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Vallimalai is a village in Katpadi taluk of Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Vellore and near Ponnai. It is known for Subramanya temple, a Hindu temple for Murugan.[1]

Subramanya Temple

According to legend, Murugan married Valli here. Vallimalai is the place where Valli, the daughter of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi was born (ie. via the sweat drop from Lakshmi that fell on the grass at this place, and later on consumed by a Deer, thereafter Valli was born via the Deer). Raised up by the Chief of the tribe, Valli grew up to be a beautiful damsel. Narada muni recounted about Valli with Muruga, thereby Muruga went to woo the damsel Valli. After several vain attempts and finally with Ganesha's help, Valli and Muruga are united. They elope from Vallimalai and settle down at Thanigai (Thirutthani). Vallimalai is the dear place to Valli and thus Valli, Muruga and Devayanai live eternally at this place. There is the Thirupugazh Ashramam atop Vallimalai, where the tradition of Valli lives on. During Pallava dynasty regime, they built Subramanya temple, a rock cut temple dedicated to Murugan.[2] The temple is one of the monuments of national importance in Tamil Nadu.[3] The source of valli came to the vallimalai is lord vishnu. In the down of hill Sri Thenvenkatachalapathy temple is present there vishnu looks like saint. According to history when vishnu was in deep meditation lakshmi came like deer and she plays infront of him. At that time vishnu's meditation was dispersed and he saw that deer. Due to his holy glory a beautiful daughter was born both of them left their daughter for the sake of their devotee king. After that king found the child in Vaḷḷikiḻaṅku field so, she called as valli. In [4] the idol is Swayambumurthi now he is growing on..... also the special in that temple was for of devotees got child after praying in this temple. Western Ganga dynasty king Rajamallan-I carved caves for Jain monks who lived here to spread their religion in ancient Tamil country.[5]


  1. ^ "Sri Subramanyaswami temple". Dinamalar. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Vijaya Ramaswamy (22 May 2007). Historical Dictionary of the Tamils. Scarecrow Press. pp. 298–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6445-0. 
  3. ^ "List of Monuments — Tamil Nadu". Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Sri Then Venkatachalapathy temple
  5. ^ "Rock-cut beds discovered at village in Tiruvannamalai". The Hindu. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2014.