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Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

TamilNadu, Thanjavur

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.


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 ...View more


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, aroun...View more

Darsan Info

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

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Darsan Dresscode

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


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 .

Location and Contact

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple Swamimalai , Thanjavur district Tamil Nadu 612302

+91 4352454421

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.

Additional Info

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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.

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.

Special Rituals

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

Famous Festival

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

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