Arulmigu Thirumalaikumarasamy Temple Panpoli
Once upon a time Swamy Thirumalaimurugan appeared one Poovan Battar Archagar of Thirumalai Kaliamman Temple’s dream and asked him to find out the idol (stone vickragam) of swamy Thirumalai kumaran which is under the Bamboo bush,situated at Kottaithiradu on the way to Achankoil,ants would show the way to locate the idol. The message was conveyed to the then Kerala King of Pandalam.The king and Battar went to Kottaithiradu in order to find out the statue as stated in the dream ants paved the path.Lord Thirumalai Murugan statue was found.The same was brought and installed in the sanctum sanctorum of this present temple.It would had happened around 600 years back.
Prof. Dr. GanapathiRaman in his thesis work about this temple’s history noted that the place and hill were ruled by Ayandiran and known as Kaviramalai.Silapathikaram also spoke of this hill as Neduvelkundram.It is said kannaki passed through this hill to Kerala Desam.Saint Arunagirinathar composed Thiruppugal in praise of Thirumalai Murugan with sweet music.Thandapani swamigal,Kavirasa pandarathiaya noted poets also in their poetic diction sung in favour of Thirumalaikumaran.These are all found in the poems like Thirumalai kumaran pillaithamil.ThirumalaiMurugan Kuravanji,Thirumalai murugan Nondinadagam, Thirumalai karuppan Kathal.There are also works like ThirumalaiMurugan anthathi, Thirumalaikumaraswamy Alankara pirabantham,Thirumanimalai Thiruthalattu speak Thirumalaikumaran’s Fame.
- Kannaki,Saptha Kanniyars( 7 Maiden deities) worshipped Lord Murugan.Thirumalaimurugan pillaithamil of Saint Arunagirinathar is a heartrending song.Kavirasapandarathaiya,thandapaniswamigal are ardent devotees of Lord Thirumalai Murugan.They got divine power from him.
- King of Pandalam,chokkampatti chieftung,Sivananajathevar Poovathal, Sivagami Paradesiyar made yeomen service to this temple.Sivagami paradesiyar by her own efforts recovered huge area of nanjai punjai lands through court from the encroachers.The hill is in the form of OHM and about 400ft from Landmark.
- There is a pure water tank in the top of the hill. It was formed at the divine power of sage Agasthiyar.It is said daily a lotus flower would blossom in this tank.Indras and Sapthkanniyars plucked placed it at the foot of Thirumalai Murugan and worshipped daily.It is a boon and sacred water.
There are Eight time poojas perfomed to this deity
|Sirukala Sandhi||8.00 A.M|
|Kala Sandhi||9.00 A.M|
|Utchi Kalam||12.00 Noon|
|Iypasi||Kanthasasti Thiruvizha (10 days)|
|Karthigai||Last Monday of Karthigai Month Theppathirunal|
|Thai||Prahamorchavam (Poosa thirunal) (10 days)|
|Masi||Magam (10 days)|
|Panguni||Panguni uthiram (1 day)|
|Sithirai||Vasantha Thirunal (5 days)|
|Vaigasi||Visagam thirunal (1 day)|
There are monthly special days ie: Last Friday of every Tamil month, Karthigai star day of every month, the first day of every Tamil Month.
It is located at 10 Km northwest of Shencottah, 8 Km northwest of Tenkasi Frequent town buses are running.From 2012 onwards Hill road had been in use for easy accessibility to reach the hill top.
Lodges are available in nearby Town i.e. Tenkasi, Shenkottai,Courtrallam.
Assistant Commissioner / Executive Officer
Arulmigu Thirumalaikumaraswamy Temple
Panpoli – 627 807
Shenkottai Taluka Tirunelveli District