Mailam Hill Temple

Mailam Temple is situated on a small hill around 15 K.M. from Tindivanam, near Pondicherry. Actually, when you go on the Chennai Tindivanam highway, you will find a road going towards your left indicating Mailam, a few K.M. after you cross Aaryas hotel junction. You will have to take a left here and travel for some distance until you reach a marketplace. This is Mailam town. To go to the Temple, there is a separate route for people going in cars/vehicles and a separate route for people going by walk. So get down and ask someone in one of the Temple market shops, if you are not sure. I went by walk. You will have to leave your chappals/shoes before you reach the steps. There are many shops who will keep them for a small fee. But remember that you will have to travel a total of 750m by walk, and more than half of it by steps. Nothing much, it is a small hill. In case any old people are coming with you, it may be difficult for them to climb. The vehicle path is 2 KM long and uphill, I was told. This Temple is dedicated to God Murugan, one of the sons of Lord Shiva. Once you get into the Temple, you can find many monkeys. These will take away your cover if they know there are bananas or some other eatables in them.      Book Now

Thindrivaneshwarar and Maragathambikai temple Tindivanam

The whole area was initially a tamarind forest (Thindri vanam in sanskrit) and the lord is called Thindrivaneshwarar the eashwara (lord of this place). The temple was probably built by the Cholas and there is history of Vyasa having built the rajagopuram.Various ancient rishis like Valmiki, Vyasa, Dhindi, Killi, Killali, prayed here. The place has also been visited by the saivate savants like Appar Sundarar, Manickavasagar , Thirugnana sambandar ,and Arunagirinathar as per local history. The main sannidhi has A large Shivalingam blessing the devotees. There are two corridors to cross before we can see the lord. The inner praharam around the lord shrine has a lot of painted murals with the Koshta vigrahas of Selva ganapathy, Dakshina murthy, Vishnu, Brahma,Durga and Chandikeshwarar. The temple being repaired recently, there is lot of work left to be done, the Dakshinamurthy and Durgai also have a separate small enclosure which has a grilled door that can be best viewed from the outer praharam There are murals of prahalladha and the surutupalli temple painted on the wall as seen above. There were also few dogs sleeping inside to escape the heat.!! as seen in the photo above at about 9 AM. The Koshta Vigrahas are seen below in the inner praharam ( under repair).      Book Now