2nd Stop - Vallimalai Murugan Temple

Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

From Padmavathiyar temple, we diverted to the Ranipet road heading to Vallimalai. I guess from here, we pretty much broke the initial itinerary and visited more places.  We finally arrived in Vallimalai at 12.30pm.

For a moment, I was unsure if I would be able to make it up ti the hill temple based on the heat and temperature at that time but we managed to take small breaks and go up the stairs to the hill temple.

Our journey started with the main Valli Amma temple at the bottom of the hill and then proceeded to the Arunagiri Temple just beside that and then the journey of climbing the fleet of stairs started right to the hill top. 

The view was great from the top and the temple was magnificent, the entire structure was built on a single rock. After praying, we came down to the car at 3.00 pm.

Below is a brief of the temple:

After witnessing Kanda Sashti festival at Tiruchendur, if one makes a bee-line north straight to the Andhra Pradesh border in Vellore district, one will arrive to Valli Malai, the birthplace of Valli Amma according to tradition, just at the time of the annual Guru Puja commemorating the samadhi on 22.11.1950 of Vallimalai Sri Satchidananda Swamigal, who popularised Saint Arunagirinathar's Tiruppukazh songs and Valli Malai all across South India during the early part of the 20th century.The power and beauty of this sakti peetam (Skt: 'seat of sakti or subtle power') are among the better-known secrets known to Murugan bhaktars. Indeed, Valli Malai remains as Valli Amma's own playground where She and Bala Murugan romp and play Hide-and-Seek with each other and with their devotees to this day. The stunning beauty of Valli Malai with its pools, fresh greenery, caves and unusual rock formations stands as mute testimony to the continuing presence of the ever-youthful Goddess Herself.Unlike towering Mount Kailasa in the trans-Himalaya where Lord Siva abides in cold silent majesty, the Valli Malai hills by comparison are child-sized. Indeed, the whole of Valli Malai appears designed to please the goddess of Valli Malai, Valli Amma or Pongi (literally 'bubbling over', i.e. with joy). Pongi is the spirit of a twelve-year old girl, just as Murugan always remains a kumara or youth. Valli Malai was the birthplace in prehistoric times of Lord Murugan's sweetheart Valli and to this day her spirit remains here and in the hearts of her devotees.Vallimalai Sri Satchidananda Swamigal has since been succeeded by his disciple Valli Malai Balananda Sadhu, whose renown as a friend of Pongi Amma and exponent of Tiruppukazhsongs has been spreading across the world of Murugan devotees. Balananda Sadhu has single-handedly restored the delapitated Vallimalai Satchidananda Tiruppukazh Ashram and turned it into a model ashram and center of devotional activities including daily annadanam and annual functions that attract and feed hundreds of devotees.A life-long brahmachari and former automotive engineer, Balananda Sadhu is well-endowed with the energetic drive and talents needed for one who serves as Pongi Amma's own cook, driver, manager, engineer, foreman, accountant, priest and secretary all rolled into one. He is constantly engaged in devotional service of Pongi Amma and Lord Murugan. 

