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Vallimalai Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Vallimalai Murugan Temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Vallimalai Temple is a cave temple dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and his consort Valli and Devayani in Vellore District, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Vallimalai Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions. Vallimalai Temple Darshan Timings: Morning - 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM Evening – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Number of Pradakshina or Parikrama for Devi, Vishnu, Ganesh, Surya and Shiva

Pradakshina, or Parikrama, is the going around the murti of a Hindu God or goddess in a temple and it is considered highly meritorious. The belief is that the energy in the murti installed in the temple is channeled to the devotee as he moves around. The number of times a devotee does Parikrama varies for each deity. The number of times Pradakshina is performed for Devi, Vishnu, Ganesh, Surya and Shiva are different. For Devi or Mother Goddess, Pradakshina is only performed once. For Vishnu it is four times. For Ganesh it is one or three times. For Surya it is seven times. Bhadrakali it is two times Ayyappa and Shasta it is five times Subrahmanya it is seven times In South India it is seven times for Bhagavati and Durga Devi Navgrahas it is nine. For Banayan or Peepal tree it is seven. For Shiva the Pradakshina is not a full circle but only ¾. The devotee stops at the Gauripatta . For Shiva it is performed one or 3 or 5 times. The belief is that thos

Ganesha and Parashurama – How Ganapati Lost his Left Tusk in the battle with Parashurama?

There are numerous stories on how Ganesha lost his one tusk . One of the popular stories is that of Ganapati losing his left tusk in a fight with Parashurama – the Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu. Legend has it that Parashurama destroyed the Adharmic rulers on earth 21 times with Parashu or divine axe provided by Shiva. One day Parashurama reached Kailash to offer thanks to Shiva for helping him in his divine mission. But Parashurama was stopped by Ganapati who told him that Shiva and Parvati were in a secret conversation and he was asked not to allow anyone to disturb them. Parashurama did not listen to Ganesha and tried to force his way into Kailash. A fight ensued between them. In the end of the fight that shook the universe, Parashurama hurled his divine axe on Ganesha. Ganesha had the power to stop the divine axe but instead choose to respect the weapon his father had blessed. Ganapati therefore took the blow of the axe on his left tusk, which broke and fell do