SIVANMALAI

It is an ancient sapphire yielding site. A beautiful Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga near Kangaeyam. This lord is also known as Karthikeya, Skanda among other myraid names. The presiding deity in the sivanmalai is Lord Murugan,Valli and Deivayanai. This murugan temple located in a hill top which can be reached by 450 footsteps or by 2 Kms hill road. This temple premises is calm and clean, which provides soothing serenity to the mind and body. Sri Arunagirinathar a famous Tamil poet has sung the song about this Sivanmalai in his Tiruppugazh.

History


This temple was build by Sivavakkiyar a famous Sidhhar. It is believed that this temple may be constructed in 12th century. The holy theerthas of sivanmalai are : Agasthya, Anuma, Indra, Brahmananda, Mangala and Veera theertha.

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Festivals


16 day Thaipoosam car festival in January-February; Tamil New Year day falling mostly on April 14; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July; Aadi 18, Aadi Amavasya (New Moon day) and Aadi Sashti in July-August; Aavani Avittam and Vinayaka Chathurthi in August-September; Navarathri in September-October; Aipasi Skanda Sashti and Soora Samharam in October-November; Karthikai Deepam in November-December; Margazhi special pujas and Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Masi Magam January-February; Panguni Uthiram in February-March and all monthly special pujas on New Moon day, Full Moon day, Krithika star days and Sashti days are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The temple has festivals throughout the year.

Saintly Women


The Tamil country can boast of innumerable women devotees who were regarded as saints. Some of more renowned are Mangayakarasi, Karaikkal Ammayar, Tilakavathi and Isaignani. Sivamalai too can boast of a woman saint. She was appropriately named Valli. A true devotee of Muruga. She grew her hair in long matted locks and lived in the temple. She served pilgrims, built wells and resting places for them, fed and stood for long hours in penance in front of the sanctum. She once pleaded with the Lord, "I am coming to Kailasa to get a darshan of you".

The Lord heard her and told her to remain where she was at Sivamalai. He said “Amma Sadaichi, we will come to Sivamalai to appear in a vision to you”! Thereafter, she disappeared. In due course people heard her voice which told them that she had become one with God. Devotees later made a statue of her and placed it at the foot of the altar. Her praise is sung in the Sivamalai Kuravanji.

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Order Box


God’s order box is placed before entering mulavar sanctum. Devotees coming to the temple needs to check what object is placed in the order box. After checking this devotees needs to enter the main sanctum. Lord Muruga is appearing to the devotees dream and ask them to place one object in the order box. (Those objects may be Water, Cloth, Sand, Soil and Gold) That person will bring that object to the temple.

To find out that information true or false, they will place the flower in Mulavar sannadhi. Once it is confirmed, that object will be placed inside the God’s order box until the arrival of next object. Pooja’s will be performed to that object on daily basis. This procedure is followed for several hundred years. Current order box is displayed in left image.