The Vayalur Murugan Temple is located in Kumara Vayalur and is dedicated to God Vayalur Murugan. Built during the reign of the Cholas this temple is around 1, 200 years old. At Tiruvannamalai God Muruga blessed Sri Arunagirinathar with the first few lines "Muthai Tiru". After writing these lines Sri Arunagirinathar went into deep meditation. God Muruga then beckoned him to Vayalur and asked him to sing the Tirupugazh. Sri Arunagirinathar was overcome with happiness and requested the God to show him how to present it. With the God's blessings he first wrote a verse on Sri Poiya Ganapati Kaithala Nirai Kani and later the Tiruppugazh verses. Thus it is believed that Vayalur gains its importance as this is the place where Sri Arunagirinathar wrote the Tiruppugazh which is the main prayer hymn for Muruga bhaktas. 18 verses (910-927) of the Thirupugazh are on Vayalur. The inscriptions seen on the temple testify to the fact that the Subramanyar temple at Kumaravayalur dates back to the period of the Cholas. The Chola kings built this temple in the ninth century. The late Sri Kripananda Variyar contributed immensely towards further developing of this temple. The main deity in the temple is God Muruga. His shrine is behind the Moolavar Shiva Sannithy. The other shrines in this temple are Moolavar Arulmigu Athi Nathar (God Shiva). God Nataraja is in the Sadura Danda pose in this temple. This temple houses the Agni Theertham also known as Shakthi Theertham. According to a legend, God Muruga himself created this tank with his Velayudham. The Sthala Vriksham: Vanni Maram (Vanni Tree) is seen on the left side, as soon as you enter the rajagopuram. There are many shrines dedicated to God Shiva present within the premises of this temple. These shrines include Nataraja and Sri Poiya Ganapati as well as consorts of Valli and Deivanai, depicting in a position of being seated in a peacock. The speciality of its Natarajar idol is that it has both its leg on the ground. To honour these idols, a festival is also held at this temple. The location of this temple is also said to be the place where God Muruga blessed saint poet, Arunagiri Nathar and initiated him to compose the famous work of Thirupugazh. The surroundings of this temple include green fields and Sakhti Theertaham on its opposite side
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For peace and happiness
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.
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