Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple, Thirumalaikeni, Dindigul
Sri Subramaniaswamy temple is located in the city of Thirumalaikeni, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu and is about 500-1000 years old. The Temple is situated at a distance of 25 kms from Dindigul on the way to Senthurai, where Lord Muruga blesses his devotees. It is situated on the top of a hill in the midst of thick flora and fauna.
Peacock and monkeys engage the children who visit the temple. The spring water is tasty and is available in hot, cold and normal temperature at various places with in the temple which surprises the devotees. Buses are available from Dindigul. Private cars and vans are the other modes of transport. The place can also be approached from Natham.
A king belonging to the Pandya dynasty had the desire of building a temple for Lord Muruga. While he was here on hunting and resting after drinking the water from a spring, he fell asleep. Lord Muruga appeared in his dream and directed him to build the temple here. Accordingly, the old and first temple came into being.
Greatness of Temple
Dressed as a king:
Lord Balamurugan in the upper temple always appears in his royal attire known as Raja Alankaram. It is the faith of the devotees that seeing the Lord in the Royal form would ensure high position and leadership in life. The consorts of Muruga, Valli and Deivanai are not by the side of the Lord but grace in the form of the holy springs.
Generally, devotees go up on the steps to have the darshan of the Lord in hill temples. Here, people step down to reach the Lord. Devotees call this temple Kilpalani (Palani downward). During the 7 day Skanda Sashti festival, Surasamharam (killing the demon Surapadma) takes place on the sixth day followed by Valli-Deivanai wedding festival on the seventh day.
This Murugan temple is built in such a way those devotees have to go down to worship lord Muruga. Maunaguru Swamigal Adhistanam is situated near by this temple. Milk abhishegam, Santhana kappu, Viboothi abhishegam are conducted by devotees as people who want higher position in office pray to lord Murugan who is always in raja Alangaram.
It is a two tier temple with a Muruga shrine at the ground and one at the top of the hill. : This is a two tier temple in the midst of dense forests. The idol of the presiding deity was damaged in days of yore and the temple too became dilapidated. Regular pujas came to an end. Sri Kripanandavariar took up the renovation of the temple in the year 1979. A new idol was made for the presiding deity. But the old idol could not be removed. Therefore, a Mandap was built where the old idol was installed while a temple above this was built installing the new idol. Thus, it became a two tier temple with deities installed in each.
The two temples are constructed with high engineering skill that the water used for the Abhishekam of the Lord in the upper level will fall on the Lord in the Ground too through a hole specially made for the purpose.
Shakthi Vinayaka shrine is in the corridor of the temple. Saint Pattinathar appears under the mango tree in the temple. The Adhishtanam (Samadhi) of His Holiness Maunaguru Swamigal is near the temple.
Valli Theertham is in the middle of the hill in the form of a well, hence the place is known as Malaikeni- a spring the hill. The specialty is the spring, the source of which could not be traced.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m
Chitra Poornima in the month of April-May, Vaikasi Visakam (May-June), Kruthika in Aadi (July-August) and Karthigai (November-December),Skanda Sashti in Iyppasi ((October-November), Thirukarthigai (November-December) and Thai Poosam (January-February).
Those aspire for prestigious and leadership positions in jobs pray to Lord Muruga in the temple. Also those facing problems in marriage alliances and seeking a child pray in the temple.
Shri Subramaniaswamy Temple,
Thirumalaikeni - 624 306,
Sengurichi Post, Dindigul district.
Phone: +91- 451 - 205 0260
Mobile: 96268 21366
The temple is 23 km from Dindigul. Bus facilities are available conveniently. Nearest Railway Station is located at Dindigul & Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.