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History and Significance of Sri Swaminathaswami Temple, Swamimalai 

Swamimalai is the 4th Padiaveedu (army camp) of Lord Muruga. This is where He taught His Father Himself-Lord Shiva. Six feet tall Lord Muruga graces with His tuft, sacred thread on the chest and a staff in the right hand and the left on the lap. It is His Vel weapon that created the Nethra theertha in the temple. He graces in meditation style as a Guru. He graces with the Vajra Vel representing three divine powers – Itcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti and Kriya Shakti. Mother Earth worshipped Lord Muruga for relief from a curse of Mother Parvathi and even after realizing Her boon, She is staying here in the form of a gooseberry tree. Swamimalai temple is praised in the hymns of Arunagiriar’s Tirupugazh and in Tirumugattrupadai by poet Nakkeerar considered as the invocation song in Sangam Tamil literature edition. Brahmma, Bhoomadevi, Indira worshipped the Lord in this temple. As the Lord was a Guru to His own Father Lord Shiva, the place is revered as Gurumalai, Gurugiri.

History of Sri Swaminathaswami Temple, Swamimalai

It is a popular story that Brahamma the Creator bypassed Lord Muruga when both met on an occasion without offering the respect to the Young Lord which He deserved. Muruga intercepted Brahmma and demanded the meaning of the Pranava Mantra Ohm. The Creator could not answer. Muruga pounced on Brahmmas four heads and put him in prison as he was not qualified for the creation job. He began creation Himself. Vishnu appealed to Lord Shiva for the release of Brahmma. Muruga obeyed His father’s order. When Lord Shiva asked the Son to explain the meaning of Ohm, the Young Son explained the meaning in detail, but secretly close to Father’s ears as this is such a holy mantra which the righteous and wise alone should know. The event took place in this sacred soil.

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