Abodes of Ganesha
Abodes of Shakti
Abodes of Shiva
Abodes of Skanda Abodes of Surya
Abodes of Vishnu
Templenet Archives

Templenet Encyclopedia
Travel and Tourism
Festivals and Fairs
Beliefs and Legends
Glossary of Terms
About Templenet

tn.jpg (19837 bytes)
The Ultimate Source of Information on Indian Temples

Temples of Tamilnadu
Temples of Kerala
Temples of Karnataka
Temples of Andhra

Temples of Orissa
Temples of Central India
Temples of Maharashtra
Temples of Western India
Temples of the Himalayas
Temples of the Gangetic Plains
Temples of North Eastern India
Temples of Bengal

Feedback & Information:

K. Kannikeswaran
All Rights Reserved
No part of this website may be reproduced or used in any form without permission.
Tradition Meets

tn1.jpg (28116 bytes)

Kumaran Koyil
Temples of Tamilnadu >>Kumaran Koyil (Velimalai)
Abodes of Skanda >>Kumaran Koyil (Velimalai)
Travel Base: Kanyakumari

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 has it that 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.

vallikal2.jpg (9462 bytes)

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.