Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy (Murugan)Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Kalugasalamoorthy (Murugan)
  • Valli Amman
  • Devasenai Amman
  • Lord Vinayaka
  • Lord Shiva
  • Parvathi devi

Location :

Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy Temple (Lord Murugan temple) , Kalugumalai(Village), Kovil patti (Taluk),
Thoothukudi district – 628552,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 5:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Evening 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Temple History :

Kalugasalamoorthy Temple is located at Kalugumalai Village in Kovil Patti Taluk of Thoothukudi District in the South Indian State of Tamilnadu.Kalugumalai is a small village which is about 22 km from Kovilpatti, between Sankaran Koil and Kovilpatti near Tirunelveli in south Tamil Nadu. Kazhugumalai became famous by the Thirupugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar.Lord Murugan is the presiding deity in this temple as Kalugasalamoorthy.There are also Shrines for Amman and Lord Dakshinamurthy.The main deity hall and entrance hall is excavated inside the foothills of Kalugumalai in the southwestern corner of the hill and with external structural additions. The temple has many aesthetic sculptures.The temple dates to 18th century.The main deity is Lord Murugan with his wife Deivanai. The temple complex also has shrines of Shiva, Akilandeswari, Vinayakar and other deities.The village may have got its present name from the hill Kalugumalai (“Hill of the vulture”). Earlier it was known as Araimalai or Thirumalai. Even before that it was referred as Nechchuram and Tiruneccuram. Some of the epigraphies mention that there was a palace for the Pandya official called Ettimannan. At the foot of the Kalugumalai, a large urn-burial cemetery was found. However, hundreds of urns were destroyed during limestone quarrying.Opposite to Kalugasalamoorthy temple, there is a small palace which served as the local residence of Raja of Ettaiyapuram.

Jain’s Abode: There are many relief sculptures dating to the 8th-9th century A.D. in the area, including the rock cut image of Bhagawan Parshwanatha flanked by two Yaksha, as well as many other rocks cut images of other Tirthankaras.The area is known for the Jain cave temple and architecture.The main deity of the hill was called Araimalai Alwar. The other figures were caused to be made by the followers of Jain faith from a number of villages nearby. The sculptures were caused to be made in memory of the departed souls. There are approximately one hundred and fifty relief sculptures.Vettuvan Koil (English: a Sculptor’s paradise) is a Hindu temple built between the 8th and 9th century. Kalugumalai is a priceless unfinished Pandyan monolith cave temple, part of the iconographic richness that helped chronicle the burgeoning richness of the Tamil culture, traditions, and sacred centers containing religious art.About 7.5 meters of the mountain is excavated in a rectangular fashion and in the middle, the temple is sculpted from a single piece of rock. The carvings reflect the southern temple style of the Pandya era. Only the top portion of the temple is completed.

Festivals :

  • Vaikasi Visagam (May – June)
  • Skanda Shasti
  • Masi Festival

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Vilasa pooja – 8:30AM
  • Uchikala pooja – 12:15PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 8:30PM
  • Erithirumpu – Rs 10
  • Thengai – Rs 2
  • Mudi Kanigai – Rs 10
  • Kavadi – Rs 100
  • Ashta Enthiram – Rs 3
  • Sahasranamam – Rs 10
  • Paneer – Rs 5
  • Milk Kudam – Rs 10
  • Earboring – Rs 10
  • Velli Anki – Rs 50
  • Marriage – Rs 150

Nearest Temples Around Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy (Murugan)Temple :

  • (Tirunelveli)Papa Nasam Papanatha temple – 90 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha temple – 63 km
  • Kadayam Vilava Vananatha temple – 77 km
  • Nagar coil Nagaraja temple – 145 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam temple – 153 km
  • Thiruvattar Adikesava perumal temple – 158 km
  • Courtrallam/Kuttralam Kutranathar temple- 66 km
  • Srivilliputtur Andal /Nachiyar temple – 56 km
  • Sathuragiri Sundaramahalingam temple – 80 km
  • Virudhunagar Chokkanatha temple – 70 km
  • Ilanji Tiruvailanji Kumarar temple – 64 km
  • (Kollam)Thangassery Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 162 km
  • Sastham cotta Dharmasastha temple – 155 km
  • Oachira Parabrahma temple – 174 km
  • Aranmula Parthasarathi temple – 168 km
  • Malayalappuzha Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 153 km
  • Kaviyoor Mahadevar temple – 181 km
  • Kovil patti Poovanatha & Shenbahavalliamman temple – 21 km
  • Madhurai Meenakshi Amman temple – 122 km
  • Madhurai Thiruparakundram Murugan temple – 112 km
  • Valayapatti Azhagar Kovil – 154 km
  • Thiruvengadam Edaganatheswarar temple – 126 km
  • Madhurai Madanagopala temple – 118 km
  • Madhurai Dandayuthapani temple – 122 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kalugumalai – 0.3 km
  • Srivilliputtur – 56 km
  • Kovil patti – 20 km
  • Sattur – 43 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

Kovil patti – 21 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 315 km
  • cochin – 284 km
  • Trivendram – 182 km

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