We invite you to explore India - the Land with infinite beauty ! Whether you soar high into Himalayas or peer under the ruins of the Ancient monuments dotting the landscape of India, you will cherish the experience long after your visit ! This India Travel Guide on Swamimalai Temple is free from any commercial interest! This site is dedicated to promote India - the vast subcontinent, its glorious past, magnificent landscape and its infinite variety.


Pinterest

Swamimalai Temple


Swamimalai is a panchayat town located near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. Swamimalai means 'God's mountain'. It lies on the banks of river Cauvery, on the road connecting Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru. It is one of the six ‘Padai Veedugal’ (Battle Camps) of the Hindu God Muruga. Swamimalai boasts of having the only school that teaches the art (craft) of making bronze icons.

The temple is built on an artificial hillock about 60 feet high. It has sixty well-laid steps leading to the temple top. The sixty steps represent the Hindu cycle of sixty years.


Historical significance of Swamimalai

It is here at Swamimalai that Muruga explained the meaning of pranavam (AUM) to his father, Shiva. Son ( Muruga) became the Guru and the father ( Shiva) became the disciple.


An intense debate regarding the pranava mantram (AUM) takes place between Brahma (the creator) and Karthikeya. Brahma fails to convey the meaning of AUM as per requirements. Hence, Karthikeya suspends Brahma from his duties and imprisons him. Shiva intervened and asked Murugan whether he himself knew the meaning of the powerful Pranava OM. Muruga said that he is aware of the meaning and promised to teach him too, if he can treat him as his Guru and listen to the preaching as a committed disciple. Shiva accepted the condition and heard the description of OM as a faithful disciple in this place.


Muruga in this temple is also known as Swaminathan and ‘Thagapan Swami’ meaning Father’s God.


Swamimalai Murugan temple

The temple has three prakarams or enclosures and three entrances. The main entrance faces south where one can find majestic Raja gopuram (main temple tower). The outermost prakaram of the temple is at the ground level. The second one is located along the stairs, and the innermost prakaram is around the Swaminathan shrine.


There are many small temples at the lower prakaram, of which a temple dedicated to Meenakshi and Sundareswarar is significant.

Between the innermost prakaram and second prakaram, there is a temple of Netra Vinayagar (Lord Ganesh who blessed a devotee with eyesight) and shrines of Karthaveeryarjuna, Idumban and subramanya swamy.


At sanctum sanctorium, main deity Swaminadha, a six feet idol, with elephant as his vahana (vehicle) instead of peacock looks enchanting. The theerthams (divine sources of water) of the temple are Vajra theertham, Saravana Theertam, Netra Pushkarini and Kumaratturai (Kaveri).


Festivals in Swamimalai

Prominent festivals celebrated in Swamimalai include Skanda Shashti festival in October, Monthly Kirutikai festival, Temple Car festival in April, Visakam festival in May, Navaratri festival in May, Tiru Karthikai festival in Nov/December, Tai pusam festival in January; and Pankuni Uttiram festival in March.

The temple possesses a magnificent golden chariot made of gold, silver and other metals. It is always beautifully lit and will be taken on a procession around the outer corridor.


Swamimalai location

The temple is located close to important temple towns like Kumbakonam, Papanasam, Tiruvidaimarutur, Mayiladuthurai, Tanjavur etc. Swamimalai is well connected by rail and road. Kumbakonam is about 6 kms away and is the nearest railway link. The nearest airport is Trichy, which is 90 kms away.

Swamimalai Temple
Search through our pages on India

Indian Temples Indian Temples - Information about temples in all their architectural grandeur

Belur Hoysala Temples Belur Hoysala Temples - Poetry in Stone

Chola Temples Chola Temples - Revisit the past glory of the mighty Cholas

Madurai Meenakshi Temple Madurai Meenakshi Temple - One of the Biggest temples

Tirupati temple Tirupati temple - Lord of the 7 Hills

Rameshwaram Temple Rameshwaram Temple - Sethu Yathra

Swamimalai Temple Swamimalai Temple - The Son who taught his Father

Guruvayur Temple Guruvayur Temple - Bhuloka Vaikunta

Sabarimala Temple Sabarimala Temple - Makara Jyothi

Padmanabha swamy Temple Padmanabha swamy Temple - Ananthasayanam

God in Himalaya Mountains God in Himalaya Mountains - Abode of Shiva and his consort Shakthi

Char Dham Char Dham - Most revered 4 temples of Hindu Pilgrimage in Himalayas

Yamunotri Yamunotri - Yamunotri - dedicated to Goddess Yamuna

Gangotri Gangotri - Holy destination that embodies the origins of the Ganga

Kedarnath Kedarnath - Kedarnath on the Garhwal Range built by Adi Shankaracharya

Badrinath Badrinath - Badrinath dedicated to Vishnu - supreme God of Vaishnavites

Temples in Mathura and Vrindavan Temples in Mathura and Vrindavan - Temples dedicated to Lord Krishna

Temples in Dwarka Temples in Dwarka - legend and lore that surround the temples in Dwarka

Amritsar Golden Temple Amritsar Golden Temple - In the Pool of the Nectar of Immortality

Vaishno Devi Temple Vaishno Devi Temple - Shakti - Source of all Power

Konark Sun Temple Konark Sun Temple - Intricate sculptural work

Khajuraho Khajuraho - Breathtaking sculptures of Khajuraho

Puri Jagannath Temple Puri Jagannath Temple - 12 century Hindu Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Temple in the oldest living city

Shirdi Temple Shirdi Temple - White marble temple

Thiruvannamalai temple Thiruvannamalai temple - Padal PetraSthalam

Saradamba Temple Sringeri Saradamba Temple Sringeri - Sringeri Temples

Ranganatha Swami Temple Ranganatha Swami Temple - Largest Temple in the World

Udupi Krishna Temple Udupi Krishna Temple - Kanakanakindi

Vaitheeswaran Koil Vaitheeswaran Koil - Prime center for naadi shastra

Sripuram Golden Temple Sripuram Golden Temple - Temple of Gold

Sakshi Gopal Temple Puri Sakshi Gopal Temple Puri - Witness by God

Srikalahasti Temple Srikalahasti Temple - Kailas of the South

Kanchipuram Temple Kanchipuram Temple - Ancient Pallava built Temple

Palani Temple Palani Temple - Temple dedicated to Tamil God

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Part of the 6 Abodes of Murugan


Swamimalai Temple