Velimalai Sri Kumara swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord Kumara swamy
  • Vinayakar
  • Kasi Viswanathar

Location :

Velimalai Kumara swamy temple (or)
velimalai subramanya swamy temple,
vellimalai (Village),
Kanyakumari district – 629164

Timings :

  • Morning 5:00AM – 12:30PM
  • Evening 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Temple History :

Velimalai Kumara Swamy Temple is known as Kumaran Koyil is located at Padmanabhapuram, home to the palace of the erstwhile Maharaja, on the slopes of the Veli hills. It is located in a commanding position, visible for miles around.Legend has it that Murugan married Valli here and hence the name Velimalai, Manamalai or Kalyanamala.The main deities worshiped here are Subramanyar and Valli. A majestic ten feet high image of Subramanya of great workmanship adorns the sanctum. The festival image of Murugan here is Manavaala Kumaranand this image is taken in procession every year during Navaratri to Thiruvananthapuram, along with Saraswati and Bhagavati from the Padmanabapuram Palace. Manavaalakumaran is also taken in procession to take part in the annual festival of the Suchindram temple.

‘Wherever there is a hill, there is an abode for Lord Murugan.’ True to this saying, there is a beautiful temple for Lord Murugan at the foothill of Velimalai, on the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, fifteen kilometers northwest of Nagercoil on the road to Thiruvananthapuram, bordering the town of Padmanabhapuram.Set in scenic surroundings, the temple is renowned for all the Murugan temples in Kanyakumari District. There are many versions as to how the hill derived its name Veli malai. Vel was the surname for the Ay rulers. The Ay kingdom was a medieval Hindu feudal kingdom on the Malabar coast of South India. The hill that belonged to the Ay rulers came to be called as Velimalai. It is also known as Velli Malai since Lord Murugan performed a yagna of sublime love, for the purpose of the union of Jivatma with Paramatma.Kumarakovil is also known as Kumara Kshetram and Subrahmanya Sthala in Malayalam. The early Tamil epic Cilappatikkaram refers to the temple as Chera Nattu Aeragam.
Kumarakovil is a very ancient temple, as attested by the massive sculpture of Lord Murugan in a style dating from the Buddhist period. Buddhism probably flourished from 650-850 CE in Kerala. However, the available inscriptions about the temple date from the 18th century CE only.The temple is accessed through a flight of forty steep steps. Lord Murugan graces the devotees with His consort, Valli. He is facing the east and said to be facing Sthanumalayan (Lord Siva) of Suchindram. The idol of Lord Murugan is a monolithic sculpture measuring eight feet and eight inches in height. Its long ears indicate that it belongs to the Buddhist period. Goddess Valli who adorns the sanctum is six and a half feet tall. Nandipadam and Murugan Padam on the top of the hill are believed to be the imprints of Nandi and Murugan.

Kalyana Vinayakar, who aided His brother in His marriage with Valli is on the right side of the entrance to the inner circumambulation path. On the western circumambulation path there is a shrine for Kasi Lingam and on the southern circumambulation path, there are shrines for Mahadevar, Sivakami, and Chadikeswarar. The unique feature of this temple is that there is a shrine for Daksha, the maternal grandfather of Lord Murugan.The sacred tree of the temple is a venerated Vengai tree that is a hundred years old. Here, Arumuga Nayinar (Lord Murugan) is flanked by both His consorts, Valli and Deivayanai. This temple is associated with the legends of Valli’s marriage with Murugan. This is said to be the birth place of Valli.Valli guhai is on the top of the hill which is two kilometers from the main temple, Valli Sunai, a pond where Valli took bath, Valli Colai, the millet field that Valli guarded, and Kizhavan Colai is where Murugan came in the disguise of an old man to woo Valli. The protocol of worship offered here is Kerala Tantram.

Festivals :

  • Panguni Thirukalyanam (7 days)
  • Vaigasi Vishakam (10 days)
  • Kantha sasti (6 days)
  • Avani Puspavishakam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Usha pooja – 6:00AM
  • Abhishegam – 5:00AM
  • Abhishegam – 11:00AM
  • Deeparathanai – 12:00PM
  • Deeparathanai – 6:30PM
  • Athalapooja – 8:00PM
  • Asthrotram – Rs.5
  • Sahasranama Archana – Rs.10
  • Sorukoduppu – Rs.20
  • Thulabaram – Rs.30
  • Kavadi – Rs.50
  • Naming ceremony – Rs.20
  • Muzhukappu – Rs.301
  • Basmabhihsegam – Rs.150
  • Abhishegam – Rs.25
  • Marriage – Rs.150

Nearest Temples Around Velimalai Sri Kumara swamy temple :

  • Papanasam – Papanatha swamy temple – 115 km
  • Kovil patti – Poovanatha temple – 152 km
  • Tenkasi – Kasi Viswanatha swamy temple – 146 km
  • Sankara kovil – Sankara Narayana temple – 150 km
  • Kadayam – Vilva Vananatha temple – 123 km
  • Tirunelveli – Nellaiappar temple – 95 km
  • Kanyakumari – Bhagavathi amman temple – 34 km
  • Suchindram – Thanumalayam swamy temple – 20 km
  • Tiruvattur – Adikesava perumal temple – 16 km
  • Nagarkoil – Nagaraja temple – 14 km
  • (Kerala)Attukal – Attukal Bhagavathi temple – 57 km
  • Trivendrum – Anantapadmanabha swamy temple – 57 km
  • (Karikkakom)Karikkonam – Chamundi temple – 64 km
  • Mandaikadu – Bhagavathi temple – 15 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Nagarkoil(Vadaseri) – 15 km
  • Nagarkoil(Anna) – 15 km
  • Kanyakumari – 32 km
  • Thuckalay – 4 km
  • Marthandam – 18 km
  • Trivendrum – 57 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Eraniel – 8 km
  • Nagarkoil – 16 km
  • Aloor – 10 km
  • Kanyakumari – 32 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 446 km
  • Chennai – 693 km
  • Madhurai – 248 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 387 km

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