 Behind the temple there is a kulam Saravana Poikai. Near the kulam there is a Valli temple also. On the top of the hillock there is another temple for Lord Muruga. One has to climb 444 steps to reach this temple that is carved in a single rock. On the steps there are a number of resting mandapams. Out of the many canopies one of them is still not renovated. When they tried to renovate it, Mr. Arunachalam, Mr. Apathurai and Kripananda Variar tried to remove the stone. When they had smoke incense smell coming from the chamber below the stone they had the vision of siddhas and rishis seated in yoga posture. All the three had a shock and became unconscious. From that time the stones were closed and this particular canopy has been left as it is without renovation. There are a number of stories about this.Valli Malai Shakti Peetam (Iccha Shakti)
Here Valli Devi has importance from very ancient time many siddhas lived on this hill. In fact one may call it a
Siddha Bhumi. On top of Valli Malai near the ashram there is a place where Valli made a paste of turmeric for taking bath. Nearby is the place where Murugan took the form of a tree. Valli Malai Swamigal removed what remained of the tree and made it into a water pool.Near the Valli Malai rock temple the asramam is situated. Swami Satchidananda accepted Tiruppukazh as the Veda Mantra and taught all with music. In 1950 he attained samadhi. This samadhi is made of a single rock. Presently this asramam is administered by Sri Balananda Swami.Siva-Visnu
On the top of the hillock there is a Siva lingam called Tirumal Gireeswara. Here Vaisnavism and Saivism commingle. After the puja the priest blesses the devotees with sadari proving that this is a Vaisnava site.
Kumari Teertham
On the west of the asramam, there is a spring which is called Suriyan Kanaa Cunnai, meaning the pond that does not see the sun, i.e. the sun's rays never touch it. The story goes that Lord Murugan came as an old man and asked Valli to give honey and tinai maha (millet flour) to eat. On eating the same he had hiccups and asked for water from a pond which does not get either sun rays or moon rays. The water is perennial and is considered as Ganges water. There are references about this spring on palmyra leaf sources. Young women sprinkle this water on their head and pray to Valli for a good husband. 

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R.Sathish on

ya..i like this temple very much....hear to i went many times.....

venoth on

Hi Satish, I love this temple very much too, there seems to be a bond there. Was thinking of perhaps the next time staying a night in the temple itself, not sure if this is allowed, but look forward to this.

sunder on

that was good to see my village temple on net, thanks guys whoever had put those photo's .

venoth on

Hi Sunder, glad to know someone new from Vallimalai. Thank you so much for dropping by.

Kumaran on

This temple has given birth to many siddhars, some known and many more unknown. It is good that you have come here. Not many know of the importance of this temple. Most Kaumara's only concentrate on the Arupadai Veedu.

venoth on

That's true Kumaran. This land can be said as the mother of most sidhars. Still there are many Sidhars there residing in the caves.

dl on

Hi, could anyone tell me if thers any rooms available to stay in and visit vallimalai.

venoth on

Hi DL, this is something I am trying to figure out as well. But if you are a single traveller, then there are huts where you could put up the night in the temple vicinity itself. But for proper hotels, I did not observe any when I went there all along the way. Vallimalai is situated remotely and is located in the middle of a small village.

Jay on

The newly constructed temple is also a Valli Amma temple?

venoth on

Hi Jay, no it isn't. It is a Lord Thandayuthapani Temple.

Karuppiah(Malaysia) on

Kirubananda Vaariyar swamigal once said, those who devoted to Lord Murugan and wish to get blessings of siddhars must go to Vallimalai. Many devotees of Lord Murugan don't know anything about Vallimalai. I am 51 years, just only today realised that Vallimalai is so important for Murugan devotees. I think Lord Murugan and siddhars will make me visit this holy place one day. Waiting for directive from Siddhars .

venoth on

Hi Mr. Karuppiah, im glad that this has given you a direction in disguise to visit Vallimalai. The Siddhars work in miraculous ways, a blessed few get direct orders, the rest ...indirectly. Do get in touch if you wish to visit Vallimalai and thank you so much for visiting my blog. Om Sam Saum Saravana Bhava.

kavitha on

my fariute god&temple. i love too much this temple,

venoth on

Hi Kavita, yes its a beautiful temple. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

ramasamy iyer on

I visited this temple in 1999-2000. During that time, no body was allowed to climb the hill after 6 pm.
I also tried to stay one night in valli malai. But when I approached the mutt there, the caretaker told me that the swamiji was not there at that time and nobody was allowed to stay overnight there. At that time, I was holding a decent position in ranipet. Things might have changed now. Wish Venoth a divine stay at Vallimalai.
If you go to the top of the hill after the ashram or mutt, there is a sivalinga constructed on the rock. Reaching that is a diffcult task ( a risky venture) if you rub a wet white cloth on those rocks, the white cloth will become yellow. It is believed that valliamma used that manjal or turmeric for bathing and hence the stones themselves are turning into yellow in colour. I love to visit there.

venoth on

Dear Mr. Ramasamy, thank you so much for the kind insight into the temple. The last time I was there, I believe, we could stay at the Arunagirinathar Temple, of course one would need to rough it out, no proper amenities. Definitely during my next trip, I shall try to reach up there are explore the temple a little further. Thank you once again for dropping by.

