The Subramania Swami temple is located in Usilampatti, which is just 36 kilometers from Madurai. Devotees should alight at the Vilampatti bus stop running between Usilampatti and Vepanuthu. The temple is quite close to the bus stop. Legend has it that the king of the region was not able to control the atrocities of a powerful robber Nagasura who was harassing the people then. The king appealed to God Muruga to come to his rescue to protect the people. When the robber was looting the people, the God came before him as a youth and demanded him to seek the pardon of the people for his wrongdoings. It may be recalled from our scriptures that God Muruga did not destroy enemies immediately and gave them a chance to correct themselves. He did not destroy Surapanma too but changed him as a peacock for his vehicle and cock to appear on his flag. God, here too warned the robber first. He was not able to bear the warning and took it as a humiliation meted out to him and began to attack the God but only met with his end. People took the youth to the king but he disappeared on the way. The king understood that the youth was no less a person than God Muruga himself to whom he was always praying. As the God appeared as a youth, the place was called Kumara Koil (temple of youth). As there were more ant-hills (puttru in Tamil), it also came to be known as Puthur.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To develop courage and confidence
- To cure mental weakness
Shadaananam Chandana Liptha Gathram Mahorasam Divya Mayoora Vaahanam Rudrasya Soonum Suraloka Naatham Brahmanya Devam Charanam Prapadye
Meaning -I always take refuge in the 6 faced Lord Guha, who has sandal paste smeared over his body, who is broad-chested, whose vehicle is the peacock, who is Lord Shiva's son and who leads the army of the Devas.
Heyswami Natha Karunakara Dheenabandho Shree Parvatheesha Mukha Pankaja Padmabandho Shree Saadhi Devagana Poojitha Padha Padma Vallesa Nadha Mama Dehi Karaavalambham
Meaning -O! Merciful Lord Swaminatha, who cares for the poor, who is the sun to Lord Shiva's lotus face, whose lotus feet are acknowledged by Lord Vishnu and the others, Valli's Lord, please uplift me by lending me your hand.
Ariru Thadanthozh Vazhga Arumugam Vazhga Veppai Kooru Sei Thanivel Vazhga Kukkudum Vazhga Sevvel Yeriya Magnai Vazhga Aanai Thun Anangu Vazhga Maarila Valli Vazhga Vazhga Seer Adiyar Yellam
Meaning -Oh Muruga, we hail your 12 strong shoulders for they protect us from our enemies, we hail your 6 faces, we hail the Vel, your weapon that broke apart the Krounja mountain to reveal the asura in it. We hail the bird, the cock, that is part of your symbol in the flag. We hail your peacock, that takes you all over the world, we hail your consort Devyani, who was brought up by Indra's white elephant, Airavadam, we hail your other consort, the flawless Valli. And we hail your Bhaktas who worship you as a prayer.
Uruvai Aruvai Uladhai Iladhai Maruvai Malarai Maniyai Oliyai Karuvai Uyirai Gadhiyai Vidhiyai Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhaney
Meaning -O Lord Muruga, you have form and you are formless, you have everything and have nothing, you who exist in the smallest, in flowers, in a bell's ring, in the light. You are the embryo, the life, destiny and fate. Bestow your blessings on us as our guru.
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.