Sathuragiri Temple History – Sathuragiri Temple Images – Sathuragiri Hills – Sathuragiri Mahalingam Malai Temple Photos
India is a popular nation best known for its cultural Heritage and Ethical values. We the people of India are closely attached to nature and hence we tend to believe the ancients scripts like Sangam literature. Sangam Literature is one fine documentation which describes the early history of India according to which the land is divided into five landscapes (Ainthinai) – Marudham (Seashore), Mullai (Forest region), Kurinji (Mountains), Neidhal (Croplands), and Paalai (Deserts). Amongst all, Kurinji holds the special significance which actually refers to the landscape of mountains. Our India is full of mountains and valleys. The most famous mountains in our India are the Himalayas, Kailash mountain, Mantira Mountain, Podhigai mountain, etc.
Other than these mountains, there is a mountain which is not known by many people but its special features and divine values are highly significant than any other mountains in India. It is Sadhuragiri (Mahalingam Mountain). Chathuragiri or Sadhuragiri temple is a religious place of Tamilnadu nearby Srivilliputhur famous for its wonderful features. The god of the Sathuragiri hills is Lord Sundaramahalinga Swamy. The challenging part is the journey from down to Chathuragiri hilltop. Nobody could have imagined such an incredible journey which covers more than 5000 footsteps to worship a single God. Interesting isn’t it? Even more fascinating facts, history, the significance of Sathuragiri hills, Mooligai specialties are scripted below. Scroll down and get mesmerized with unbelievable truths.
Sathuragiri Mahalingam temple is located in the Western Ghats near Srivilliputhur. The temple is situated on top of Sathuragiri hills – “Sathuram” means square and “Giri” means Hill. Another meaning for “Chathur” is “4 Vedas” and it literally indicates that the hills are formed by the meeting of four Vedas. The spiritual site is also known by different names like Menugiri/Merugiri, Mahalingagiri, Siddhagiri, Kailasagiri, Indiragiri, Brahmagiri, Sarvalogagiri, Suriyagiri, Yamagiri/Yemagiri, Sakthigiri, Udayagiri, Sivagiri, Sanjivigiri/Sathuragiri. Sathuragiri hills are square shaped hills which will make you travel for about 8 kilometers to reach the God on top. There will be an idol of Lingam present i.e, Sundara Mahalingam. The specialty of Sadhuragiri is its natural resources. The mountain is full of herbs and medicinal plants (Mooligai Thavarangal).
While traveling from down to top via several steps, you can see lots of herbs and medicinal plants in the surrounding. Many Siddha specialists say that the forest can give medicines for all kinds of diseases including the diseases like Leprosy, Aids, Cancer, etc. If a man comes to Sadhuragiri with the only one intention of worshipping the deities Sundara Mahalingam and Santhana Mahalingam then the God will take care of him which is his duty. There will be many obstacles in the path of steep rocks. The path will not be smooth and safe. It takes nearly 3 to 4 hours to reach the top for an ordinary person. But God will not allow his followers to suffer and he will take care of the people. In the Sadhuragiri forest, if we miss the correct way, God will help us in the form of Dogs. Dogs will guide us through the way. But after reaching the temple they will disappear. There are many real experiences regarding this. Many people experience the help of God in many ways and forms.
Religious Specialties and Significance of Sathuragiri Hill Temple (Mooligai Malai Kovil) – Origin, History & Spirituals
In medieval times, Sathuragiri or Chathuragiri was known as UdayaGiriNathar. In that place called Udayagirinathar, a large area of land belonged to the affluent landlords. An old Lord Shiva temple was situated in one of those lands. At that time, an elder priest took care of that temple. Adjacent to the temple, a stream alike Agaya Ganga Theertham at Sathuragiri was running. At present, the temple is under the control of Tamilnadu forest department. We cannot visit the temple in the ordinary days. After the flood in the year 2014, Forest rangers prohibits the people’s visit during the weekdays. The visitors are allowed to visit the temple during all Full moon days (Pournami) and no moon days (Ammavasai). Special and grand celebrations will be conducted during Maha Sivarathiri and Aadi Ammavasai.
Especially during these two days, Sadhuragiri will look like a congestion city. More than ten Lakh people will be present in and around there thus making a chaos. There is a very significant thing to be noted i.e., there are no basic facilities like cell networks, restrooms, rooms, food hotels. In spite of all these obstacles, lakhs and lakhs of people continue to worship God Sundara Mahalingam. This is because Sadhuragiri God Lord Santhana Mahalingam fulfills all the wishes of the people. Besides all these specialties, Mahalinga mountain is full of mysteries and adventures. It is believed that there are many sages who meditate here for many years. People said that only blessed people can get the blessing of Sages. The air we breathe in Sadhuragiri is a blessing. This can cure our disease. If we have the blessing of seeing and worshipping Santhana Mahalingam and Sundara Mahalingam only we can reach Sathuragiri. Not everyone can worship the God situated at Sadhuragiri.
We people are not aware of our nation’s treasure. We simply travel to another country and admires the beauty of others. We are having all the treasure within our country which is the pioneer of the world civilization. Many treasures are hidden in our nation. Sadhuragiri is one among them that is of great value amongst our own temples but unfortunately not known by most of our people. “Mooligai Maruthuvam” or Ayurvedic treatments can be made easily with the shrubs and herbs of this medicine rich forest of Sadhuragiri. This essay is just an attempt to show off the specialties of our land’s God “Sadhuragiri”. Hope, you have gained a good knowledge about our prestigious temple of India. Despite those said above, there are many specialties in Sadhuragiri. Everyone must visit here once during Aadi Ammavasa and Mahasivaratri to get the complete blessings of Sundara Mahalingam and Santhana Mahalingam.