Saiva kshetra of immense eminence lies a beautifully built Muruga temple and it
is lying to the north of Ardhanareeswara temple. It houses many mini-shrines and
mandaps for the adorable deities. There is a pond supplying water to abhishek
purposes and for sacred bath too. The august statues of both Muruga and
Ardhanareeswar are made of Navapashanam and there is a belief current that the
milk of the Ksheerabhishek cures diseases. Hence the recurrences of the ritual
everyday with due veneration. Worshipping these Lords - father and son with
observing fast on the auspicious Masa Sivaratri, Maha Sivaratri and Amavasya
days fetches immense bliss with the fulfillment of desires. In addition, there is
a big sacred rock called Maradikal, which blesses the barren couple with santana,
if three pradakshnas are made on three consecutive days and it is adjacent to a
'big shrine called Pandaveswar built by a Pandyan king in the thirteenth
century. The glory of this kshetra is indescribable and visit confers mukti,
says the local.
is near Salem on the way to Coimbatore and 8 km off Sankaragiri railway station,
accessible by bus.