This ancient temple to
Murugan known as Kumaran Koyil is located at
Padmanabhapuram, home to the palace of the
Maharaja, on the slopes of the Veli hills. It
is located in a commanding position, visible for miles
Legend has it that Murugan
here and hence the name Velimalai, Manamalai or
main deities worshipped here are Subramanyar
and Valli. A majestic ten 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 every year during Navaratri to
along with Saraswati and
Bhagavati from the Padmanabapuram Palace.
Manavaalakumaran is also taken in procession
to take part in the annual festival of the
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 Tirukkalyanam is an enactment
of the divine wedding and is attended by thousands of pilgrims
from allover the state.
The seven-day festival
begin in the star of Anuradha in the month of
Panguni. Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated for 10
days and as in other Murugan temples Skanda Sashti is
celebrated for six 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.
Just one kilometre from Kumarakoil Temple on the same mountain road one finds Ramji Ashram.
|Vel Murugan Seva Sangam volunteers perform service at Kumarakoil|