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 In Tamil grammar, land mass in this world is divided into five types of eco-systems.  Mountain, 
 hill and associated area is called 'Kurinji'. The lord of Kurinji is Murugan and he has made the 
 hills as his abode. Majority of all hill temples found in Tamilnadu and elsewhere are dedicated 
 to Lord Subramanyan. 

 Once upon a time, Saint Dhurvasar reached Kunnathur that lies 18 KMs south of present Gobi 
 town. He worshipped at Shiva temple at Kunnathur. Then he found out that a place called 
 Modachur on the outskirts of present Gobi town is a good place to perform his routine worship 
 of Shiva. While workshipping, he wanted to have Darshan of Lord Subramanya. Not finding a 
 temple, he went into penance to find out the best place for the worship. He found through his 
 penance that there is a Subramanya temple on a small hill at a distance of around 1.5 kms from 
 Modachur and the main deity faced west. The saint reached the hill to find Lord Subramanya 
 and continued his worship. He also learnt the similarities between the temple and Palani where 
 the Lord is facing west as Dhandapani. 

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 All these events were forgotten as time proceeded. Around 1954, a landlord named 
 P.K.Kuppuswamy Gounder visited the temple. The life turned around for him that moment as
 he decided to renovate the temple. This was after he felt that the Lord is not taken care by 
 anybody. He understood the need for regular poojai and the care that the temple craves.

 Starting then, the renovation moved into a fast pace. First Swarnabandhana 
 MahaKumbabishekam was performed in 1980 led by Thiru.P.K.Eswaran as renovation 
 committee head. Since then, scores of people have joined the renovation committee and lot of 
 work has happened in the temple. 

 The latest and second Swarnabandhana Kumbabishekam was performed around  June 
 2006. It is uncommon to find Swarnabandhanam being done for the deities. You can really 
 count the number of temples where Swarnabandhanam (Gold plating the base of statue where 
 it stands) has been performed for deities in Tamilnadu and elsewhere. 

 It should be noted that a large wooden chariot runs around Pachaimalai for every Panguni 
 Uthiram during the Chariot (Ther) Festival. It is the largest wooden chariot in this area after 
 Avinashi Ther. A golden chariot is available for Murugan to play around his abode. The beauty
 of Dhandapani in golden chariot should be seen and as it is unexplainable. Arulmigu Dhandapani
 goes to golden chariot in his mount 'golden peacock' with complete golden attire. This cannot be 
 seen even in Palani and Thiruchendur. 

 Now, there is seven period regular poojai performed with two period of Abishekam daily.
 The night time ArdhaJaama Poojai is performed in comparison with Palani.

 

 

 

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Photo taken around the time of 
P.K.Kuppuswamy Gounder

 

 
'Thiruppani Semmal' P.K.Kuppusamy Gounder

People who remain in our memory

 
 Though there are lakhs of devotees who have contributed for Pachaimalai either by resources or 
 work, the following lead and stood as beacons. 

 Deivathiru. Thirumuruga Kirubananda Variyar Swamigal.
 Deivathiru. 'Thangamani' Muthuvelappa Gounder, Pudupalayam, Gobi
 Deivathiru. Senniappa Gounder, Savandapur
 Deivathiru. K.S.Ramasamy, Kugalur
 Deivathiru. K.P.Murugaiyyan, Kongarpalayam
 Deivathiru. K.S.Kaliannan, Kasipalayam
 Deivathiru. K.P.Gopalasamy, Kallipatti
 Deivathiru. 'Thangamani' P.M.Deivasigamani, Pudupalayam, Gobi
 Deivathiru. Kalyana Sivachaaryaar, Gobi
 Deivathiru. Duraikannu Sthapathi
 Deivathiru. Subramanya Gurukkal, Pachaimalai
 Deivathirumathi. Seethalakshmi Bhai, Gobi
 Deivathiru. Kunjappan alias Arumugam, Kamala Rice Mill, Pudupalayam, Gobi
 Deivathiru. Kandasamy Othuvar, Modachur
 Deivathiru. Thangavel Asaari, Modachur
 

Religious heads to visit Pachaimalai

 
 Thavathiru. Perur Atheenam SriLaSri Santhalinga Ramasamy Adigalar
 Thavathiru. Thiruvangoor SriLaSri Abhayaananda Swamigal
 Thavathiru. Pudukkottai SriLaSri Santhanantha Swamigal
 Thavathiru. SriLaSri Sundara Swamigal, Guru Maha Sannithanam, Kaumara Madaalayam
 Thavathiru. Koonampatti Atheenam SriLaSri Manickavasaga Swamigal
 Thavathiru. Kancheepuram Sankaracharyaar SriLaSri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal
 Thavathiru. SriLaSri Balamurugan Adimai Swamigal, Rathinagiri (www.ratnagiri.org)
 Thavathiru. SriLaSri Kamatchi Swamigal, Nanganallur

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