Significance: This ancient
Murugan temple is located at Valliyur, near Nanguneri,
near Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. It has been
revered by the Tiruppukazh hymns of Arunagirinathar.
The presiding deity here is Subramaniyar,
and the sanctum enshrines an image of Murugan with that of his consort Valli.
The temple has a rock cut sanctum - carved out of a hill and several mandapams surrounding
There are also shrines to Natarajar and
Dakshinamurthy here. The Saravanapoikai tank is located adjacent to the
hill. The diamond studded Vel held by Subramaniyar is of great beauty.
Legend has it that Indra and Agasthyar worshipped Subramanyar here.
Legend also has it that the Saravanapoikai tank was created when Murugan
struck his spear to the ground, upon being requested by his consort.
History: Legend has it that this temple was first discovered by a Pandya
King who came here on a hunting expedition after visiting the Perumal temple at Tirukkurunkudi and that the temple was expanded by his
descendents. Valliyur was under the governance of Kulasekhara
Pandyan of 13th century, who fortified the village.
Festivals: Giri pradakshinam is considered to be of importance here as in
and Palani. Seven worship services are carried
out each day. Skanda Sashti is celebrated with great splendour here as
are the float festival in the month of Kartikai and the annual festival
in the month of Chittirai.