Javadi hills from summit
Another View from Summit
Renovation Work at Temple
[Extract from National Newspaper]
"Over 4,500-ft high, Parvathamalai challenges climbers. Tough and
rugged, it has 1,800 steps. “With descending clouds keeping you company,
it is a unique experience to walk in this virgin terrain," say
devotees, who have been visiting the hill for two decades, to worship
Lord Mallikarjuna and His consort Brahmarambika.
The dilapidated state of the Temple forced some devotees from
Triplicane, Chennai, to form a Renovation Committee. Word spread and
help came from all quarters. The HRCE (Hindu Religious and Charitable
Endowments Department) gave the green signal and work started in
earnest. But it was not easy. From water to steel and wood to cement,
everything had to be transported manually. Literally, an uphill task!
Sand was sent up in small bags through climbers and water carried in
bottles and cans and emptied into huge drums on the Summit.
In 2009 a lightening and thunder storm caused a setback to the ongoing
development. Afterwhich a super-conductor lightning diverter was
installed. Huge parts of the tower, weighing 1,000 kg, were moved to the
hill top and an expert team from Kodaikanal installed it.
Help came from unexpected quarters. A devotee, after visiting the temple
and watching the proceedings, supplied steel and cement. Everything is
being built - from walls and pedestals for the idols, to ceiling and
Lightning arrester on Hill Summit
There are now two lightning arrestors installed on the Summit, one for the Temple and the other for the Mouna Swami Ashram.
The old grilled plate paths have been removed and concrete steps constructed at the last stage
Archway under construction
Archway after completion leading to Temple on Summit
Temple before new development
Work undertaken in Temple development
Creating new Vimana on Temple
Completed Temple on Summit
Development of Shrines inside Temple
Lord Siva Sannidhi
Devotee's puja of Lord Mallikarjuna
The Goddess Sannidhi
In June 2016 after completion of the development of Parvathamalai Temple
on the Summit, a grand Mahakumbhabhishekam was performed - the first such
observance at this Temple in 600 years.
The summit of Parvathamalai overlooks the ruins of what is believed to
be the abandoned, deserted fort of King Nannan (son of Nannan).
From Summit looking at ruins of Fort
Ruins of abandoned fort on summit
Natural theertham on summit outside Temple
Water from a naturally occurring theertham on the Hill summit is used
exclusively in the Temple. Water for other uses is pumped to a mandapam
sump half way up the Hill on specific days.
Lord Nandi on Summit looking towards Arunachala
View of Arunachala from Parvathamalai Summit
Shadow of Parvathamalai from summit
View from summit
Dusk from summit of Parvathamalai
Ashrams and Accommodation
Ashram on Summit of Parvathamalai
As well as having an Ashram at the foot of Parvathamalai, the
'Triplicane Sri Paruvathamalai Adiyargal Thiruppani Sangam' is also
dedicated to the construction of the Mouna Guruswamy Ashram on the
summit of the Hill.
The construction of the Ashram has been ongoing for the last 10 years.
The ashram is still under development, however even now (in its
unfinished state) it offers food and accommodation to pilgrims But call
first and speak direct to the office, if you hope to enjoy the
facilities of either ashrams during a visit to Parvathamalai. To get in
touch with Mouna Guruswamy Ashram (currently under development) at the
top of Parvathamalai call Sri Sridhar at +919688505403.
Facilities available on summit of Hill
Though there is no source of power at the top of the hill, a small
portable genset (2000w) functions and lights up the area and Ashram
building at night time.
A mobile Cell Phone is working at the top, which establishes contact
with the Ashram down below as well as outside. The contact with the
Ashram is by intercom facility provided by (wireless) transmitters the
range of which is upto 30 to 50 kms.
(iii) Food and water:
Free food (3 times a day) and water are provided by the Parvathamalai Ashram.