Suruli Velappar Temple is located at Surulimalai in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This temple is 1000-2000 years old. Lords Shiva and Vishnu, Vinayaka are in the sanctum sanctorum along with Lord Velappar-Muruga. The place is historically famous as Neduvel Kundram-Hill of Lord Muruga. According to faith, the hill is the home of all Gods, hence there are idols for all Gods.
About The Temple
This is a cave temple. The cave has many wonderful features as a tree, its stems and leaves changing into rock after 48 days in deep water, the wet sand changing into sacred ash etc. As huge number of Rishis and Devas reached Himalayas to attend the divine wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, north level rose up and the south went deeply down. Lord Shiva sent Sage Agasthya to south to balance the earth level. As the sage was unable to have the wedding darshan, Lord granted this darshan to the sage in this cave. Hence this cave is praised as Kailash Guhai – cave.
Legend and Stories
The Devas, subjects of the celestial world, Sages, Siddhas and others, in their effort to defeat Ravana and release themselves from their bonded life under him, held a meeting in the Kailasa Nathar cave headed by Lord Maha Vishnu. When Ravana came there with his huge army, Lord Maha Vishnu stood before him in Boodha Swarupa covering earth and heaven and blocked his march. Ravana trembled and retreated to save himself from the fury of Lord. Lord Suruli Velappar graces his devotees from a cave above this spot.
Chithirai utsav in April-May; Aadi 18 celebrations in July-August; New Moon days in Aadi and Thai month (July-August and January-February respectively) Thai Poosam in January-February; Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January; Shivrathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Sweet pudding-Sarkarai Pongal is offered as nivedhana to Lord Muruga here.
For freedom from sins committed, devotees carry milk pots, perform special abishek to Lord, tonsure and bathe in Surabi River gaining benefits of a peaceful life. All physical problems and diseases will disappear. The river has rich herbal properties.
How to Reach Suruli Velappar Temple, Surulimalai
The nearest airport is Madurai Airport. The nearest railway station is Theni Railway Station. Cumbam is 51 km from Theni.
Suruli Velappar Temple,
Suruli Falls Road, Surulimalai, Theni district,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode – 625521.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For freedom from sins
- For cure from diseases and physical problems
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.
The temple is open from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm.