Swamimalai Lord Murugan explained the true meaning of “Om”, the sacred Pranava mantra to his father, Lord Shiva. Lord Murugan is, thus, depicted as Guru or teacher whilst the recipient of this knowledge, Lord Shiva, is shown as shishya or disciple. The name Swamimalai came into being as a result of this legend and the presiding deity of the temple came to known as Swaminathan.
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 image of Swaminatha swamy is 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. There are golden armours, golden crowns and a diamond lance for Lord Muruga.
Official Website : Swamimalai Swaminatha swamy Temple
Lord Brahma,disrespected Lord Muruga when he visited 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'(‘The Teacher of Shiva) came into existence.the shrine of the Muruga is at top the hillock, while the father Shiva’s shrine is located at the basement.
Swamimalai Temple Timings
Morning – 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM
Evening- 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Temple Special Pujas
06:00 AM Usha Kalam
09:00 AM Kalasandhi
12:00 Noon Uchikala Pooja
05:30 PM Sayaratchai
08:00 PM Rendam kalam
10:00 PM Arthajama pooja
Daily Pooja Detais
|Satrusamhara Thirusadai||Rs.1000 for a family||7:30 PM|
|Sahasra Namam||Rs.1500 for a family||–|
|Padi Pooja||Rs.4000 for a family||9:00 AM|
|Ayush Homam||Rs.7000 for a family||10:00 AM|
|Mruthunjaya Homam||Rs.5000 for a family||10:00 AM|
|Navagraha Homam||Rs.5000 for a family||10:00 AM|
|Special Abhishekam for Murugan||Rs.3000 for a family||8:00 AM|
|Shubamangala Deepa Pooja||Rs.3000 for one person||–|
|Rudrabhishekam||Rs.15000 for a family||–|
How to reach
By Road: Thanjavur – 35 km, Puducherry – 135 km, Madurai – 213 km, Kanchipuram – 245 km, Rameshwaram – 263 km, Coimbatore – 286 km.
By Train: Kumbakonam railway station – 10km.
By Air: Trichy Airport – 87km, Madurai Airport – 222 km Chennai – 264km.
10, Vatampokki Street, Taluk, Swamimalai, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612302.