Also known as Kumara Vayalur, Vayalur is located on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli. Situated amidst lush greenery is the Murugan Temple, the highlight of the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, locally known as Murugan, the Hindu god of war. It is said that the temple was built by the Cholas in the 9th century. Legend has it that Lord Muruga created a tank with his weapon to worship his parents. It is at this place where Lord Muruga blessed the saint poet Arunagiri Nathar and also initiated him to compose Thirupugazh, renowned religious tamil songs dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple draws huge footfalls during the festivals of Panguni Utthiram, Thai Poosam and Skanda Sashti, which are celebrated with great pomp and show.

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