Sri Subramanya Swami Temple Vayalur
This Murugan Temple is located at a distance of about 9 km from Tiruchirappalli. Traditionally most temples to Murugan are hill temples this is a well visited Murugan temple located amidst fields. This temple has been revered by the hymns of Arunagirinathar and is rich in legend, history, tradition and festivals.
This Murugan temple is at Kumaravayalur dates back t the period of the Cholas, as testified by the inscription seen here. Vayalur is also known as Aadi Vayalur, Agneeswaram and Vanni Vayalur. Shiva is referred to as Agneeswarar (and as Tirukkatrali Perumaanadigl in inscriptions), and Parvati is referred to as Poorvasti Nayaki.
In a sense, Vayalur is considered to be the most important of all Murugan temples, given the fact that Arunagirinathar commenced his Tiruppugazh here, upon the behest of Subramanya (despite his having composed the first poem Muttaittaru at Tiruvannamalai). Legend has it that Subramanaya summoned Arunagirinathar to Vayalur. The Tiruppugazh hymn Kaittala Nirai Kani, is addressed to Poyyaa Ganapati at Vayalur.
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