Thalamalai Perumal Temple, Trichy

Date built:
Deity: Thalamalai Perumal
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Neeliyampatti
District:: Trichy
Address: Thalamalai Perumal Temple,Neeliyampatti, Trichy District – 621208
Phone +91 98436 58044 / 97905 74284 / 99436 59130
 Thalamalai Perumal Temple is an ancient and famous Perumal Temple, situated on a unique rock on the peak of Thalaimalai Hill. It is a renowned Vaishnava temple. This Temple is called as Thalamalai Sanjeevi Perumal Temple / Nallendra Perumal Temple. This Temple was built on the top of this hill by Madurai Nayaks. The Perumal Temple is a prominent landmark in the region. Scores of devotees visit the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. This Temple is situated on the north of River Cauvery, south of Kolli Hills, west of Kolakudi – Pavithram Main Road and east of Thiruchi – Namakkal Main Road.

Temple Opening Time

  • Friday: 6.00 A.M – 9.00 PM
  • Saturday: 6.00 A.M – 9.00 PM
  • Sunday: 6.00 A.M – 2.00 PM


Annual festival is celebrated in Tamil month of Puratasi (September / October), once in three years poojas for Idi Bhagavan (Thunder) are performed here. Daily poojas and lighting of numerous lamps on every Saturday are also observed. Celebrations are held during the Tamil months of Chithirai, Avani – (Krishna Jayanthi, Navarathri and Vijayadasami), Margazhi and Thai Pongal and lighting of lamps on Thai Thiruvonam day. During the month of Adi – on the 18th day, during the midday pooja after a dip in the Holy river Cauvery, the Dhandam (the long stick) of Karuppannasami would stand automatically erect and at that time Garuda would go around in the sky. At this instance, the devotees would get excited and shout Lord Govinda name and pray.


Devotees walk around on a narrow path around the temple for pradakshinams. People strongly believe that going around this rock temple would give them successful marriage, wealth and child birth. But this practice is now banned due to accidents.


Legend / Local stories

Thala Malai:

The word ‘Thala’ means head. The region gets the name from a hill called Siragiri located here that seems like the head of a person. The local people believe that it resembles the face of Lord Vishnu.

Ramar Sunai:

In Ramayana, great of the two great epics of Hindu mythology, Lord Rama on his way back to Ayodhya with Sita after rescuing her from Ravana in Lankan lands, he had to stay at this Sthala, a spring by name Ramar Sunai was made and there is water flow always. When a person goes close this spring, he can breathe the pleasurable smell of turmeric.

Head Portion of Sanjeevi Hills:

In Ramayana, the Yuddha Kanda, Indrajit, son of Ravana and the primary of army of demons showered deadly weapons (the Brahmastra.) to kill his enemies – Rama, Lakshmana and Vanaras and they were unconscious. Jambavan sent Hanuman to fetch the Sanjeevi, a powerful life-restoring herb to revive the unconscious. Unable to find the specific herb before nightfall, Hanuman brought the entire mountain Dronagiri which was full of medicinal plants, to the fight field, thus helping find the herb and even with the approach of the Sanjeevi hill, (fragrance of the herbs) Rama and Lakshmana and the Vanaras felt the darts slip off their bodies.

Their wounds healed. Jambavan told Hanuman to replace the Sanjeevi Hill but Hanuman was tired to go back to the spot and he tied the hill in his tail and threw it with full vigor. The top portion of the hill fell and that place came to be known as Thalaimalai. One can find Sanjeevi herb widely spread in this hill and the pilgrims who visit this temple would be guarded against the sting of venomous insects and snakes. There is no threatening to their lives.

Nayakars built this Temple:

It was believed that this temple was built during the period of Nayakars. During those days, there was a shepherd who used to take the cows for grazing. While all other cows came back with him, one cow alone went astray to the top of the hill and giving milk to a boy there. Shepherd was kept searching and found this and informed the Nayakar. That night Lord appeared before Nayakar in his sleep and asked him to build a temple on top and perform regular pooja. From then, the hereditary Nayakars were the treasurers of the temple. At present, the off springs of Thiru Venkatarama Naidu are the treasurers of the temple.

Yama worshipped Lord Vishnu here:

When Yama – the Hindu God of Death was suffering because of Sani Deva’s transition, Yama prayed to Indira Deva who advised him to have a holy dip daily in the Kannimar mountain spring (Sunai) and offer prayers to Lord Nallendra Perumal, he would be relieved of bad karmas. Yama did so and was freed from the ill effects of Sani’s transit. Special poojas would be offered during the Tamil month of Thai.

Pooja for Thunder God:

During Puratasi (Tamil month) celebrations, once in three years poojas for Idi (Thunder) Bhagavan would be performed. During the pooja, one can see cracks on the wall of the building and in few minutes, with God’s grace the cracks would be set right. Even today, this occurre is considered to be a wonder.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Neeliyampatti, 8 Kms from Sevindipatti, 16 Kms from Thottiyam, 23 Kms from Musiri, 39 Kms from Gunaseelam, 24 Kms from Kulithalai, 16 Kms from Tattayyangarpettai, 33 Kms from Namakkal and 65 Kms from Trichy. This Temple is situated on the north of River Cauvery, south of Kolli Hills, west of Kolakudi – Pavithram Main Road and east of Thiruchi – Namakkal Main Road. Nearest Railway Stations are located at Namakkal (34 Kms), Kulithalai (25 Kms) and Trichy (63 Kms). Nearest Airport is located at Trichy (70 Kms).

Contact Details

Thalamalai Perumal Temple,
Neeliyampatti, Trichy District – 621208
Mobile: +91 98436 58044 / 97905 74284 / 99436 59130
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.thalaimalai.com

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