City Location: Ramanathapuram
Many years ago, there was a bodhi tree in the place where the temple now exists. A vel (Lord Muruga’s weapon) was planted under the tree and pujas were performed. As this was very near a court, devotees passing through the Vel were praying for a verdict in their favour. Those who could not go for legal remedies and those innocents implicated in criminal cases worshipped Lord Muruga in the form of His Vel for remedies and got relieved from the hardships they were in. That means they got a life and way. Hence, Muruga in this temple came to be known to the devotees as Vazhividum Murugan – Muruga showing the way. He graces His devotees as their constant companion throughout their life, people believe.
Lord Muruga and Lord Vinayaka jointly grace the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum. This is a very rare form that two deities are together in the sanctum sanctorum. The other significance in the temple is that Chayadevi, Mother of Saturn planet also graces the devotees in the form of a tree also called Chaya tree.
Panguni Uthiram (March-April), Thai Poosam (January-February) and Tirukarthikai (November-December) are the festivals observed in the temple.
Prayers and Poojas:
Brothers fighting for partition of properties and going for legal steps pray here for a solution. The prayer leads to peaceful compromise between them. Lord Muruga shows the way – Vazhividum Murugan.
Devotees offer abishek and clothings (Vastras) to Lord Muruga.
Temple Opening Time:
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Temple Travel Guide:
Place: Ramanathapuam is 140 Km from Madurai. The temple is just near the bus stand.
Sri Vazhividum Murugan Temple, Ramanathapuram, Ramanathapuram district.
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