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Sri Balasubramanian temple
 
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Moolavar: Balasubramanian
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Gaja Valli
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Uthiramerur
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Aipasi Annabishekam and Skanda Sashti in October-November; Karthikai Deepam in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  There is a shrine for the Vel weapon of Lord Muruga for the darshan of devotees in the northwest corner of the temple. Till now, the depth of the Vel is not known to anyone. It is also noteworthy that Valli and Deivanai consorts of Lord Muruga are in one form as Gajavalli, a rare and different tradition from other Muruga temples.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Balasubramaniaswami Temple, Uthiramerur, Kanchipuram.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 
    
 General Information:
     
 

There are shrines for Lord Ekambaranathar, Perun Dandam Udayar, Mother Maha Tripura Sundari, Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Lord Santhana Ganapathi and the Vel in the form of Lord Velayutha Murthi in the inner prakara of the temple.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray in the temple to realize their wishes.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord Muruga and carry Kavadis. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Lord Kadambanathar graces from a shrine in the northeast corner of the temple enabling Lord Muruga to worship Him.  The Vel of Lord Muruga in its idol form is open for the darshan of devotees in a shrine in the northwest corner.  The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram.  The Swing Mandap and the Vasanth Mandap in the outer prakara are on the left sides respectively.  The Bali peeta and the flag post-kodimaram are in between them.  The elephant gifted by Indira to Muruga is also in this spot.  The entrance to the inner mandap has the beautiful depiction of the wedding of Lord Muruga.  The inner wall of the Darshan mandap before the sanctum sanctorum is covered with brass sheets depicted with Siddhas engraved on them.  The western wall has paintings showing Lord Muruga fighting with Malayan Magaran.

 

Lord Muruga, 6 feet tall as Balasubramania appears majestically in standing posture in the sanctum sanctorum with His Vel and Cock symbol flag while the vahan peacock is at His feet.  Mother Gaja Valli shrine – combination of Valli and Deivanai - is on the left side.  This is a rare feature of this temple.  It is said that Lord Muruga placed His Vel in this place to protect Sage Kashyapa while in penance.  Till today, no one had been able to estimate the depth of the Vel.  In the place of Chandikeswara as generally in Shiva temples, Sumithirai Chandikeswara shrine adores this temple.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The place has the history of Lord Muruga Himself standing as His own Vel weapon to protect the sages in penance from the threats of demons.  The place is known as Ilayanar Velur – Ilayanar is youthful Muruga, Velur is the place where the Vel stood.

 

The place on both sides of River Seyyaru then known as Utharavahini was then a forest region.  Many Rishis were performing penance here.  Sage Kashyapa had his hermitage here and performed penance for the welfare of mankind.  Two demons, armed with their boons of immortality, began to harass the sage who appealed to Lord Kadamba Nathar for protection.  Lord assured the sage that His younger son Muruga would destroy the demons and protect all sages. He also assured the sages that His Sword also would be sent to assist Muruga in the war against the demons.  Taking on the command of His divine Father, Muruga set out on the protection mission.  He called the demons and advised them.  But their pride ignored His advice.  Lord Muruga instructed His Vel to stand guard on the eastern side of the hermitage to prevent the demons.  Lord Muruga separated the head of Magaran with the sword given by Lord Shiva.  Seeing the death of his brother, Malayan used the magic taught by Maya the mother of Surapanma which could not stand before the sword of Lord Shiva.

 

The place where the head of Malayan fell is called Malayankulam and that of Magaran’s defeat as Magaral.  After executing the orders of Lord Shiva, Muruga built a temple for Lord Tirukadamba Nathar.  Lord Shiva asked the Son to stay there and grant all boons to His devotees.  It is at This Ilayanar Velur, the temple of Lord Balasubramaniar stands now.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: There is a shrine in the northwest corner of the temple for the Vel planted by Lord Muruga to protect the penance of Sage Kashyapa. The depth of the bottom of the Vel is not known to any researcher till now. Mothers Valli and Deivanai grace the devotees in one single form as Gajavalli.
 
     
 
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