This hill temple has a fascinating legend that highlights the unexcelled
glory of the presiding deity Murugan and also the kshetra around it. The
another plus point that it proudly displays is - it is set amidst bounteous
growth of greenery that wafts the souls of the visitors and places them at
the feet of the Lord even before entering the precincts of this hoary kshetra.
There is a charming little township surrounding the hill, heightening the glory
of the Lord, rather the compassionate Lord is anointing it with Chandanam
brought for him by bhaktas. It is said that the surrounding forest is inhabited
by rishis worshipping Lord Muruga assuming the form of Kura trees. The
worshipping sages sanctified the kshetra with their tapassakti. Hence its
The Sthalapurana embodies the accounts of great Maharshis like Kasyapa, Vasishta and Narada who were relieved of their curses on
worshipping the Lord here. On account of the belief current that rishis have
been doing penance for over centuries taking the form of trees, the people
living in this area do not cut the trees for fuel or any household use. They
rather look upon them as objects of adoration. The temple Pushkarini lies at
the foot of the hill. Visitors taking bath in it proceed towards the sannidhi. On
the way there are several mini-shrines enshrining the most adorable deities,
like Mother Meikannudayal, Meenakshi Sundareswarar and Edumban. Atop
the hill, there are several mandaps in the prakara such as Navaratri mandap,
Skanda Kottai mandap, Karrati mandap etc. They are adorned with enticing
sculptures of Siva, Arunagirinathar etc. In addition, there are well built and
tastefully decorated Shanmuga sannidhi and Siva Peruman sannidhi beckoning
the visitors for worship. In the inner courtyard there are independent
mini-shrines for Vinayaka, Dakshinamurti, Chandikeswar, Bhairava, Agasthya etc.
The walls of garbha griha are beautified, rather consecreted by the paintings of
many divinities like Vasishta, Arundhathi, Kasyapa, Narada etc.
Nithyanaimithika worship is offered with great devotional fervour. It is
visited by an unending streams of paryatakas and bhaktas throughout the
year. It is one of the famous Muruga kshetras of Tamil Nadu.
It lies near 28 km off Trichy on the way to Madurai, accessible by
bus and train.