Pazhamuthir Cholai Temple

Pazhamuthir Cholai Temple

The Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple is a temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Karthikeyan. It is situated in Madurai amidst dense forests atop a hill. It is located near to the temple of Azhagar Kovil, a Vishnu temple.

Pazhamuthir Cholai - Murugan Temple - Tamil Nadu

Speciality of the Temple

Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple is the last of the six houses of Lord Muruga on Earth. The Naaval tree in the temple is known to bear fruits during the months of October to November. This is an astonishing fact since these trees are known to bear fruits only between the months of July to September


One of the renowned Tamil Poetess Avvaiyar was passing through the place where the temple now stands. She is known far and wide to teach verses and impart knowledge to elders and children alike.

In the guise of a boy who was a shepherd, Lord Muruga sat on the Naaval tree. He saw that Avvaiyar was sitting under a tree and relaxing herself. He asked her if he could give her some fruits from the tree to fill her hunger.

When she agreed he asked her if she wanted cooked (Sutta pazham) or uncooked fruits (Sudatha pazham). Not understanding what either meant, Avvaiyar asked him for the cooked fruits. As he dropped the fruits on the ground to her, they were covered from the dust on the ground.

In order to clean it Avvaiyar tried to blow away the dust by mouth breathing it. The small boy then asked her whether the fruit was hot (Sutta pazham) since they were ripe. The poetess immediately understood the meaning as the Lord smiled down on her.

Temple timings

The temple functions between 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Dress Code

No specific dress code is recommended for a visit to this temple. Still, costumes covering upper arms and legs are suggested as a mark of respect to the temple customs.


Thiru Karthigai, Panguni Uthiram, Skanda Sashti, Tamil New year and Vaikasi Vishakam are celebrated in this temple.