Friday, 2 March 2018

In This Temple Lord Muruga Appears In Three Forms - As A Child, Family Man & Saint - Sri Bala Subrahmanya Temple - Vadachennimalai, Salem

This is another Murugan Temple near Attur and it is around 5 Kms from Attur. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Lord is present here in three different forms - as a sweet child in the sanctorum (hence the name of the temple), in the nearby shrine in the form of a Brahmachari - Dhandayuthapani and in the final shrine as a Grahastha - Shri Valli Devasena Sametha Shri Subramanya Swamy. All are Swayumbu Murthis. Perhaps, we don’t get to see Him in three Swayambu Forms in any other Murugan Temple! Lord Muruga appears in three forms in the temples representing Varnasrama Dharma rules. He is a smiling child in the sanctum sanctorum, an ascetic nearby as Dandayuthapani and a family head with His consorts Valli and Devanai. These are the rare postures of the Lord in this temple alone.

Aerial View Of Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple
Aerial View Of Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple
A five tier Rajagopuram stands majestically in the temple. In the early days, the temple had only two shrines for the swayambumurthi and Dandayuthapani nearby. It is said that Lord Muruga appeared in the dream of a devotee and expressed His wish to have His presence as a child. Accordingly, He was then installed as Lord Balasubramania behind the Sayambumurthi idols. Lord Vinayaka graces the temple as Adivara Vinayaka. Devotees strongly believe that circumambulating the hill – Girivalam- will protect them from evil forces. Majority of the devotees pray for mental peace. Those intending to buy land and building pray before the Avvayar statue on the Girivalam with a stone to have wish realized.

Steps Leading To Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple
Steps Leading To Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple
Presiding deity Lord Muruga appears in three postures as a smiling child, as Dandayuthapani the ascetic and a Gruhastha-family man with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. This is a rare feature in this temple. Devotees believe to gain high benefits by their prayers to Lord in three forms. Girivalam helps driving away all evil forces affecting devotees. The philosophy behind these three postures are 1) the child is ever smiling without cares, 2) a family man has both happiness and worries of duties in family life and 3) renunciation brings him endless bliss.

Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Main Tower
Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Main Tower
Lord Muruga appears with a Rudrakshamala and a turban. Those planning to buy land and/or building pray to Avvaiyar on the Girivalam path with a stone. There is also a statue showing Avvaiyar offering a gooseberry to Muruga. There is heap of stones near Avvaiyar statue placed by devotees hoping to own a house. The steps leading to the temple is divided in 60 forms representing 60 Tamil years. It is believed that praying to the steps will enhance the longevity of the devotees.

Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Complex
Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Complex
Many years ago, boys grazing the sheep were playing at the foot hill. A new boy also appeared there and joined them. The new boy began to climb the hill fast and stopped at a place with all brightness around him and disappeared. The boys informed the incident to he villagers. The villagers came to the place, found three Swayambu idols and signs of pujas performed there. They understood the boy was but Muruga and built the temple.

Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Prakaram
Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple Prakaram

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings: 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This temple is situated at a distance of 12 kms from attur on the way to kallakuruchi and one has to get down at kattukottai bus stop to reach this temple. People go girivalam on full moon day for removing bad effects of karma. People who want to own a house pray near Avvayar statue on the foot steps by placing a stone near the statue. New clothes and abhishekam are offered after fulfilment of wishes.

Inside View Of Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple
Inside View Of Vadachennimalai Bala Subrahmanya Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Bala Subrahmanya Temple,
Vadachennimalai,
Attur, Salem.
Pin Code : 636 121,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04282 235201 ; 04282 235100

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