Kandhamalai Murugan Temple, Mohanur, Namakkal
Kandhamalai Murugan Temple is located in Mohanur, Namakkal. It is believed that Praying to this Lord Muruga blesses the devotee with wise children capable of doing any job with self-confidence. As in Palani, Lord Muruga is facing west here too holding the Danda in right hand standing on a stage called Avudaiyar.
Those facing adverse Mars aspect (Sevvai Dosha) causing delay in marriage pray to Lord Muruga on Tuesdays offering yellow vastras and Sevvarali – red flowers – garlands. There are 39 steps to reach the temple representing 27 stars and 12 zodiac signs. Those with unfavorable stars pray here for relief. Step puja is conducted on Chitra Poornima-full moon day in April-May and special pujas on monthly Kruthika and Sashti days.
There is a small hill outside the temple with a shrine for Idumban. He appears with a Kavadi on the shoulders facing south. Lord Vallaba Vinayaka graces with 10 hands. There is a shrine for Saint Arunagiriar. His Jayanthi festival is very grandly celebrated on the Moola star day in Aani month-June-July.
There is also a shrine for Lord Kala Bhairava. 108 conch abishek is offered to Kala Bhairava on Ashtami-8th day of the new moon fortnight. As the place belongs to Son (Mahan) of Lord Shiva, it was named Mahanoor which later changed as Mohanur.