The Balasubramanya Temple at Periyakulam in Theni district is an important temple of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The mighty Chola ruler Rajendra Chola constructed this temple. This temple is devoted to Lord Murugan.
The main deity of the temple has a six headed Lord Muruga along with his consort. This idol of Lord Murugan has been pierced from under ground. The Balasubramanya Temple is the most visited temple in Tamil Nadu.
It is considered to be 200 years old. The temple sits on the banks of the River Varaha. According to legends King Rajendra Chola had once killed a pig unintentionally when it was suckling its young ones. Later on, the great Chola ruler saw Lord Murugan feeding the hungry piglets. Moved by this divine incident the King ordered to build this temple.
This story is beautifully engraved in the temple. A visit to Balasubramanya Temple is considered equivalent to a pilgrimage in Kasi.