Viralimalai Murugan temple

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Sri Shanmuganathan Murugan Temple Viralimalai
StateTamil Nadu
SanctumShanmuganathar, Murugan
ArchitectureSouth Indian, Kovil

Viralimalai Murugan Temple is one of the famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga, located in the town of Viralimalai about 28 km from Trichy, 40 km from Pudukottai and 15 km from Manapparai in Tamil Nadu, India.

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Arunagirinathar was a 15th-century Tamil poet born in Tiruvannamalai. He spent his early years as a rioter and seducer of women. After ruining his health, he tried to commit suicide by throwing himself from the northern tower of Annamalaiyar Temple, but was saved by the grace of god Murugan.[1] He became a staunch devotee and composed Tamil hymns glorifying Murugan, the most notable being Thirupugazh.[2][3] Arunagirinathar visited various Murugan temples and on his way back to Tiruvannamalai, visited Viralimalai and sung praises about Murugan.[4]


  1. ^ V.K., Subramanian (2007). 101 Mystics of India. New Delhi: Abhinav Publications. p. 109. ISBN 81-7017-471-6.
  2. ^ Aiyar, P.V.Jagadisa (1982), South Indian Shrines: Illustrated, New Delhi: Asian Educational Services, pp. 191–203, ISBN 81-206-0151-3
  3. ^ Zvelebil, Kamil (1975), Tamil literature, Volume 2, Part 1, Netherlands: E.J. Brill, Leiden, p. 217, ISBN 90-04-04190-7
  4. ^ Zvelebil 1991, p. 53


  • Zvelebil, Kamil V. (1991). Tamil traditions on Subramanya - Murugan (1st ed.). Chennai, India: Institute of Asian Studies.

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