What was once the face of Coimbatore’s spiritual shade is yet the most celebrated shrines by the people and tourists alike. With a long history of rich heritage under its hood and a pristine looking green cover hovering around the temple like a galaxy full of shining stars, Marudhamalai is every bit a venture into the mystic wonderland of Coimbatore’s spiritual history.
Walk with us in celebrating the iconic figure of Coimbatore as we are set to unfold everything you need to know about Marudhamalai.
History of Marudhamalai
Marudhamalai dates back to the 12th century, built by great kings as a place of devotion to Lord Muruga on the outskirts of Coimbatore. The temple itself is a mirror of the rich culture and tradition of the Tamil culture and their love for spiritual liberation.
It was only till after notable filmmaker M.M.A Chinnappa Thevar made a huge undisclosed contribution, the maintenance of the temple happened in full swings, with roads being laid to ease off the burden of the devotees climbing up and also reworking the steps for a better experience.
The name Marudhamalai is coined from the term Marutha maram, a native breed of trees found in abundance on the outskirts of the hills the temple sits on. There are works of literature carved on the rocks standing as a sign of rich literacy and love for the arts Tamil people were fond of.
For people finding it tough to grace the ever powerful Sabarimala shrine, they always resort to the Marudhamalai temple which they consider equally gratifying. The scenic atmosphere of the hill temple is something that never gets its fair share of recognition through mere words, as they literally open up to the world of absolute peace and serenity in a city known for its bustling ambience.
There are trees and plants rich in medicinal properties as well as medicinal herbs found in the lush green layer around the hill temple. The climate is often in harmony with nature and its breeze itself thanks to the ever charming western ghats it’s tucked on.
Marudhamalai is also famous for the belief that it blesses couples who are struggling to get pregnant. The aura around the place is divine if not powerful enough to take us through the roads of tranquility and vividness together.
Like most other Murugan Temples, this one is also on a hill though not as tall as the one in Palani. But what’s not common is the fact that this shrine sits on East of the hill compared to the other temples. There are lots of special festivals and rituals happening here round the year with the most popular and celebrated one obviously being the Thai Poosam.
During festive times like these, devotees take out the almighty Lord Muruga on a Chariot ( Rath Yatra) on circles around the temple, with a flock of other devoted devotees taking a glance of the majestic looking beautiful event of the night.
There are numerous water bodies circling the temple like the Maruda Theertham and snake charmer’s spring that is believed to be containing astounding Medicinal properties. On the southern corner of the temple, there is a descending stairs taking us down to the popular and interesting Pambatti Sidhhar cave which is believed to be the place where Sidhhars meditated to attain spirituality.
Pambatti Siddhar belonged to the early 12th century and one among the 18 Siddhars, and he is believed to have performed penance in the Marudhamalai hill to which the Lord Muruga responded by appearing as a snake in front of him thus attaining the name Pambatti Siddhar. He along with his consorts Valli and Deivanai have blessed Siddhar with Marudha Theertham. The tunnel from his cave to the Muruagan’s sanctum sanctorum stands as a proof of the historic events said.
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Marudhamalai Location, timings
Marudhamalai hills is located on the West side of Coimbatore at 14kms away from the city center. There are numerous buses plying regularly from Gandhipuram to the hill. The only route being the polite and calm Vadavalli road. The road is free from traffic and honking cars, with trees adorning both the sides of the beautiful wide roads.
With a 15 minutes drive from Vadavalli, you will find Marudhamalai at the end of the road. The road ends right here with no connecting or extension from here, the only thing on the other end is the prestigious Western Ghats foothills.
There are small shuttle buses available at the foothills to reach the hillock temple. You can either board the bus or take up your own vehicle for a brief uphill drive. There are also the old traditional steps at the other side for those who wish to take the conventional route up.
The temple is tucked at top of granite hill in Coimbatore at 600ft. Apart from the spiritual side, Marudhamalai authorities have also shared their hands on the social services like providing Annadhanam to devotees daily, with an exceptional food quality that hasn’t deteriorated over years or over the numbers of devotees attending.
The usual timings are 5.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 8.30pm
Marudhamalai has always been one of the favorite places for people here, that hasn’t changed over the years at all. Thanks to the ultimate divinity and absolute serenity surrounding the air.