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Holy tree
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PAZHAMUDIRCHOLAI (Solaimalai)
Arulmighu Subramanya Swamy Thiru Kovil


Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple - One of the most sacred temples of Lord Muruga
INTRODUCTION:
Pazhamudir cholai or Pazhamudir Solai - which was earlier known as Solai malai, is a holy place near Madurai, in Tamilnadu - South India. It houses one of the most sacred temples of Lord Muruga - also known as Arumugan, Karthikeya, Skanda and Kumara - and is the sixth Aarupadai Veedu . Saint poet Nakkerar, in his songs in praise of Lord Senthil Andavar, places Pazhamudircholai in the sixth place amongst the six battle places ( Arupadaiveedu ) that Lord Muruga has fought to win over evil.

The Other Temples in the Arupadai Veedu sung by Nakkeerar are:
1.Thiruparamkunram
2.Tiruchendur
3.Palani
4.Swamimalai and
5.Tiruthani
A few Murugan devotees do consider that Marudamalai Murugan temple also deserves to be mentioned as one additional Padai Veedu.


 
LEGEND / PURANA :
There is a famous legend associated with the temple - it is said that Avvaiyar , a famous tamil poet and a Muruga Bakthai(Muruga Devotee), came here when her knowledge was put to test by Lord Muruga, taking the form of a small boy. It is firmly believed that this episode took place at a tree near the temple and the tree is worshipped even today.
Nakeerar, in his Tamil writings compilation called Thirumurugatruppadai, more than 2000 years ago, and saint Poet Arunagirinaathar, who has composed several verses on Murugan, have both sung in great praise of Lord of Pazhamudircholai.
 

LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE / CITY:
It is a Hill temple, located on the top of Azhagar malai hills, on the South west of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. There is an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu at the foot of the hills, popularly known as Azhagar Koil, and is one of the 108 sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Arupadaiveedu - A Multimedia ecstasy a CD ROM / VCD on Muruga by Cybervalley Systems , India - presents a brief overview of this temple.

The Pazhamudir Solai temple is accessible by Road - Regular buses are available from Madurai.

TEMPLE PRECINCTS:
The temple construction that stands today - is of a much recent origin and presents without elaborate facades and walls. Atop the hill, there is another temple called Rakkayi Amman temple - which is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. A small spring - kinown as Noopura Ganga runs near this temple. The waters of this mountain spring are considered to be sacred and devotees to the Subramanya temple of Pazhamudir solai do not fail to take a bath in this holy spring.

These picturesque scenes from the temple have been videographed vividly in Arupadaiveedu - A Multimedia ecstasy a CD ROM / VCD on Muruga by Cybervalley Systems , India (http://www.cybervalleysystems.com).

SANCTUM SANCTORUM :
Lord Muruga presents himself as Sri Subrahmanya, along with his celestial consorts - Valli and Deivayani (also known as Devasena, the daughter of Indran) in the main sanctum sanctorum. Here, Valli is considered to be ICHCHA SAKTHI (Power of will), Deivayani to be KRIYA SAKTHI (Power of doing) and Lord Muruga himself is considered to be GNANA SAKTHI (Power of Knowledge).

It is believed that the Lord was worshipped in the form of a Vel in ancient times.

IMBIBE THE SPIRIT OF MURUGA BAKTHI (Devotion to Lord Muruga) - IN YOUR KIDS !
Many of those who migrated away from India, be it the early settlers in South Africa or the tech-savvy migrants to US - the first generation who have lord Murugan in their hearts find it difficult to pass on this spiritual shield to their children who grow up in alien lands.

Keeping this in mind, Cybervalley Systems has brought out a CD-ROM titled ARUPADAIVEEDU - A MULTIMEDIA ECSTASY that can play on all PCs and select VCD players. It is a multimedia title covering a group of six most sacred temples of Lord Muruga - popularly known as Arupadaiveedu - in south India.

With well researched contents, covering vital details like spiritual significance of the place, legends, puranas, history, festivals and spiritual events, this CD ROM presents a detailed coverage of the temple premises. It also exquisitely brings to life, many pujas and utsavams of Lord Karthikeya - like...

- Thiruparamkundram : Soora Samharam, Chariot Festival and Laksha archana (worship to Lord Muruga by hundred thousand names)
- Thiruchendur : Swing Festival (Oonjal Sevai - where Lord Muruga swings with his consort in a highly tranquill atmosphere)
- Palani : The Golden Chariot Festival (A very famous occation in which golden image of the Lord goes around the temple in Gold Plated Chariot)
- Swamimalai : The Soora Vahana Festival (Lord Muruga is seated above the Asura Soorapadhman and is taken around the temple)
- Thiruthani : Mirror Festival (Kannadi Sevai - where the Lord's Six faces are exposed through a mirror and worshipped)
- Pazhamudhircholai : Bathing Festival (Abhishekam - where the Lord's image is bathed in several holy waters, amidst the veda chanting - Sri Rudhram and Chamakam)

Such rare footages produce spiritual ecstasy in one's mind, even if they are viewed repeatedly !

Peace and tranquility are the possible benefits of viewing the CD contents - be it in a group during small functions or alone- in solitude in the background of darkness. For kids- it will be as much fun as watching the cartoons - if only the parents take time to explain the CD contents to their kids with some interest.

To know more about the CD ROM - Click here
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HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE:
There are conflicting opinion among the scholars as to the location of the actual Pazhamudircholai temple - though the one near madurai is now considered to be authentic by many. No elaborate history is available for this temple as the temple itself is of recent origin - though Muruga worship here is several hundered years old.

HOLY TREE (STALA VRUKSHAM):
The stala vriksham for Pazhamudircholai temple is the Naval Maram (reverred by Avvaiyar).

TEMPLE TIMINGS AND DAILY POOJA:
Daily pujas to the deities are performed six times a day (six kalams). Forenoon : Ushat Kalam, Kalasandhi and Uchikala poojas are performed in the and the afternoon poojas commencing from Sayaratchai and Rendam kalam are concluded with Arthajama pooja in the night.

FESTIVALS :
Pankuni Uttiram festival in March
Visakam festival in May
Skanda Shashti festival in October
Tiru Karthikai festival in Nov/December

NEARBY TEMPLES AND TOURIST LOCATIONS:
Madurai,
Thiruparamkundram

HOW TO REACH ?
Links to Tour & Travel Agencies
ganeshtravels
chennaibest.com
1uptravel.com
indiantravelportal

WHERE TO STAY ?
Links to sites with details of Madurai Hotels and Lodges
Pandiyan Hotels
Madurai Hotels
Madurai Lodging
Madura Park Inn

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS ON SWAMIMALAI:
murugan.org
hindu books.org
good news india.com
chennai online
geocities.com
indian visit.com
msu.edu
kumbakonam online

LINKS TO OTHER MURUGAN TEMPLES IN ARUPADAI VEEDU:
Tiruparamkundram
Tiruchendur
Palani
Swamimalai
Tiruthani