Kumaragiri Dhandayuthapani Temple also known as Kumaragiri Murugan Temple is a famous temple located on Kumaragiri hill in Ammapet, Salem, Tamil Nadu State. The Place, Kumaragiri is named after Kumaran, the other name of Muruga. He appears with the Dandam (staff) on hand facing North, the direction belonging to Kubera the God of Wealth.
Trisadha Archana is performed in the temple for those injured in accidents and under emergency conditions. This Archana is made with Arichi flowers mixed with rose water and sandalwood for quick recovery. In addition, people pray to the Lord before they go on a trip to avoid any accidents. Most of the devotees own vehicles here visit Kumaragiri Dhandayuthapani Temple.
People pray to north-facing Dandayuthapani who belongs to Kubera the lord of wealth for prosperity and perform Padi pujas on the steps leading to the temple shrine from the hill for longevity. Devotees pray and offer mango as Nivedhana for getting wedding and child boons. Devotees who visit this temple in seek of Protection, Wisdom, Energy, Forgiveness for past deeds, Neutralize the malefic effects of Mars and Good Health.
Sri Dhandayuthapani Temple Timings:
Morning: 6.00 am to 11.00 am
Evening: 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Dhandayuthapani Temple History:
Protesting against Lord Shiva’s decision on the Mango issue to favor Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga left his parents and settled in Palani. On the way to Palani, He relaxed here with his Vahan peacock. Later, a devotee addressing Palani also relaxed here when a voice said “I am here as Dandayuthapani”. The devotee did not understand the voice and addressed Palani. Lord Shanmuga came to see him as a devotee, gave this devotee a begging bowl and asked him to build a temple there. With the money collected by the bowl, he built this temple here.
As Lord Muruga was angry with the mango problem, this fruit is offered here as Nivedhana to the Lord. It is also believed that Muruga’s grace made Salem famous for producing mangoes. Devotees praise the Lord as Mambazha Murugan. Mango-Mambazham in Tamil.
Selam Murugan Temple Address:
Tamil Nadu – 636015.