........ MURUGA WORSHIP IN VALLIMALAI
Valli Malai is situated in North Arcot district near the town Walaja. There is a Murugan temple for Lord Muruga
along with Valli and Devayanai.
Behind the temple there is a kulam Saravana Poikai. Near the kulam there is a Valli temple also. On the top of
the hillock there is another temple for Lord Muruga. One has to climb 444 steps to reach this temple that is
carved in a single rock. On the steps there are a number of resting mandapams. Out of the many canopies one
of them is still not renovated. When they tried to renovate it, Mr. Arunachalam, Mr. Apathurai and Kripananda Variar tried to remove the stone. When they had smoke incense smell coming from the chamber below the
stone they had the vision of siddhas and rishis seated in yoga posture. All the three had a shock and became
unconscious. From that time the stones were closed and this particular canopy has been left as it is without
renovation. There are a number of stories about this.
Valli Malai Shakti Peetam (Iccha Shakti)
Here Valli Devi has importance from very ancient time many siddhas lived on this hill. In fact one may call it a
Siddha Bhumi. On top of Valli Malai near the ashram there is a place where Valli made a paste of turmeric for
taking bath. Nearby is the place where Murugan took the form of a tree. Valli Malai Swamigal removed what
remained of the tree and made it into a water pool.
Pongi alias Valli
One day while Vallimalai Satchidananda Swami was walking on the hill he met Valli in the form of a little girl
who sang Virakara Nokkiyam. Swamigal felt very happy and was astonished. He asked the girl who she was.
She said, "It does not matter who I am, but did you not feel very happy in your mind upon hearing my music?"
From that time Valli Malai Swami started singing with raga and tala. He gave the name Pongi to Valli. He
consecrated her on a rock called Pongi Parai.
There is a natural rock formation like an elephant and Lord Ganesa has helped in the Valli Tirumanam. Lord
Ganesa is in the form of a natural rock formation the Ganesa Giri and protects all the bhaktas.
Near the Valli Malai rock temple the asramam is
situated. Swami Satchidananda accepted Tiruppukazh
as the Veda Mantra and taught all with music. In 1950
he attained samadhi. This samadhi is made of a single
rock. Presently this asramam is administered by Sri Balananda Swami.
On the top of the hillock there is a siva lingam called
Tirumal Gireeswara. Here Vaisnavism and Saivism
commingle. After the puja the priest blesses the
devotees with Sadari proving that this is a Vaisnava