Moolavar : Subramaniaswami
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : Valli
Thala Virutcham : Vengai
Theertham : Saravana Poigai
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : Chinna Valli Malai
City : Valli Malai
District : Vellore
State : Tamil Nadu
The Lord of the temple is praised in the Tirupugazh hymns of saint Arunagirinathar.
Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Aadi float festival in July-August, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Thaipoosam in January-February are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
This is the place where Valli performed penance on Lord Vishnu to have the hands of Lord Muruga, hence the Sadari blessing with Lord Vishnu Pada (feet) is offered to devotees in the temple.
The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Sri Subramaniaswami Temple, Vallimalai-632 520, Vellore district.
Vinayaka of the temple is revered as Lord Varasiddhi Vinayaka.
People pray seeking wedding boons.
Devotees perform abishek, offer vastras to Lord Muruga and offer honey and Thinai corn flour as nivedhana.
Greatness Of Temple:
Lord Muruga graces the devotees from the hill cave temple with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. As Valli belongs to Vedar-hunter community, honey and Thinai corn flour nivedhana is offered during the Arthajama puja. As this happens to the place where Mother Valli lived, the place is named after Her as Vallimalai. There is a temple for Kumari Valli both at the foot hill and also in the uphill. She is holding a rope arrow-Undivil- and a stone-Kavan to drive the birds. When Muruga was conversing with Valli, as Nambirajan, father of Valli came there unexpectedly, He changed Himself as a Vengai tree which is now the sacred tree of the temple.
Generally float festival is celebrated in temple for a day only. Here the festival is celebrated for four days going around the hill path. Women of the place, belonging to Valli’s community offer rice, jaggery, cereals, coconut, fruits and vastras as gift to Valli. Valli Kalyanam-Valli wedding is celebrated on the fourth day of the festival – Masi (February-March) poornima – full moon day.
Lord Muruga-Deivanai wedding festival is celebrated the next day of Skanda Sashti in October-November followed by four day float festival. Lord Muruga visits the Saravana poigai that day. While generally Lord graces from under a Vimana – tower above the sanctum sanctorum-here the Gopuram is above the sanctum. Lord Vinayaka is in front of the flag post-Kodi Maram. Nambirajan-father of Valli and the nine warriors (Nava Veeras) of Muruga are in the front mandap.
The place from where Valli drove the birds to save the crops, the spring where she bathed, the mandap where she ground the turmeric for bathing and the place where Muruga appeared to have water for His thirst (Kumari theertham) are a little far away in a jungle like place. Lord Vinayaka who threatened Valli graces here in the form of a hill, called Elephant Hill. As these are interior places in a jungle, those who wish to see them should go with necessary protection. Lord Arumugha (Muruga with six faces) graces from a shrine in the foot hill. Tiruthani is 50 km far from this place.
Lord Vishnu as a sage came to earth to perform penance. Mahalakshmi came before Him in the form a deer. When Lord looked at Her, she (the deer) delivered a female child there surrounded by Valli plants. Nambirajan, the head of the hunter community saw the child, took her and named Valli as She was found around the Valli plants. When Valli grew, she took charge the Thinai fields to protect the crop from the birds. Muruga desired to have Valli in marriage. Their wedding was celebrated by Nambirajan at Tiruthani as per rules. Responding to the prayer of Nambirajan, Lord Muruga stayed (stays) in the hills to bless His devotees.