City Location: Chengam, Vilvarani
Years ago, there was a priest here performing pujas in many temples in this region. He was using a horse to maintain his schedules and used to go to Tiruthani Muruga Temple for worship on Kruthika star days each month along with an assistant priest. On one such day, he could not go to Tiruthani due to some obstacle. Both were very sad. Lord Muruga appeared in their dream when they were asleep at night and told them that He was in the Nakshatra Hill in the form of a Naga (snake) and directed them to erect a temple and conduct pujas on Kruthika Star days.
Both searched for the Swayambu idol in the particular hill and found a Linga guarded by a snake. On seeing the two, the Naga became a statue as an umbrella over the Lord’s head. The two priests erected a small tent and began the worship. In course of time, Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai idol was made and installed. As the snake gave shade to Muruga as an umbrella, the idol was so designed in the same way. Lord Muruga graces in the temple in the form of a Swayambu Linga.
Lord Muruga graces in the temple in Swyambulinga form.
All monthly Kruthika days and the Kruthika in particular in the month of Aadi (July-August) are festival days in the temple. 10 day Panguni Uthiram (March-April) is very famous here when Lord Muruga comes down from the hills on the fifth day. The car festival takes place on the seventh day. A car is specially made for the festival at a cost of Rs. 16 lakhs.
Prayers and Poojas:
Those facing adverse effects from the aspects of Rahu (Dragon’s tail) and Kethu (Dragon’s head) worship Lord Muruga here for relief.
Devotees offer abishek and vastras (clothes) to the Lord.
Temple Opening Time:
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Temple Travel Guide:
Bolur is 35 km from Tiruvannamalai and 45 km from Vellore. Bus facility is available from both ends. From Bolur, Vilwarani can be reached by bus bound to Chengam. The temple is near the bus stop. There are 300 steps to reach the temple at the hill top.
Sri Subramaniar Temple, Chengam, Vilwarani, Tiruvannamalai district.
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