Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

TamilNadu, Thanjavur

Shrine: Swaminathaswamy

Swamimalai Murugan Temple is located in Swamimalai near Kumbakonam in the state of Tamilnadu, India.The primary deity Lord Murugan is worshipped as "BalaMurugan", "Swaminatha Swami" or "Thagappan Swamy". Swamimalai is fourth among the six padai veedu or sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Muruga. The temple is believed to be in existence from the Sangam period from 2nd century BC and was believed to have been modified by Parantaka Chola I. The temple was greatly damaged during the Anglo-French war between Hyder Ali and British in 1740. The temple, in modern times, is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Origin: The temple is believed to be in existence from the Sangam period from 2nd century BC and was believed to have been modified by Parantaka Chola I.

Legend

According to Hindu legend, Lord Brahma,disrespected Lord Muruga at the time of visiting Mount Kailash. The child Muruga got angry with Brahma and asked him  to explain the meaning of the Pranava Mantra. Brahma could not reply and hence Muruga punished Brahma with imprisonment. Muruga took up the role of the creator. Lord Shiva went to the rescue of Brahma.Shiva came to Muruga and asked him to release Brahma from imprisonment. Muruga refused to release Brahma stating that Brahma was unaware of the meaning of the Pranav Mantra. Shiva asked Muruga to explain the meaning and Muruga told shiva that he will explain the meaning only if Shiva accept Muruga as his guru. Shiva accepted the request and Muruga explained the meaning of the Pranava Mantra to Shiva. That's how the name 'Swaminatha Swami', which means 'The Teacher of Shiva' came into existence. Following the legend, the shrine of the Muruga is atop the hillock, while the father Shiva's shrine is located at the basement.

This temple is part of famous Arupadai Veedu Yatra.

Architecture

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swamy Temple is built in Dravidian style of  architecture.The temple is built on an artificial hill. In Tamil language, such an artificial hill is called "Kattu Malai". Another name for this place is "Thiruveragam". The temple has three gopuram (gateway towers) and three precincts. Out of the three precincts, one is located in the basement, the second at midway to the top of the hillock and the third on the hillock, around the sanctum of the Swaminathaswamy shrine. There are sixty steps and each one is named after the sixty Tamil years. The first thirty steps lead to the second precinct of the temple.The second precinct and the largest one of the temple houses a marriage hall and the chariot of the temple. In the ground floor there are temples dedicated to Lord Sundareswarer and Goddesss Meenakshi.

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Darsan Info

Darshan Timings:
Morning - 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM
Evening- 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Darsan Dresscode: Men are expected to wear dhotis and should remove their shirts/ t- shirts. Women are expected to wear traditional dresses.

Culture

Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, classical arts, classical music, classical literature, Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Swamimalai is a panchayat town near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the banks of river Kaveri .

Language Spoken: Tamil

Location and Contact

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple Swamimalai , Thanjavur district Tamil Nadu 612302

Contact Number : +91 4352454421

Ways to Reach

By Air:
The nearest airport to Swamimalai is in Trichy, at a distance of 90 kilometers away.
By Train:
The nearest station  to Swamimalai is Kumbakonam, at a distance of 5 kms from Swamimalai.
By Road:
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation has buses that connect Swamimalai to almost all the major cities of the state. One can avail of regular buses to Swamimalai from Kumbakonam, Trichy, Chidambaram and Chennai.

Addition Info

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Climate

Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 32oC 37oC 35.5oC 30.3oC
Min-Temparture 22.3oC 26.6oC 25.6oC 22.6oC

Temple Rituals

The temple rituals are performed six times a day.
Daily pujas to the deities are performed six times a day (six kalams). Usha Kalam, Kalasandhi and Uchikala poojas are performed in the forenoon and the afternoon poojas commencing from Sayaratchai and Rendam kalam are concluded with Arthajama pooja in the night.

Special Rituals

There are monthly rituals like amavasai (new moon day), kiruthigai, pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi.

Pooja Timing

Ushathkalam at 5:30 AM
Kalasanthi at 8:00 AM
Uchikalam at 10:00 AM
Sayarakshai at 5:00 PM
Irandamkalam at 7:00 PM
Ardha Jamam at 8:00 PM

Regular Offerings

Lord Muruga is the destination for solution of all problems in human life.  People appeal to the Lord for happy wedding life, child boon, family prosperity, longevity, education, wisdom, higher education, job opportunities, and promotion in jobs and for removal of obstacles in their various endeavors.
Tonsuring in the temple, abishekam with sandal, panchamirtham (a mixture of five ingredients), and milk are performed by devotees. Carrying milk pots, lighting ghee lamp and Kavadi are other forms of workship.

Festivals

January -Taippucam festival
March - Panguni Uthiram
April -Temple Car festival
May - Visakam festival, Navaratri festival
September - kumbabhisekam
October - Skanda Shashti festival

Aadi Krithigai-This is celebrated in the month of May/June.
Kandha Sashti-Kanta Shasti Vratam is observed once a year in the month of 'Aippasi' (October-November) starting from the 'piratamai' the 1st phase of the brightening moon.
Monthly Kirutikai festival
Tiru Karthikai festival in Nov/December





  • Near Bus Stand

  • Kumbakonam Bus Stand, Thanjavur old Bus stand
  • Nearby Airport

  • Trichy
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Kumbakonam Railway Station
  • Taxi Stand

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