Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Adimai
"(Until that fateful day) I was not so fond of bhakti, but I used to pass by this way every day to reach my office work by 9 am. While passing by I would offer worship just like other people.
But on that 20th March 1968 I climbed the hill to have darshan. I asked the priest who was doing puja to burn a little camphor for aradhana. He said, "We have no camphor and no incense."
I felt like crying. I came out from the moolasthanam and went for pradakshinai (circumambulation) and worship seeing the Deity.
At that moment I lost all my other concerns and made up my mind to have a vow to make the poor sanctum of Rathinagiri to be as glorious as the Lord's Aru Padai Veedukal.
Then from my heart the inner feelings rose up addressing Lord Muruga, saying, "Oh, what a Deity you are! I heard that you have six Padai Veedukal where you enjoy pujas six times daily. All the devotees visit you there full of confidence in you. At those places you are as a Deity. Here also you are a deity, but what a pitiable situation for you here."
From that day onwards I have been observing maunam (silence) and doing my prayers. Now when visitors come to the temple, I am offering them food and hospitality. Now you can see the change in status of the temple. It is not I but the Lord or His Grace (that makes this possible).
Now Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple has become one of the famous and notable temples of South India. And it will become one among the Padai Veedus shortly.
In my life I feel happy about the Temple. What inspiration on that day 20th March 1968, has been fulfilled by HIM.
This granite temple cost Rs. 20 lakhs during 1977 to 1984 alone, and other works are now in progress. The cost of temple construction over the past 33 years has exceeded Rs 240 lakhs, and over 400 lakhs including the other buildings and projects.
The Kumbhabhishekam alone will cost Rs 25 lakhs to perform next year, plus 15 lakhs for pending work to be finished before then. Within six months, I have to mobilise 40 lakhs."