Maruthamalai Murugan Temple

The Maruthamalai Murugan Temple is a popular 12th-century hill temple situated in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan, also known as Kartikeya, the Hindu god of war. The temple is considered the Seventh House of Lord Murugan.

Image of Maruthamalai Murugan Temple, Coimbatore

The temple is situated upon a 600-foot (180-metre) tall granite hill, part of the Western Ghats, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west from the centre of the city of Coimbatore. The name Marudhamalai refers to the hill on which the temple stands and is derived from the native tree called marudham or marudha maram (Terminalia arjuna, also known as the Arjuna tree) which grows there, and malai, meaning hill or mountain in Tamil. This Murugan temple is special since it is on the east face on the hill, unlike other Murugan temples on the hills.

Here are some of the sightseeings you can enjoy at the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple:

  • The temple complex itself, which is a beautiful example of Tamil architecture.
  • The views from the top of the hill, which are stunning. You can see the entire city of Coimbatore spread out below you.
  • The many festivals that are celebrated at the temple throughout the year, especially Thai Poosam.
  • The chance to see the many monkeys that live on the hill.

Certainly! Here are other sightseeing places you can explore near the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple:

  • Pambatti Siddhar Cave: This cave is located on the way up to the temple. It is believed that the sage Pambatti Siddhar meditated here. There’s a small opening through which devotees can squeeze in for blessings.

    Image of Pambatti Siddhar Cave, Maruthamalai
  • Marudha Theertham and Snake Charmer’s Spring: These are natural water bodies located on the temple premises. Theertham means “holy water”, and Marudha Theertham is believed to have medicinal properties. Snake Charmer’s Spring is named after a story of a snake charmer who was cured of his snakebite by the spring’s water.

  • Adiyogi Shiva Statue: This massive bust sculpture of Shiva is located at the Isha Yoga Center, which is around 10 kilometers from the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple. It is the largest bust sculpture in the world.

    Image of Adiyogi Shiva Statue, Coimbatore

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  • Victoria Town Hall:

    This colonial-era building is now an art gallery and museum.

    Image of Victoria Town Hall, Coimbatore
  • Coimbatore Gass Forest: This is a great place to go for a nature walk and spot some wildlife.
    Image of Coimbatore Gass Forest
  • Siruvani Dam: This dam is located in the Western Ghats and is a popular spot for picnics and boating.
    Image of Siruvani Dam, Coimbatore
  • Peel Meadows: This is a wildlife sanctuary located on the outskirts of Coimbatore. It is home to a variety of birds, animals, and reptiles.
    Image of Peel Meadows, Coimbatore

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