Monday, April 6, 2009

KUMARAN KOIL - Velli Malai

Description: This ancient temple to Murugan known as Kumaran Koyil is located at Padmanabhapuram, home to the palace of the erstwhile Travancore Maharaja, on the slopes of the Veli hills. It is located in a commanding position, visible for miles around.

Legend : Murugan married Valli here and hence the name Velimalai, Manamalai or Kalyanamala.

Deities: The main deities worshipped here are Subramanyar and Valli. A majestic 10 feet high image of Subramanyar of great workmanship adorns the sanctum. The festival image of murugan here is Manavaalakumaran and this image is taken in procession everyyear during Navaratiri to Tiruvanandapuram, along with Saraswathi and Bhagavathi from the padmanabapuram palace. Manavaalakumaran is also taken in procession to take part in the annual festival of the Suchindram temple.

Festivals: Kerala Tantram is a protocol of worship offered in this temple along the lines of most other temples in Kanyakumari district. Fridays, especially the last fridays of every tamil month are considered to be very sacred here. The Kanji which is distributed here on fridays as prasadam is believed to have miraculous healing properties.

Murugan’s and Valli’s marriage is celebrated with great splendor in the month of panguni. This Thirukkalyanam is an enactment of the divine wedding and is attended by thousands of pilgrims from allover the state.

The 7 day festivities begin in the star of Anuradha in the month of Panguni. Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated for 10 days and as in other Murugan temples Skandasashti is celebrated for 6 days.

Pushpabishekam is celebrated on the last friday in the month of aavani when the image of Kumaran is completely covered with hundreds of baskets of flowers contributed by the congregating pilgrims.

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