The History of Pilgrim Sthala
Seat of the Temple :

The ancient and famous Arulmighu Thaana Valarntha (Suyambu) Perumal Temple - astonishingly on a single rock is situated a top of Thalaimalai Hill, which is on the north of River Cauvery, south of Kolli Hills, west of Kolakudi – Pavithram Main Road and east of Tiruchy – Namakkal Main Road. It is a renowned vaishnava temple.

Main Deity :

Thaana Valarntha Thalaimalai Arulmighu Nallendra Perumal is also known as Arungal Nallaian is the main deity.

History of the origin of the Thriukoil :

On the western side of Thalaimalai, farm houses of Nayakkas are situated. The Nayakkas lived a luxurious life. The shepherd used to take the cows out for grazing. One cow went astray to the top of the hill. The shepherd went on searching for the cow and he could not find. He informed the Nayakkar.

But Nayakkar was adamant and he wanted the cow to be traced. The herd went to the top of the hill and found a boy sucking mill from the cow. As the herd was explaining this to the Nayakkar, he fainted and the Nayakkar became worried. That night Lord Perumal appeared before the nayakkar while he was asleep and told him to build a temple atop and worship by doing regular pooja. From this period, the hereditary nayakkas were the treasurers of the temple.

At present, the offsprings of Thiru Venkatarama Naidu are the treasurers of the temple.

The specialty of the Hill :

The hilly region of the temple is surprising and has a scenic look. It seems to be as if a man lying in supine. Centuries back, this hill was known as Siragiri – meaning of Sira (head) and giri (hill). Hence the name Thalaimalai.

When Yama – the hindu God of Death was suffering because of Sani Deva’s transition, Yama prayed to Indira Deva who advised him to have a holy dip daily in the Kannimar mountain spring (Suani) and offer prayers to Lord Nallendra Perumal, he would be relieved of bad karmas. Yama did so and was freed from the ill effects of Sani’s transit. Special poojas would be offered during the Tamil month of Thai.

During Puratasi (Tamil month) celebrations, once in three years poojas for Edi (Thunder) Bhagavan would be performed. During the pooja, one can see cracks on the wall of the building and in few minutes, with God’s grace the cracks would be set right. Even today, this occurrence is considered to be a wonder.

Ramar Sunai (spring) :

In Ramayana, one of the two great epics of Hindu mythology, Lord Rama on his way back to Ayodhya with Sita after rescuing her from Ravana in Lankan lands, he had to stay at this Sthala, a spring by name Ramar Sunai was made and there is water flow always. When a person goes near this spring, he can breathe the pleasant smell of turmeric.

Historical narration from the Epic :

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.

Power and glory of the herb :

One can find Sanjivi herb widely spread in this hill and the pilgrims who visit this temple would be guarded against the sting of venomous insects and snakes. There is no threatening to their lives.

 
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