Sunil on

Yah Venoth, it is a nice description. Even I too went there few years back. I have seen many peacocks in the temple downhills. The pushkarini was a big and on the whole we had a nice experience. Thanks for making me recollect those sweet moments.

venoth on

Hi Sunil, thank you for the lovely comments. Just about this time last year, we were there. Actually, the past few days, my mind has been constantly there too. I'm happy that this entry did bring about some good memories for you too. :) Thank you for taking the time to read my entry.

anand rao on


venoth on

Dear Mr. Anand Rao, thank you so much for the kind words of appreciation. Thank you once again for the advice. Indeed, it is such a wonderful temple that has worked numerous miracles. Please do keep in touch.

siva on

Sir can u pls how to go to vallimalai from vellore through bus?

venoth on

Dear Siva, sorry I would not be able to advise this as I am from Malaysia and travelled in India using a local car and driver. He suggested the routes for me.

Kanth on

Hi Venoth, nice photos and good trip back to our land. In vallimalai, there are chatrams where you can stay at the base itself, near the temple chariot. The charges are nominal.

Kanth on

Vallimalai is a beautiful place. It's beauty is so captivating. The saravana poigai, the climb to the cave temple, and the thirupugazh ashramam. The view from the top is really breathtaking. Everything around looks so beautiful. Vallimalai was like a headquarters to Variyar Swamigal.

Vallimalai is easily accessible from Vellore. There are a few buses which go close to the temple and some at the gandhi-selai while plying to Sholinghur and Tirutthani.

venoth on

Dear Kanth, thank you. Thank you again for the great information on the chatirams. Many have written to me asking about that information and through you, I am able to assist them now. Thank you for the kind assistance.

venoth on

Dear Kanth, thank you so much for the guidance as to how to reach the temple via public transport. Thank you so much again and I am sure it would be of great help to many. And, thank you so much for taking the time to go through my travel blogs.

VS Karthik on

Even I like Vallimalai very much. Your photos are good and you mention to have a special bond to this place. Very nice. :-) . You being from a different country have shared a nice feeling. Even we feel deeply attached to this temple, although very few people are aware of a wonderful place like this.

venoth on

Dear VS Karthik, thats is veru true. Vallimalai is an unknown abode to many. It is truly a Siddhar Bumi. I love that temple very much as much as I am attached to the Arupadaiveedu. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the time taken going through my travel blogs. I truly hope to visit this lovely abode again soon.

Manju on

Thanks for the valuable info. I was planning to take my mom to this temple, she has been asking since so many days and was not sure if Walajah was the preferred route. Though I could not get much travel info, this article gave better insights on the temple.

venoth on

Dear Manju, thank you so much for the great comment. Though I could not resolve your query, but I am glad that you found the entry insightful. Thank you so much for taking the time going through my blogs.

mohanj on

Dear vinoth
To- day i have seen lot of informations and photos about Vallimallai murugan temple it is really very very useful to the devotees why 15 year back we went valli malai along with my dad for prayed for marriage to my sister and my self and returned if your believe not after return to home we got alliance for my sister with in two days and my marriage also immediately fixed with in one month and both marriage has been completed with six months in a year with blessing of vallimalai muruga and dad got saniyasam and gone way after my son birth now i am and my son one among devotee of Lord vallimalai muruga thank you very for your information for exposing the truth of vallimalai kept up

venoth on

Dear Mohan, I am greatly pleased with your experience. I too experienced great mysteries and miracles during my few hours of visits there including encounters with Siddhars. It is true and He is there!!! No one can deny that. I truly hope that during my next visit I can spend more time there. Thank you for your lovely comments and support!!!

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