From Chennai, a short drive, is the beautiful temple of Lord Murugan. From Vaksana Farm, Stay the Mailam Murugan Temple is 23 minutes away. Our guests have told us that the accommodation next to the temple could be better. They prefer to stay at the farm when they bring their family.
The temple, perched atop a small hill, is linked to the village of Bomayapalaiyam on the Coromandel coast, which is close to Pondicherry and home to a Veera Saiva mutt.
Pommayapuram Madadhipathi constructed the hilltop shrine on a grand scale, which is admirable in maintaining it. The Mutt, which was built at the base of the hill, takes excellent care of the temple’s management while also offering conveniences to the general public that comes to visit. We have two options for ascending the slope to the temple at the top: on foot 750 metres or in a car. A 1000-year-old shrine tank is present.
The iconography of the Mailam temple bears witness to this dichotomy in several ways. Two processional chariots owned by the monastery were used during the Brahmotsavam in Panguni. They are adorned with sculpted panels showing various manifestations of Siva, including Biksatana, Gajasamharamurti, Kalantaka, etc., as well as Sarasvati Kama, Krishna, and other pantheon deities. The other historical pieces come in two different varieties. First, there are panels involving Murugan and the dog, and then there are panels that only deal with the Mutt.
Many of our guests enquire about the history and importance of the temple. The story of this kshetra starts with the brutal overthrow of Surapadma and his tearful pleading with the Lord to take him as his mount. The Sthalapurana claims that Surapadma was ultimately defeated despite his valiant efforts to battle Murugan while using the asura Mayopaya. As he was about to be killed, he begged the Lord to use him as his vessel so that he could serve him faithfully. Thirty miles separate Mailam or Mayilam from Pondicherry and Tindivanam, respectively. The temple, perched atop a small hill, is linked to the village of Bomayapalaiyam on the Coromandel coast, which is close to Pondicherry and home to a Veera Saiva mutt.
Sankhakanna’s fights against Siva and then Murugan are depicted in two panels. The representation only deviates from the plot in the first sequence that features Siva. Sankhakanna, holding the guardian’s club in his hand, reaches up to “save” the consort while Siva, sporting a beard and wearing a turban, drags her by her hair. Only Murugan grabs the guardian, who joins the issue in the second scene, which is more oblique and in which the wives of Murugan do not show. His arm is raised in a combative gesture.
We recommend this visit close to our farm is a must-go-to.
You can book your stay and visit all the attractions that are close by.
Temple Timings 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM