|From time immemorial devotees undertook Azhagukuthuthal
(a pointed wire or small hooks pierced into one's tongue, lip or inserted
on the skin of one's back), Thee Mithithal (Fire walking), Carrying
Agni chatti (a clay pot with burning charcoal in it), head shaving
(tonsure) as acts of discharging a vow. Every year in the Tamil month
of Puratasi people risk their lives and go round the Permal temple
and fulfill their prayers.
Thalaimalai is located near Neeliyampatti Village in Anjalam Panchayat,
T.Pett in Musiri Taluk, Trichy District. It is in the border of
Trichy district and beginning of Namakkal district. You can see
up to the chest of Lord Permal lying in supine. Atop of the hill
the temple of Lord Nellendra Perumal is situated. This hill is also
known as Siragiri – siram means head and giri means hill – i.e.
In Ramayana – the chapter on Yuddha Kanda, Indrajit, son of Ravana
and the chief of army of demons showered deadly weapons (the Brahmastra.)
to kill his enemies - Rama, Lakhmana and vanaras and they were unconscious.
Jambavan sent Hanuman to fetch the Sanjivi, a powerful life-restoring
herb to revive the unconscious. Unable to find the specific herb
before nightfall, Hanuman brought the entire mountain Dronagiri
which was full of medicinal plants, to the battle field, thus helping
find the herb and even with the approach of the Sanjivi hill, (fragrance
of the herbs) Rama and Lakshmana and the Vanaras felt the darts
slip off their bodies. Their wounds healed. Jambavan told Hanuman
to replace the Sanjivi Hill but Hanuman was tired to go back to
the spot and he tied the hill in his tail and threw it with full
vigour. The top portion of the hill fell and that place came to
be known as Thalaimalai.
This hill is filled with lots of herbal plants and rare trees.
In the Nallendra Perumal Sannidhi around 4,500 ft depth from temple
top, devotees walk around on a 3 inches path and go about 60 ft
lengthy road to the temple front. People strongly believe that going
round this rock temple would give them successful marriage, wealth,
child birth etc. There is a water spring created by Lord Rama in
order to quench the thirst of Seeta Devi. One can find shrines of
Lord Nallendra Perumal, Venkatachalapathy, Alamelu Mangai Thayaar,
Goddess Mahalaxmi, Sri Devi, Boo Devi, Lord Anjaneya, Garudazhvar,
Karupanna Swami. If one takes a holy dip in the Kannimar Sunai and
pray to Lord Nallendra Perumal, they would be void of the bad effects
of Lord Saneeswar. This temple though build during the reign of
Nayagas, it stands testimony to time.
One has to pass through thorny path to have dharsan of Perumal.
There is no doubt, that if basic amenities such as proper road,
electricity, medical aid and police security for devotees are provided,
the Thalaimalai temple would be considered as Boologa Vaigundam.
Some devotees have dharsan of Perumal on every Saturday. At hill
foot, shrines of Sri Lakshmi Narayana, Boomi Neeladevi and Anjaneya
are situated. The temple hierarchical treasurers – Nandha Gopan,
Sadagopan and Renganayaki are taking care of the temple. On Saturdays
of Tamil month Puratasi, people visit this temple in large number.