The 200 feet high hill, Vellimalai (lit. Silver Hill) is located in the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, 17 kms. west of Nagarcoil in Kanyakumari district. Towards its south is the ocean and north is the western ghats. In this scenic setting are the ancient Balasubramanya Swami temple on top of the hill and Sri Vivekananda Ashrama at the foothills.
Balasubramanya Swami Temple
The presiding deity in the temple above the hill is Balasubramanya or Muruga enshrined as a monolithic image facing east in the sanctum. On the way to the top of the hill from Sri Vivekananda Ashrama are the Siva-paadham (Feet of Siva) and Nanthi-paadham (Feet of Nanthi), two natural imprints resembling the foot of a human and a bull, believed to be imprints of the feet of Lord Siva and His Bull Nanthi.
A little above on the hill is a small well, now dried but once used to cater to the needs of the temple above as also to the ashrama below. Swami Ambanandaji, in the early days, used to bring water from the well in buckets and fill the tubs in the ashrama.
As in other Subramanya temples, last friday of Tamil months is considered auspicious here and people throng the temple that day. As long as health permitted, Swami Madhuranandaji used to go to the temple on these days and sing the traditional Tamil songs on Lord Muruga with his sweet and sonorous voice completely lost in devotional fervour.
Skandasashti (Six days auspicious to Lord Muruga which falls in the Tamil month of Aippasi, starting from the next day of Deepavali) is celebrated in great splendour here.
Sri Vivekananda Ashrama
Sri Vivekananda Ashrama is well connected by bus routes from Nagarcoil and Monday Market, two nearest towns. It is located at a forty-minute drive from Nagarcoil and fifteen-minute drive from Monday Market. Buses are available every one hour from Nagarcoil and every half an hour from Monday Market. Taxis and auto rikshaws are also available from both the stations.
Vellimalai, Kalpady P.O. 629 204
Kanyakumari Dt. Tamil Nadu
President: Swami Chaitanyananda
Hand Phone : 094430 02840