Significance: The 200 feet
high Vellimalai hill is located in the southern tip of the Indian
subcontinent 7 miles west of Nagarkoil. South of this hill is the ocean
and north of the hill are the western ghats. In this scenic area is located the ancient Balasubramanya
swami temple on top of the Velli malai hill.
The Temple: The presiding deity here is
Balasubramanyar enshrined as a monolithic image facing east in the sanctum of the
Vellimalai temple which is accessed through a flight of steps.
The temple is a small one, the image of Balasubramanyar is
said to face the Shiva temple (Sthaanumaalayan) at Suchindram . On top of the hill are the
Nandippadam and the Murugappadam believed tobe imprints of the feet of Nandi and Murugan
Local belief has it that barren women go on to deliver
healthy children upon worshipping at this temple.
Kerala Tantram is the protocol of worship
offered here as with most other temples in Kanyakumari district. As with Velimalai the last friday in every tamil month is considered
to be auspicious and Kanji is offered as prasadam here.
As with all Murugan temples Skandasashti is celebrated in great splendor