Sri Swaminatha Balamurugan Temple – Thiruvallur

Sri Swaminatha Balamurugan Temple – Thiruvallur

Submitted on: 30 Jul 11

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Moolaver: Swaminatha Balamurugan

Urchavar: Balamurugan

City Location: Mettukuppam

Temple History:
Valli, daughter of Nambirajan the leader of the hunter community, was in charge of the Thinai field with Her friends.  Lord Muruga wanted to establish the philosophy that no one is high or low by virtue of their birth in a particular community.  Hunter community, according present classifications comes under the backward class.  Lord Muruga, being God cannot be noted under our man-made laws.  He wanted to establish equality among the people and hence decided to marry Valli.

The story further goes that as ordinary human beings, Valli was attached to Thinai fields representing earthly passions without higher thinking.  Lord wanted to emancipate the humans through Valli from the clutches of the sorrows of life.  Valli did not yield to Lord’s efforts in the beginning. The other side of the story shows Valli as an enlightened soul.  Lord Muruga approached Her as an old man first.  She said that men had no permission in a place belonging exclusively to women.

Next day, He went as a handsome youth.  Valli simply asked how he takes different forms each day.  Muruga was startled.  He asked Valli how she found the truth.  She simply said that the mole on the cheek identified him. Lord Muruga admired Her wisdom.  Their wedding took place with the help of Lord Vinayaka.  Lord Muruga appears here with the mole.  Mole in Tamil means Macham, hence, He is also called Machakaran.  This is a rare form of Lord Muruga.

Temple’s Speciality:
Lord Muruga has a mole on His cheek.

Festival:
Vaikasi Visakam in February-March, Aadi Kruthikai in July-August, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Sri Anjaneya Jayanthi, Thai Poosam in January-February, Panguni Uthiram and Sri Rama Navami in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prayers and Poojas:
People believe that prayer to Lord Muruga in this temple would grant them child boon.  Those pressed by debt burdens pray to Mother Vishnu Durga Lakshmi and Swarna Aakarshana Bhairava for relief.
Realizing their wishes, devotees perform special abishek to Lord Muruga.

Temple Opening Time:
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Travel Guide:
Vanakaram is 10 km far from Koyambedu on the Tiruverkadu route. The temple is 2 km on the left turn from here. Auto facility is available from Vanakaram.

Temple Address:
Sri Swaminatha Balamurugan Temple, Mettukuppam, Vanakaram, Tiruvallur district.
Phone No: +91- 94444 04201.

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