Sri Kumaraswami Temple Velimalai Kumaracoil

Rock Cut Cave

 

Overview

Kumarakovil, the Murugan Temple is located near Thuckalay, 15 km from Nagercoil.Presiding deity Lord Muruga is 10 feet tall standing majestically. It is said Valli Kalyanam –Lord Muruga’s wedding with Valli- took place here.
 
The temple was built on a hill named 'Velimalai'. Lord muraga and his consort Goddess Valli are the main deities. It is believed that they married here. It is built on a rocky terrain about 200 feet in height. The rock cut temple with stone carvings is a splendid structure. A large water body is seen in the surrounding. The temple is built on the foot hills of Veli Malai where, according to legends, Lord Muruga enacted a drama to win the heart of Valli the divine child found in the hillock by Nambi Arasan, a chieftain ruled over the place with Thirukurangudi (Valliyoor) as his capital. The temple faces east and can be reached by a flight of thirty eight steps. Beyond the comparatively small but beautiful rajagopuram, Veerabagu and Veeramagendra stand guard of the Lord. The statue of Muruga in the Moolasthanam is in standing posture. It is eight feet eight inches height in varadha hastham. The height of the statue of Valli amman is to the left side of the Lord in standing porture and is six feet two inches height. Apart from Valli sametha Murugan temple, sannithanams are dedicated to Lord Shiva , Parvathy, Kalyana Vinayagar, Shree Dharma Sastha, Ilaya Naynar, and Arumuga Nayinar. A Sannithanam has been dedicated to Dhakshan. This is considered to be a unique feature. This may be perhaps Dhaksha Prajapathi, one of the first creations of Lord Brahma and father in law of Lord Shiva might have attended the divine marriage of Lord Muruga in his capacity as maternal grandfather. The sacred tree (sthala virusham) is Vengai Tree. The tree has died long ago and the trunk could be found now in a separate enclosure. The sacred lake where the devotees take bath before darshan of the Lord, bears fresh stream water sourced from the hill top, all the time. There are separate enclosures for the sacred cows, bulls, pecock etc., in the temple enclosure. Devotees feed them and also the fish in the theppakulam. Anna Thanam (feeding poor people) is being done on a daily basis. It is believed auspicious to feed the first feed to the children in the precincts of the Lord. Marriages, ear boring ceremonies etc., are held there and offering like head trouncing, Palkudam, Kavadi etc., are being fulfilled there by devotees.
 
During Navarathri Pooja, the divine mother of Lord Muruga leave Sushintharam temple situate in Nagercoil, and perform a yatra in Pallakku to Trivandrum, the headquarters of the Kerala State, to participate in the Navarathiri Pooja celebrations at the Devi Koil in the vicinity of the Trivandrum Palace. Lord Muruga from Kumarakoil also accompany Annai in a procession, riding a horse. This practice has been in vogue since 1840 when the rulers of the erstwhile Trivancore  province changed their headquarters from Padmanabhapuram in Thuckalay to Trivandrum. This practice exemplifies the strong connection between the erstwhile Malai Nattu (kerala) rulers and Kumarakoil.
 
Many children get their first feed  in this temple. 
 
Temple Timing - 6am to 12noon, 4.30pm to 8pm.
 
How to Reach,
 
 It is about 34 kilometers from Kanyakumari and around  5 kilometers from Thakkallay  town bus stand, many buses are available to Kumarakovil.
 
Nearest Railway Station -Eraniel.
 
Nearest Airport - 50 km from Trivandrum airport.

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Kanyakumari
Location
Kumaracoil
Address
Sri Kumaraswami Temple,Velimalai,Kumaracoil,Kanyakumari District,Tamil Nadu - 629180.
Contact Info
Phone: +91-4651 - 2507
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Kumaracoil
Nearest Railway Station
Eraniel (ERL)
Nearest Airport
Trivandrum International Airport
IN
latitude : 8.482119560 longitude :76.920097350
Corporation : Trivandrum
GPS Code : VOTV
Open Year
500 to 1000 years ago
Visiting Hours
6am to 12noon, 4.30pm to 8pm.

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