Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Seelanaickenpatti, Oothumalai, Salem
Sri Balasubramaniar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan located in Seelanaickenpatti, Oothumalai, in Salem district, Tamilnadu. Oothumalai is about 11 kms from Skandasramam. This hill top temple too is dedicated to lord Muruga, assuming the name of Balasubramaniar.
It is a small temple, but very interesting for two reasons: Here, Lord Muruga is seen holding the neck of his beloved peacock, a unique posture not to be seen in any other temple. Also, the view from the hill top is amazing and one could capture a good view of Salem town from here.
This Temple is situated around 17 kms from Salem junction on top of a hill. Sage Agastya wrote the Tamil Grammar Agathiyam from this place only.
According to the history of the place (Sthalapuranam), Seven Rishis (Saptha Rishis) had their bath very early in the morning in a spring here, particularly at the time of the dawn of the New Moon day during the Shivarathri days and performed pujas to Lord Sadhasiva. That Shiva Siddha, Kanjamalai Siddha, Karadi Siddha, Palani Bogar lived here is mentioned in Kongumandala Sathagam and Papanasa Purana palm leaves. Rishi Suga as a parrot and Rishi Kanva performed penance here.
Tamil language, Sage Agasthya and Lord Muruga are inseparable according to both history and the scriptures. When Agasthya came to Pothigai, he created the river Thambaraparani. He stayed in a Muruga temple in the place close to a waterfall. In course of time, this temple came to be known as Agasthya Temple. According to researchers, Agasthya wrote the Tamil Grammar Agathiyam from this temple.
It is believed that Sage Agasthya, during his journey in Tamilnadu could have visited this temple (Seelanaickenpatti-Oothumalai) where Lord Muruga graces in the child form.
The presiding deity Balasubramaniar graces in the temple with His Peacock vehicle in a standing form. Lord Vinayaka is on His left while Lord Shiva with Nandhi - Bull vehicle is on the right. The caves in the area indicate the presence of Jains here in those days. There is also evidence that Sage Agasthya worshipped Lord Muruga here.
Srichakra Devi with Yantras having 43 triangles (the diagrammatic representation of the Alogical Siva-Shakti) related to Shakti worship is installed in the temple. There is a hermitage also with a Rishipatni (wife of a sage) near the temple.
On the other side, Sage Agasthya is sitting on a tiger skin under a tree. Kabila Rishi cave also is here whose form in depicted in a sculpture. The carving has a cow, a tree and a trident.
Swarna Vinayakar, Agastheeshwarar, Sadasivar, Navagrahas the nine planets grace the devotees from separate shrines in the temple. Vilwa is the holy tree in the temple. People pray to Lord Balasubramaniar, Devi Bala Tripurasundari and Chakradevi for relief from evil aspects and a bright life.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Skanda Sashti in Iyppasi – October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Those praying in this temple are blessed with progress in business and prosperity. Devotees perform abishek to Lord Muruga and offer clothes.
Sri Balasubramaniar Temple,
Salem district, Tamilnadu
Oothumalai Murugan Temple is 6 km from Salem on the Seelanaickenpatti bypass road. Nearest railway station is located at Salem. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy & Coimbatore.