Maruthamalai Murugan Temple

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Maruthamalai Murugan Temple


The Maruthamalai Temple, located on a hiltop, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst lush green surroundings the Maruthamalai Temple is about 15 kms west from the city of Coimbatore.

References to this ancient Temple are found in the inscriptions of the Thirumuruganpoondi temple that is believed to be 1200 years old. The temple is very popular amongst the religious travellers and so is the Pambatti Siddhar Cave, which is located on the slopes towards the south-east of this temple.

According to a legend a snake charmer prayed to God Shiva sitting under a tree on the hill for helping him quench his thirst and tiredness. Lord Shiva was impressed by his dedication and soon the charmer noticed water springing from beneath the tree. Later this snake charmer became a siddha (saint).

As the custom goes the saints of Tamil Nadu, in the interest of mankind, used to research, write and inform people extensively about the medicinal values and applications of plants to cure diseases. This snake charmer turned saint did the same. He also used the Pambatti Siddhar Cave as his abode for meditation and with Lord Muruga/Shiva’s grace he attained salvation. The main attraction of this cave is the image of a snake on a rock, which is believed to be formed on its own accord.

Best time to visit

You can visit the Temple anytime of the year.


The two springs Marudha Thirtam and Pambatti Sunai believed to be a blessing to this saint from Lord Shiva can be visited on these hills adjacent to the temple and cave. It is believed that a dip in these springs cures a number of diseases because of their medicinal properties.


The Temple is open from 6:00 am till 1:00 pm and then from 2:00 pm till 8:30 pm.

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