Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple (Poombarai, Kodaikanal Murugan Temple)
Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Village of Poombarai near Kodaikanal in Dindigul. 10/12 centuries When Bogar returned from China after completed Palani andavar statue he built one more Navabasanam Statue at mid of Palani and Poombari Western gates nowadays the place is called as Yanai Gejam (Bogar Kadu). There is a song-poem (Poombarai Velan) by Aruna girl nathar who lived during the 15th century while visited this temple this god has saved Arunagiri nathar from one devil by acted as a Baby (Kulanthai), The peoples is trusting because of this incident only Poombarai Murugan has called as `Kuzhanthai Velappar'
The idol of the Muruga in Poombarai, was created and consecrated by sage Bogar, one of aaseevaham's (Ancient Tamil Culture) eighteen great siddhas out of an amalgam of nine poisons or navapashanam. The legend also holds that, the sculptor had to work very rapidly to complete its features, but that he spent so much time in creating the face, he did not have time to bestow but a rough grace upon the rest of the body, thus explaining the contrast between the artistic perfection of the face and the slightly less accomplished work upon the body. A shrine to Bhogar exists in the southwestern corridor of the temple, which, by legend, is said to be connected by a subterranean tunnel to a cave in the heart of the hill, where Bhogar continues to meditate and maintain his vigil, with eight idols of Muruga.
Festivals And Religious Practises
Every year Poombarai celebrates Ther Thiruvizha (car festival) for Lord Muruga. It falls on Kettai nakshatra which comes after Thai Poosam. Normally it comes in Thai or Maasi month
There is a song-poem(Poombarai Velan) by Aruna girl nathar who lived during the 15th century while visited this temple this god has saved Arunagiri nathar from one devil by acted as a Baby (Kulanthai), The peoples is trusting because of this incident only Poombarai Murugan has called as Kuzhanthai Velappar Also some of others trusting this idol is made up of Dasaphasanam which is Ten different herbals. And this abhishegam cures more diseases like cancer and sugar etc. By scientifically more 'Siddhar' lived around western-gates so this Temple location also Middle of western-gates only so we can confirm the stories of Bhogar idols.