It is a very well-known fact that Tamil Nadu is the land of temples. It has each and every district housing hundreds of temples. Some of them are immensely popular for their religious significance, numerous for their interesting history and several for their splendid architecture. But how about getting yourself to one such amazing temple this weekend which is known for its architectural, historical and religious significance? If you would love to do so, then Kalugumalai Murugan Temple, located in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, should be your next destination.
The temple complex has in store a lot to be discovered and savoured. Well, following are the major 5 reasons every traveller must consider planning a trip to Kalugumalai Murugan Temple. Read on to know more about them.
1) One Of The Few Lord Murugan Temples
Also known as Kalugasalamoorthy Temple, it is one of the few Lord Murugan temples in the country, and hence it is considered as a site of great religious prominence amongst Hindus. As per ancient Hindu texts, the temple site is believed to be the place where Lord Murugan slayed the demon Surapadman, who was torturing the locals and sages in the region.
Since then, the temple is said to have been in existence. However, the current building of the temple is believed to be formed in the Medieval Period. Today, the temple is visited by thousands of Hindu devotees and tourists every year.
2) Related To The Period Of The Ramayana
If you are a history buff and love exploring the beauty of ancient places, then Kalugumalai Murugan Temple would certainly appeal you. The temple is highly related to the epic Ramayana as it is said that Sambathi, who helped Lord Murugan kill the demon Surapadman, was the brother of Jatayu.
When Sambathi was unable to perform the last rites of his brother, Jatayu, Lord Rama advised him to come to the region of the present-day Tuticorin and do penance as an act of repentance. Ages later, he assisted Lord Murugan in killing Surapadman.
3) The Temple Complex Houses An Unfinished Shiva Temple
Located within the temple complex, Vettuvan Koil is that unfinished Shiva temple which is said to have been established in the 8th century by the Pandya dynasty. As per local legends, the rivalry between the king of the region and his son was the major region behind the incompletion of the temple as the king was killed by his son.
Since then, the temple stands unfinished. It is a monolithic temple and is one of the masterpieces of rock-cut architecture. Today, the temple is under the care of Tamil Nadu government and is visited by hundreds of tourists every year.
4) It Is Of Great Architectural Significance
Yes, the entire temple complex which comprises several other monuments, including Kalugumalai Murugan Temple, is of great architectural significance. From its rock-cut buildings to beautiful carvings, each and every corner deserves to be captured on your camera.
Kalugumalai Jain beds are the most prominent monuments in the temple complex where you can find several sculpted images of Jain Thirthankars. So, if you are an architecture enthusiast, you shouldn't miss visiting this marvellous place.
5) A Perfect Place For Tourists Seeking Peace
The ultimate need of any traveller is a peaceful and composed atmosphere and the complex of Kalugumalai Murugan Temple is all here to provide you with that. As the temple is only popular amongst locals and a few offbeat travellers, you can explore and savour its beauty to the fullest without any disturbance from the tourist crowd.
The presence of lush green vegetation adds to the existing charm of the temple. Therefore, you can easily feel the essence of tranquillity within its boundaries. Ain't you looking for such an amazing destination? If yes, then Kalugumalai Murugan Temple is your stoppage this weekend.