Swamimalai Murugan Temple, The shrine focused on the hill rock
Swamimalai Murugan Temple, significance and pooja timings
Swamimalai Murugan Temple is one of the six abodes of lord muruga, this s a famous temple for worship lord muruga as the prime deity located at swamimalai adjacent to kumbhakonam in tanjavure district. The temple showing another magc structure which made finely through the dravidan style of architecture. the temple located at the banks of kaveri river. the main shrines of the temple are shiva, parvathy and lord muruga, actually Swamimalai Murugan Temple is a hill rock temple the deities shiva as sundareswar and his consort parvathy as meenakshi which installed at the down sanctum of the hill and karthikeya as prime deity installed at the top of the hill.
a gooseberry tree is found at the temple ground it was actually bhudevi according to the myths she was transformed as the tree by the curse of parvathy. Thirukarthikey is the main temple festival at Swamimalai Murugan Temple which usually falls in november or december lasts 10 days celebrates in grand way at the temple. vaikasi viasakam and the tamil new year are also hosts at the temple. lord muruga as the prime deity that offers best attire to the devotees. muruga in the temple known as balamuruga and swaminatha swami. the temple has three gopuram. the idol of swaminatha swami is a huge one it is about 6 feet tall in the sanctum.
Kumbhakonam is the nearest city to the temple which is easily connect to other cities by the buses. the nearest railhead focused at kumbhakonam iis 8 km away from the Swamimalai Murugan Temple. the closest possible airport is situated at thiruchiraappalli at a distance of 85 km. the temple timings start at 6.00 am in the morning till 11.00 pm. the evening schedule is from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm.