The Kollimalai hills in Salem
area near Rasipuram houses a hill temple to Murugan.
This is an ancient temple glorified by the Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar.
This temple is said to date back to the period of ancient tamil kings who ruled the
Subramanyar is enshrined as a hunter in the sanctum, and
there are shrines to Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu, Idumban and Vinayakar.
The temple is a result of several recent renovatory efforts.
On a regular basis, new moon days, Kartikai asterisms, and sashtis
attract vcrowds here. Other festivals of importance are Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam,
Panguni Utthiram, Chitra Pournami and Navaratri.
The Arappaleeswarar temple in Kollimalai hills near Salem is a very
ancient one and it dates back to the period of Appar, who has referred to
it in his Kshetra Kovai Tiruttandakam.
It is also referred to as Madhuvanam, or the forest of the monkey king Sugreevan.
This temple is also associated with Matsya Muni - believed to be a Siddha.
There are several beliefs associated with the numerious fish in the streams on the hill.
This temple is associated with the ancient tamil ruler Val Vil Ori, who
ruled this region. This temple is held in regard by the tribes of this region and by
several around. It is believed that the shrine has the power to bring back to life,
severed fish - taken out of the streams flowing on the hill.
A three day festival concluding with Pathinettaam Perukku in
the month of Aadi attracts several here. This temple is home to several fine bronzes. It
is also said to have had an exquisite chariot.