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History and Significance of Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Seelanayakanpatti, Oothumalai 

Tamil language, Sage Agasthya and Lord Muruga are inseparable according to both history and the scriptures. When Agasthya came to Pothigai, he created the river Tambaraparani. He stayed in a Muruga temple in the place close to a waterfall. In course of time, this temple came to be known as Agasthya Temple. According to researchers, Agasthya wrote the Tamil Grammar Agathiyam from this temple. It is believed that Sage Agasthya, during his journey in Tamilnadu could have visited this temple (Seelanaickenpatti-Oothumalai) where Lord Muruga graces in the child form. The presiding deity Balasubramaniar graces in the temple with His Peacock vehicle in a standing form. Lord Vinayaka is on His left while Lord Shiva with Nandhi – Bull vehicle is on the right. The caves in the area indicate the presence of Jains here in those days. There is also evidence that Sage Agasthya worshipped Lord Muruga here. Srichakra Devi with Yantras having 43 triangles (the diagrammatic representation of the Alogical Siva-Shakti) related to Shakti worship is installed in the temple. There is a hermitage also with a Rishipatni (wife of a sage) near the temple. On the other side, Sage Agasthya is sitting on a tiger skin under a tree. Kabila Rishi cave also is here whose form in depicted in a sculpture. The carving has a cow, a tree and a trident. According to the history of the place (sthalapurana), Seven Rishis (Saptharishis) had their bath very early in the morning in a spring here, particularly at the time of the dawn of the New Moon day during the Shivarathri days and performed pujas to Lord Sadhasiva. That Shiva Siddha, Kanjamalai Siddha, Karadi Siddha, Palni Bogar lived here is mentioned in Kongumandala Sathagam and Papanasa Purana palm leaves. Rishi Suga as a parrot and Rishi Kanva performed penance here. Vilwa is the holy tree in the temple. People pray to Lord Balasubramaniar, Devi Bala Tripurasundari and Chakradevi for relief from evil aspects and a bright life.

History of Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Seelanayakanpatti, Oothumalai

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