Swamimalai Temple | History, Timings and Address

Swamimalai Temple:

The Swamimalai temple is located in the Thanjavur district. Generally, all the Murugan temples will be located on the top of a hill. There are 60 steps to reach the temple. These 60 steps represent the 60 Tamil years. The priests in the temple conduct Padi Puja on Tamil and English new year days.

The 60 steps in the Swaminathaswami temple are equal to the 18 steps in the Sabarimala temple. The devotees believe that Lord Murugan will give solutions to all the problems.

So, they visit the temple to get a solution to their problems. Here, on this page, we are providing the details.

Swamimalai Temple timings

History of Swamimalai Temple:

According to history, the creator of the universe, Brahma, passed by the side of Lord Murugan when they met on occasion. But the Lord Brahma did not give respect to the young Lord Murugan.

So, Lord Murugan intercepted Brahma and asked him the meaning of the Pranava mantra “Ohm.” Lord Brahma could not answer the question.

So, Lord Murugan put Brahma in jail as he could not answer the question. Lord Murugan started acting as Brahma. Hence, Vishnu appealed to Lord Shiva to release Brahma. So, Lord Murugan released Brahma.

After that, Lord Shiva asked the son to tell the answer to that question. Lord Murugan tells the answer o his father in the ear. This incident occurred in this place.

Significance of the Temple:

The Swamimalai is the fourth army camp of Lord Murugan. This Swamimalai is the place where Lord Murugan taught his father.

The Vel weapon in Lord Murugan’s hand represents three divine powers – Itcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti, and Kriya Shakti.

Lord Brahma, Bhoodevi, and Indira worshipped the young Lord Murugan in this Swamimalai temple as Lord Murugan is his father’s guru. People call him Gurumalai, Gurugiri.

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Swamimalai Temple Timings:

The timings of the Murugan temple are as follows.

Temple opening and closing timings:

Morning: 5:00 am to 11:00 am

Evening: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Temple Pooja Timings:

The following are the timings of the Swamimalai Murugan Temple Timings.

5:00 amTemple Opening Hours
6:00 am to 6:30 amUsha Kalam Pooja
6:30 am to 9:00 amDarshan
9:00 am to 9:30 amKalasandhi Pooja
9:30 am to 12:00 pmDarshan
12:00 pm to 12:30 pmUchikala Pooja
12:30 pm to 4:00 pmTemple closing hours
4:00 pm to 5:30 pmDarshan
5:30 pm to 6:00 pmSayaratchai
6:00 pm to 8:00 pmDarshan
8:00 pm to 8:30 pmRendam Kalam Pooja
8:30 pm to 10:00 pmDarshan
10:00 pmArthajama Pooja.
Closing Hours

Major festivals in Swamimalai Temple:

The following are the major festivals celebrated in the Swaminatha Swamy temple.

  • Kirutikai festival
  • Thaipusam festival in January
  • Pankuni Uttiram festival in March
  • Temple Car festival in April
  • Visakam festival in May
  • Navaratri festival in May
  • Kanda Shashti festival in October
  • Thiru Karthikai festival in Nov/December

How to reach Swamimalai Temple?

By Air:

The nearest airport is Trichy, about 82 km away from the temple.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Kumbakonam, about 9 km away.

By Road:

The temple is well connected to the nearest cities by road.

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Contact details:

Address: Arulmigu Swaminatha Swamy Temple, Thirumanjanaveethi, Swamimalai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur – 612302.

Swamimalai Temple contact number: 04352454421

Email Id: muruganswamymalai18002@gmail.com


1. How many steps are there in the Swamimalai Temple?

There are sixty steps in the Swaminatha Swamy temple.

For the official website of the Swamimalai temple, click here.

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