Parvathamalai in Tamil Nadu | Sacred Place where Siddhars meditated

Parvathamalai is the holy mountain, and it is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is located in Tamil Nadu, and it is also called as Tenkailayam, Parvathagiri, and Mallikarjunamalai. There is a famous temple for Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati, in the top of Parvathamalai, and they are dwelling in these temples in the names of Lord Mallikarjunar and Ma Brahmarambikai. As per temple inscriptions, this sacred temple was built by a pious king Nannan during the 3rd Century AD.

For reaching the main temple, we have to walk for several kilometres in the hill, and on the way to the mountain,we can visit shrines of Ma Pachaiyamman, Sapta Rishis and Lord Veerabadra. In this temple, a separate shrine for Lord Muruganis also there, and he can be found along with Ma Valli and Ma Devasena. Daily lot of devotees are visiting this holy shrine, and especially during ShivaRathri, NavaRathri festivals, and on full moon days. Devotees used to enjoy the natural scenery in the mountain temple, and the height of the mountain is about 4500 feet.

Devotees are advised to start the mountain trek either in the morning or in the evening, and they must compulsorily bring food and water with them, since only one or two small tea shops are available nearby the temple. We can see lot of dogs on the mountain path, and they would act as a travel guide for us, and would make us to safely enter into the temple. These dogs are considered as Siddhars who used to meditate on the temple hill.

But climbing in the Parvathamalai Mountain is very difficult, and generally devotees would climb in the mountain hill with the help of iron sticks. They used to chant the “OM NAMAH SHIVAYA MANTRA”, in order to safely travel in the mountain path. Apart from getting the divine vision of the deities, we can also enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain, and can also record our travel adventures in the form of video, and can show it to our friends and neighbours.

“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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