This is one of the six reputed Hill temples of Lord Muruga, occupying
a much coveted place in legends and devotional literature. It has atleast fourteen names such as
Neeladri, Senkalvagiri, Neelotpalagiri, Kavimalai, Kallaragiri, Thanikachalam etc., the
last refers to a place of solitude, where Muruga settled down for peace and relaxation after
vanquishing surapadma. It was called Thanigai meaning thereby, aloofness the Lord's special
preference for solitude to leading a peaceful, graceful, easeful life on hill tops.
Hence Nakkirar sings of HIM as the
Lord of Mountains. It is here he reveals one of the unique facets of his multidimensional personality-the
sublime artiste displaying his pro6cency in playing on many musical instruments.
The famous Gandamadana Hill near Kailas, his boyhood home is found inferior to this.
He narrates the glories of this kshetra to Valli, his lovely spouse.