Accordingly he was born as
Balasiddha; but was
refused Sakshatkara of Muruga; for, he was a Sivaaparadi - one who did harm to
Siva. He then prayed to Valli and Devasena, to intervene and to lift the curse.
When they pleaded for "Balasiddhar's emancipation, Muruga remained
stubborn. In utter desperation, Valli and Devasena settled down at the
Balasiddhar's asram down below the hill. Unable to bear the pangs of separation,
Muruga came disguised as hunter to the asram. Some frivolous talk between the
hunter and Balasiddhar drew them to Mallayuddha. In the end, pleased with
devotion, he blessed Balasiddhar with his darsan in the wedding robes as prayed
for, and is abiding in the temple since then.
the visitors go through the southern gate, they greet the beautiful images of
Vinayaka and Visalakshi Viswanathar installed in separate minishrines. After
prayers, they enter the Murugan sannidhi and avail the darsan of the Lord in his
wedding robes flanked by Valli and Devasena in gorgeous dress. This grand sight
is soul lifting and the visitors raising their hands offer soulful prayers.
There is a Mutt, where Balasiddhar dwelt. It is also visited with equal fervour.
Annual festivals, like Taipusam and Brahmotsav are celebrated on a grand scale
attracting huge crowds.
lies on the way -to Pondicherry from Tindivanam accessible by bus.