Marudhamalai Arulmigu Subramaniyaswamy Temple Thaipoosam Car Festival Invitation
Moolavar : Vel weapon of Lord Muruga
Old year : 500 years old
City : Vel Kottam, Marudhamalai
District : Coimbatore
State : Tamil Nadu
Monthly Kruthika star days, full moon days, Thai Poosam in January-February and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The Vel weapon of Lord Muruga installed in the sanctum sanctorum is 6.75 feet tall speaking volumes of its sculptural beauty. The Chakras representing the Panchabhoodas – five elements making the world – earth, space, fire, wind and water are shown in the stem part of the Vel. A small hole is made in the Vidhana for natural light to fall on the Vel. The first hall – mandap is formed with six points representing the Sa Ra Va Na Bha Va, six letter mantra of Lord Muruga.
The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Sri Murugan Temple, Vel Kottam, Marudamalai, Coimbatore.
The temple is at the foot of Marudamalai hills. This is considered as the meditation hall – Dyana Mandapam – of the main temple.
People pray here for safety from troublesome creatures and for relief from adverse aspects of planets.
Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Vel as they do Lord Muruga.
Greatness Of Temple:
Among the weapons held by Lord Muruga in His 12 hand, Vel enjoys the leadership status. Also, this is the only weapon being worshipped with all devotion as to Lord Himself. This worship continues in Tamilnadu since early days. Vel is praised with many adjectives as Vettrivel, Veeravel, Vairavel, Shaktivel, Koorvel, Gnanavel as mentioned in many hymns. This is also a symbol which many wear in their necks. People chant the names of Vel. This is a temple for Vel that has in itself many devotional aspects.
The glory of Vel is elaborately sung by Saint Arunagiriar in his celebrated Kandar Alankaram. When one is left in the lurch by all relatives and his/her possessions, the one constant companion protecting the soul is Vel, emphasizes the saint. Vel is the symbol of wisdom and the worshipper is gifted with vast knowledge of philosophies. It is noteworthy that other divine poet, philosopher and enlightened soul Sri Kumara Gurupara Swamigal achieved speech skill at the age of five with the blessings of Lord Muruga of Tiruchendur. The great devotional Tiruchendur Kandar Kalivenba was born that contains the whole substance of Skanda Mahapuranam.
It would be relevant to recall the lines of Subranya Bhjangam of Acharya Sri Adi Sankara that no evil would dare come close to a Vel devotee.
Miracle Based: The Vel installed in the sanctum sanctorum is 6.75 feet tall with Pancha Bhoodha symbols engraved in the stem part. A hole is made in the vidhana so that natural light may fall on the Vel for a happy darshan of the devotees. The Mandap of the temple is designed with six corners representing the six letter mantra of Lord Muruga..