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Devasena Chandrashekar

Devasena Chandrashekar4.3/5

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A serene temple town

Swamimalai is about 6 km from Kumbakonam. This entire area is very famous for its Navagraha temples. There is one temple dedicated to each of the 9 planets. And you can either have Kumbakonam or Swamimalai as your base and visit all these places in a 2-3 days time frame.

The best part about Swamimalai is the Murugan temple there. Set on a small hill with about 100 steps, this is a very famous temple of Lord Muruga. The deity is beautiful and the temple itself is a lovely old temple.

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Nanda kumar

Nanda kumar1.8/5

2 reviews

Holiday in the hinterland

Lots of temples to see in and around Kumbakonam! Can be a good place to visit for the religiously inclined. The Navagraha Temple Circuit (visiting all the temples for the 9 planets) is very popular. Don't miss the Kumbakonam Degree Filter Coffee! Be prepared to eat authentic Tamil Nadu food!

Swamimalai Overview

Swamimalai, a popular pilgrim destination, is a panchayat town situated near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Swamimalai is one among the six ‘Padai Veedugal’ or ‘Six Holy Abodes’ (Battle Camps) of Lord Murugan, also known as Lord Karthikeya or Subrahmanya.

Situated on the northern banks of the River Cauvery, the village of Swamimalai is surrounded by popular destinations like Kumbakonam, Tiruvidaimarutur, Mayiladuthurai, Papanasam, Thanjavur and others.

Swamimalai lies in the deltaic region of River Cauvery and is primarily an agricultural town and its main produce is rice and sugar cane. ‘Tiruverakam’ is the original name of the place though it is known popularly as ‘Swamimalai’, which means ‘God’s mountain’. The name ‘Swamimalai’ is derived from the Swaminathaswamy Temple, which is located on a hill, near the banks of River Cauvery.

The shrine of Swamimalai is the fourth among the six Padai Veedugal of Lord Murugan. The six Padai Veedugal of Lord Murugan are Tirupparamkundram, Tiruchendur, Tiruvavinankudi (Palani), Swami Malai, Kundruthoradal (Tiruttani and several other hills) and Palamutircholai. Legend has it, Lord Murugan stayed here during his battle against the demon Soorapadman. Lord Murugan preached the Pranava mantra ‘Om’ to his father Shiva, who was deprived of his knowledge due to a curse from saint Bhrugu, at the same place. Hence, Tiruverakam came to be known as ‘Swamimalai’ and the deity as Swaminatha or Thagapan Swami, indicating that the son (Lord Murugan) is superior to his father (Lord Shiva) in wisdom.

The Swaminathaswamy Temple of Swamimalai is very ancient and this is evident from the fact that it has been praised in ‘Tirumurugaatruppadai’ of the Tamil Sangam period and in Tiruppugazh hymns by Arunagirinathar. Though the shrine has an ancient origin, most parts of the temple were renovated in the 20th century.

The Temple of Swaminathaswamy is built at an elevation on an artificial hill and it can be reached through a flight of 60 steps, as it is based on the age-old Hindu belief of being in tandem with the average life span of humans, which is 60 years.

The vicinity of Swamimalai to the temple town of Kumbakonam draws hordes of pilgrims to this place. Swamimalai has many renowned festivals that attract tourists, which include the Pankuni Uttiram Festival in March, Temple Car Festival in April, Visakam Festival in May and Skanda Shashti Festival held in October, among others.

Swamimalai does not have many options when it comes to shopping. However, the town does have silk sarees and bronze idols, which are a must-buy for tourists. Food served is tradition South Indian fare.

Swamimalai is easily accessible from all the major cities in South India as it is located at a distance of about 8 km from Kumbakonam and 35 km from Thanjavur, on the Kumbakonam – Tanjore (Thanjavur) highway. Trichy, around 95 km from Swamimalai, is the nearest airport. The town does not have a railway station and the nearest station is Kumbakonam, 8 km away.

Swamimalai enjoys a moderate climate and the best time to visit the temple town is between October and March. Tourists can also visit from Swamimalai June to September, when the town receives rainfall.


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Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

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Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai
Papanasam, Swamimalai

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Papanasam, Swamimalai
Papanasam, Swamimalai

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Papanasam, Swamimalai
Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

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Swaminathaswamy Temple, Swamimalai

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