There are six "PadaiVeedugal" ("Fort-Houses") for Lord Murugan. PadaiVeedugal are the popular abodes of Lord Murugan. Marudhamalai is considered by many to the be the seventh Fort-House.
The Marudhamalai Murugan temple is situated upon a scenic hill that is a part of the beautiful lush green Western ghats and is about 15 km from the vibrant city of Coimbatore, TamilNadu.
This is an ancient temple. References to this temple are found in inscriptions in the ThirumuruganPoondi temple. ThirumuruganPoondi temple is a "TevaraPaadalPetraStalam" and is atleast 1200 years old. So we can surmise that the Marudhamalai temple is older than 1200 years.
There is a shrine called the "Paambaatti Shithar Kugai" (Paambaatti Shithar cave) that is in close proximity to the Murugan temple. Legend has it that a Sitthar referred to as the Paambaatti Sitthar lived here in Marudhamalai. Paambaatti Sitthar is one of the most notable 18 Sitthars. Pambaatti Sitthar as his name indicates was associated with snake charming. As is the custom of the Sitthars of TamilNadu, he too, in the interest of mankind, has written extensively on the medicinal values and applications of plants.
Near the foothills, there is a temple for Lord Pillayaar who is known as the "ThaanThondri Vinaayakar" (which means that the Pillayar idol appeared on its own without human intervention.)
This temple is under the control of Religious endowments departement of Govt. of Tamilnadu
With housing colonies mushrooming on either side of the road even beyond Bharathiar University, the road is bound to be chock-a-block with traffic.
No sooner one enters the Marudamalai Road at this point, there are enough indications of what is in store on the rest of the stretch.
Buses moving in an out of an open space that makes for a terminus and those that stop along the main road (buses bound for Marudamalai and Thondamuthur) point out that the stretch is narrow and traffic management poor.
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