Marudhamalai is located just 15 kilometers west of Coimbatore, nestled in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats. It is the place of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Muruga.
As you make your way up, you’ll come across some interesting sights. Keep an eye out for Idumban, who is perched on a huge circular rock at the Temple of Idumban. And those three big rocks with a different color than the others? That’s the mandapam of Kudhirai Kulambu, and it’s definitely worth a photo.
But the real star of the show is the temple itself. The Adi Moolasthanam is shaped like a lingam, and Lord Muruga is seen with Valli and Deivanai. And speaking of Lord Muruga, the beautiful deity of him in the Moolasthanam is a sight to cheer- it’s no wonder it’s a favorite among devotees and connoisseurs alike!
The temple also manages a home for destitutes, where they take care of 45 children. And if you’re in need of some medical attention, there’s a siddha hospital at the foot of the hill that treats the poor and distributes medicines worth Rs. 30,000 annually. Oh, and did we mention that the temple also runs a school in Vadavalli? It started off under a thatched roof, but now it’s a permanent structure and has grown into a high school. Talk about a full-service temple!
And last but not least, we can’t forget about the Pambatti Siddhar Cave. This shrine is located on the slopes towards the east, and it’s said that Pambatti Siddhar used this cave for meditation on Lord Muruga and attained salvation here. And if you look closely, you might even notice a natural image of a snake on the rock.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, put on your walking shoes, and head on over to the temple of Marudhamalai. Trust us, it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!