Description: This ancient temple to
Murugan known as Kumaran Koyil is located at Padmanabhapuram,
home to the palace of the erstwhile Travancore
Maharaja, on the slopes of the Veli hills. It is located in a commanding
position, visible for miles around.
Legend has it that Murugan married Valli here and hence the name Velimalai,
Manamalai or Kalyanamala.
Deities: The main deities worshipped here are Subramanyar
and Valli. A majestic 10 feet high image of Subramanyar of great workmanship adorns the
sanctum. The festival image of murugan here is Manavaalakumaran and this
image is taken in procession everyyear during Navaratiri to Tiruvanandapuram,
along with Saraswathi and Bhagavathi from the
padmanabapuram palace. Manavaalakumaran is also taken in procession to
take part in the annual festival of the Suchindram temple.
Festivals: Kerala Tantram is a protocol of worship
offered in this temple along the lines of most other temples in Kanyakumari district.
Fridays, especially the last fridays of every tamil month are considered to be very sacred
here. The Kanji which is distributed here on fridays as prasadam is believed to have
miraculous healing properties.
Murugans and Vallis marriage is
celebrated with great splendor in the month of panguni. This Thirukkalyanam
is an enactment of the divine wedding and is attended by thousands of pilgrims from
allover the state.
The 7 day festivities begin in the star of Anuradha
in the month of Panguni. Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated for 10 days and as
in other Murugan temples Skandasashti is celebrated for 6 days.
Pushpabishekam is celebrated on the
last friday in the month of aavani when the image of Kumaran is completely covered with
hundreds of baskets of flowers contributed by the congregating pilgrims.