The History of the Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple
Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple is one of the ancient temples in TamilNadu devoted for Lord Muruga. It was built around the 14th century. There is a literary evidence of the Rathnagiri Murugan temple. The famous poet Arunagirinathar has sung about this temple in the 14th century. It was renovated in the year 1980.Lord Muruga is present in two forms in this temple:
1. Lord Thirukkolam, and
2. Lord Gurukkolam.
About Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple
The Ratnagiri Bala Murugan temple is one of the famous temple situated at Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. There are 2 pathways in the hill one for climbing up and the other for climbing down. The main diety was installed in a chariot which is made of granite. There are 2 temples for the Lord Vinayaga, one temple is built up in the hill and another is present at the bottom of the hill. The Lord is decorated with ornaments made of gold, silver and precious stones. The garbhagriha is made of granite and is modeled according to the Chola architecture. The cost of this garbhagriha is 20 lakhs, it has been built for installing the deity.
Important features of the Rathinagiri Bala Murugan TempleA motorable road is present in the hill temple for the convenience of the old and infirm people who would not be able to climb up the hill. The temple contains a six-sided holy tank. This tank was specially designed to help its devotees. The cost of constructing this tank was nine lakhs. Lord Muruga is called as the Tamil kadavul so all the poojas and mantras performed in the Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple are in Tamil language. A charity hospital for the benefit of the poor is built. Eye camps at free of cost are held every month and operations are done free of cost. Many cottages are available for the devotees.
Major festivals celebrated in Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple
The important Tamilnadu festivals that are celebrated in Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple
will go through out the entire year, right form January to December. The detail list about festivals are given below.
1. Adi kiruthigai kavadi during the month of June – July
2. Thai kiruthigai kavadi during the month of January
3. Thai Poosam during the month of January
4. Karthigai Deepam festival during the month of November – December
5. Latcha deepam and
6. Adi Velli during the month of August or September
Services to the Devotees in Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple
• Public toilets
• Drinking water facilities
• Huge number of 40 shops
• Four marriage halls for public use at a low rent.
• Police outpost
• Post office
• Bank facilities with ATM
• Co-operative store
• A hall with bathrooms for those who wish to tonsure their head has been provided.
Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple Timings
• Temple is kept open between 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
• Timings for Abhishekam: 6:00 am to 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.
• Temple office working hours: 9 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 6 pm.
For more information on Rathinagiri Bala Murugan Temple contact
Arulmigu Balamurugan Tirukkovil
Rathinagiri, KilminnalWalajah Taluk, Vellore Dist.
Tamil Nadu - 632 517 India
Phone: (91) 4172 66330 (Office)
Phone: (91) 4172 66350 (Temple)