Vallimalai is a village in
Katpadi taluk of
Vellore district, Tamil
Nadu, India. It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) from
it is near Ponnai. It is known for Subramaniyar temple, a
for Murugan. (Murugan; Tamil: முருகன்; [murugan]).
Vaḷḷimalai is the place where Vaḷḷi, the daughter of Lord
Lakshmi was born (according to legends, via the sweat drop
Lakshmi that fell on the grass at this place, and later on
consumed by a female deer, thereafter Vaḷḷi was born to the Deer).
Raised up by the Chief of the tribe, Vaḷḷi grew up to be a
beautiful damsel. Narada muni recounted about Vaḷḷi to Murugan
thereafter Murugaṉ went to woo the damsel Vaḷḷi. After several
vain attempts and finally with Lord Ganesha's help, Vaḷḷi and
Murugaṉ are united. They elope from Vaḷḷimalai and get married,
settle down at Thanigai (Thirutthani).
There is another place by name Vellimalai, near
Nagercoil bordering with
Kerala State, which subscribes to the same
story, where in Valli was born to marry with
Murugan in a love
Vaḷḷimalai is a dear place to Vaḷḷi and thus Vaḷḷi,
Murugaṉ and Deyvaanai (Teyvāṉai; Tamil: தெய்வானை;
[d̪ejʋaːnaɪ̯]) live eternally at this place. There is the
Thiruppugazh aashramam atop Vaḷḷimalai, where the tradition of
Vaḷḷi lives on. During the Pallava dynasty's regime, they built
the Subramaniyar temple, a rock cut temple dedicated to Murugaṉ.
The temple is one of the monuments of national importance in Tamil
Another legend about how Vaḷḷi came to the Vaḷḷimalai involves
lord Vishnu. In the foot of hill Vaḷḷimalai is the Sri
Thenvenkatachalapathy temple, where Vishnu's moorthy looks like a
saint. According to history when
Vishnu was in deep meditation,
Lakshmi came in the form of a deer and she plays in front of him. At
that time Vishnu's meditation was disturbed and he saw that deer. Due
to his holy glory a beautiful daughter was born. Both of them left
their daughter for the sake of their devotee king. After that, the
king found this infant in a Vaḷḷikiḻaṅku field so, she was
called Vaḷḷi. In  the temple, there is an idol which is
Swayambu murthi. There is a belief that childless devotees will get
children after praying in this temple.
Western Ganga dynasty
Western Ganga dynasty king Raja
Mallan-I carved caves for
Jain monks who lived here to spread their
religion in Tamilakam.
^ "Sri Subramanyaswami temple". Dinamalar. Retrieved 25 March
^ Vijaya Ramaswamy (22 May 2007). Historical Dictionary of the Tamils.
Scarecrow Press. pp. 298–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6445-0.
^ "List of Monuments — Tamil Nadu". Archaeological Survey of India.
Retrieved 25 March 2014.
^ Sri Then Venkatachalapathy temple
^ "Rock-cut beds discovered at village in Tiruvannamalai". The Hindu.
2 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
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