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About Maruthamalai Murugan Temple

Marudamalai Temple is located about 12 km west of Coimbatore and is famous for being considered as the seven house of Lord Murugun, the presiding deity of the south. This temple is classified under ‘Kunruthoradal’ as one of the six main abodes of the God. The others are Thiruvavinankudi, Thiruparangunram, Thirucheeralavai, Thiriveragam and Pazhamudhirsolai. This temple is beautiful as it is a sight set against the backdrop of blue hills and amid lush greenery. The origins of the temple date back to the age of Surapadama, the demon destroyed by Lord Subramanya. According to the inscriptions that have been found in Thirumuruganathaswami Temple, the origin of Marudamalai is placed in the 12th century A.D. A fairly crowded flight of stairs lead you to the temple which is atop a hill. It is a lovely trek up that might leave you a little exhausted, especailly if you are not used to climbing high. But the beauty of the temple and the views around are worth it. Those who want to avoid the stairs can take a cab right up to the top. The temple premises stay clean, like most south Indian temples. There is an Idumba shrine here, which houses an image of the deity carved on a huge rock. Couples often come here to offer toys and cradles. It is believed that couples who donate here are blessed with a progeny. A beautiful mandapam enshrines the ‘Kudirai Kulambu’, which are the supposed to be the hoof marks that the horse of Lord Muruga left while fighting the demon Surapadma. Come here at the time of the Lord Mugugan and Thaipusam festivals, when the temple is at its most vibrant.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family, Couple
  • Not Allowed Footwear, Pets
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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