The Subramanyar Temple at Mayilam
is located near Tindivanam on the railroad between Chennai and
Villuppuram. This ancient temple built on a hillock has been revered by the Tiruppugazh
hymns of Arunagirinathar and is rich in legend and tradition.
Legend has it that the demon Soorapadman
destroyed by Skanda, assumed the forms of a peacock and a rooster and remained in the
service of Skanda. In the form of a peacock, he performed severe penances towards Skanda
here and hence this place took on the name Mayilam.
This temple dates back to the 12th century as evidenced from historic records, however the
current structure has been built over a period of time. The entrance to this temple with a
single prakaram is crowned with a beautiful rajagopuram. A mahamandapam
is located infront of the sanctum. Shrines to Vinayakar, Viswanathar and Visalakshi are
located adjacent to the main sanctum.
Festivals: As with all other skanda temples, the kartikai asterism
is considered special each month. The annual festival is celebrated in the tamil month of
Panguni. The gold and silver peacock mounts used during festivals is of great beauty here.