It is one of the Six Hill abodes of Muruga. A few miles off Alagar boil
hill temple, there is another dedicated to Murugan It is called Palamudircholai,
one of the Arupadiveedus - six important temples held dear to Murugan. It is
visited by all throughout the year. Its legends are many and sanctity, great.
Murugan's boyhood sports were played here. It is called Tirumaliruncholai in
legends and Chola malai in Tamil literature. It is surrounded by big trees,
shurbs and creepers that bear delicious fruits of different sizes and tastes. And
ripe fruits always fall from the trees. Hence it is aptly called Palamudircholai.
In the beginning only Murugan's potent weapon
'Vel' was adored with
great veneration. Inter a devout Muruga bhak to by name S.T. Raja, realising
the potentialities of this place built a fine temple and installed Murugan's icon.
Pulavar Nakkirar eulogised this kshetra's glory in sweet verses. In addition
Silappadhikkaram, Patthu Pattu, Ettu Thogai embody many events, that
Among them, the Avvayar's meeting with Balamuruga and his
childhood pranks deserves the first mention. It is recorded that one summer
noon Avvayar came to this kshetra and felt tired due to ascent of this hill.
Accidentally, she found a boy atop the tree and eating Jambu fruits. When she
requested to give a few to quench her hunger, Murugan asked whether she
wanted hot or cold fruits. Wondering at the strange reply, she asked for cold
ones. Murugan shook the branches. There fell then some ripe fruits. Collecting
a few, she whipped off the sand particles before eating. Watching all this wide
open charming eyes, Murugan said, "Are they so hot to whip off, shall I give
you colder ones!" Spell-round Avvayar realised that it was . Muruga who has
playing practical joke on her; she prayed to grace his darsan. Instantly
Muruga blessed her with his darsan in Shanmuga aspect astride his peacock.
Avvayar then sang extempore many songs glorifying his avatar, knowledge,
heroism etc. Murugan lifted many saranarthis from this abode.
It is 20 kms off the Madurai Meenakshi temple and buses are
available to reach it.