice (sakarapongal), rose water, milk, sandalwood paste, kumkum, vibhuti, and flowers. After the completion, one goes around the Lord in the outer corridor. The pandits do not demand money and go about their work with devotion. All tickets need to be purchased at the temple office counter and do not get into the sweet talk of a few touts around. The middle segment is a walk around the temple. People who do ‘kavadi,’ for fulfillment of their wishes go round in prayer. The ground floor comprises of the temples of Lord Shiva known here as Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi. The navagraha temple is located behind these temples-going around this nine times completes the visit to the temple. There are different festivals at the temple that draw a huge crowd. On auspicious occasions, devotees on payment can draw the temple chariot with the Lord placed in it. The temple has different rooms and cottages where one can stay. Food can either be picked up in the temple kitchen or from restaurants around the temple. The temple opens early in the morning and closes around 1230 h and opens again in the late afternoon till around 2000 h. Offerings and bookings can be done with the temple office directly. The arrangements have always been perfect each time, I did it. Do not deal with anyone who promises anything but go directly to the temple office.
Written January 25, 2012
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SatishKumarSuthan
Denver, CO100 contributions
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Dec 2011 • Family
One of the 6 house of lord Murugan. They offer abishekam ever one hour in the morning hours. Less steps when compared to other murugan temple. If you visit in the early morning hours you will see very less crowd. Pattishwaram is located just 4 kms from this temple.
Written January 24, 2012
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Chockalingam S
Chennai (Madras), India55 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Couples
We booked Abishekam. You have to collect the tickets from the Office at the main entrance down the hills. To reach the temple you need to claimb nearly 40 steps. On entering the special entrance, you will find a counter there you have to register your name. At this point one guy by name Vaithi, saying that he is the in charge of performing Abishegam will try to guide you. But don't go for him because he is a cheat. Ask for the Kattali Archaka and meet him. He will make you seated in front of Seaminatha Swami. The Abishegam is performed in groups. The timings you can obtain from the office. Abishekams are perfomed in an orderly and very orthodox way. One can have very peacefull Dharshan of God for about 45 minutes. The Abishekam charge is Rs.1,500/-.
Written November 21, 2016
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Balakumar_h
Chennai (Madras), India41 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Friends
Temple is on a small hill (60 steps) and opens at 6am (5am during marzhagi month). Rs 50 darshan tickets available in case if you want to have a closer look at the lord.
Written January 5, 2015
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