1. HILL :
Parvatham means hill and 'Parvatha Malai' as it is called is the Hill of Hills or Queen
of Hills at the top of which resides the presiding deity Parvatha Rani or Parvathammal. She
is the Sakthi aspect and the 'Siva' aspect is Lord Malligarjun. 'Parvathammal is also
called Lordess Brahmarambika' (also called Maragathambika). It is not known when exactly the
temple was constructed at the top of the hill ( about 4,000 ft. high and a difficult terrain with
'almost' vertical rocky cliff called 'Kadapparai Malai'. But
pre-historic record (Malai Padu Kadaam) shows that a king called 'Maa Mannan' who
was ruling that area, during the year 300 A.D used to visit this temple frequently and worship
the lord and lordess. It is said that even 2000 years ago the great yogis (Siddhas)
constructed this temple at the top of the hill for doing meditation.
Unlike other hills, Parvatha Malai 'Cliff' presents a wonderful sight when viewed from
different angles. It portrays eight different shapes from eight directions around the hill.
The view from the top of the hill is splendid and one can have a panaromic view of the
landscape below (when there are no clouds) for upto even 50 kms. The sight of the rising and
setting sun from the hill top is a rare one to enjoy more than that at Kanyakumari (South India).
At nights visitors can witness the 'Jyothi Dharshan' at the hill top.
This virgin hill grows plenty of rare herbal plants which are not found in other hills
except Himalayas. The visitors / devotees can easily smell the 'Herbal breeze' while going up
or coming down the hill. It cures many diseases automatically. It is said that two 'sadhus'
one guru Namasivayam and the other Guhai Namasivayam when they stayed on the hill
accidentally cooked and ate an unknown herbal leaf (now known as 'Karunochi - Siddha
Medicine') and regained their youth for ever.
The temple has no doors or compound wall and also no 'priests' to perform 'pujas'.
The visiting devotees themselves can perform 'pujas', do 'abisheham' and 'arathanas' like in
most of the North Indian temples. 'Nishta' is reached in no time when one
performs 'meditation' at the top of the hill (that is the power of the 'vibration' of the hill
and the presiding deities). Few devotees have experienced 'Miracles' in the hill and the
temple. One has to personally experience to believe them. In many cases such 'miracles' have
been encountered by few fortunate devotees when they stay overnight in the hill/ temple.
The names of the presiding deities of the temple at the top of Parvatha Malai,
similar to the one at 'Srisailam' temple in Andhra Pradesh (India) also has equal or
more 'powers' in bestowing grace to the devotees and redressing their grievances. Milk is
preferred for the pujas and there are no sacrifices offered. Oil for the temple lamp, flowers
and 'Vilvam leaf' have to be taken to the top from bottom by the devotees who wish to
perform pujas. Food packs, drinking water, torch light and woollen shawl also have to be taken
At night times 'Jyothi' (brightness) can be witnessed on the cheeks of lordess
Brahmarambika. This is a rare phenomenon in no other deities in
any temple can be seen. When the devotee recede as far back from the deity,
(Lordess Brahmarambika) sanctum sanatorium, the size of the deity appears to increase in size
instead of diminishing and is seen that the deity steps up forward and approaches towards the devotee. One has to see it to believe it ! when 'camphor is lighted up
before the Lord Malligarjun and viewed from a distance while worshipping, the images of
serpent, trident and drum appears in the camphor light. When a devotee 'Chants' 'OM'
mantra sincerely 108 times before the Lord Malligarjun in the 'Sanctum sanatorium',
he/she can clearly hear 'Silent whisper' of 'OM' mantra from behind.
4. YOGI IN THE CAVE:
There is also a big cave (artificially made) at the peak of the hill near the temple
where a yogi is in 'tapas' (meditation). He is in 'Mouna' (silence) for over 15 years and blesses
the devotees all the 365 days in the year and also feeds them with sumptuous food (3 times
a day ) and water. He also provides shelter to the visitors and takes care of their needs
during their stay with him in the permanent structures constructed by him. The greatness of
this 'mouna yogi' is that he provides all the amenities to the visitors free of cost when there is
not even a semblance of availability of water on the hill (except for 2 rainy months in a year).
It has to be appreciated that the 'Mouna Yogi' takes special care to see that the visitors
who come to the temple and stay at the top of the hill do not undergo any hardship by
arranging to bring from bottom drinking water, food materials, cooking gas etc. on 'head loads of professionals' who are paid exhorbitantly by him. The visiting devotees invariably
compensate him by offering him cash and materials for his special efforts. Mouna yogi is no doubt a
rare personality unlike other 'mahans' or 'sanyasis' elsewhere.
Incidentally, "Mouna Yogi" also pays 'dharshan' to those devotees who approach
him with various complex, social, material and spiritual problems. He blesses them with
guidance and 'pariharams' for their 'sins' Invariably the devotees return satisfied with
renewed optimism and faith which automatically solve / mitigate their problems.
Mouna yogi has consecrated a 'panchloga idol of Lordess Raja Rajeswari Amman
inside the cave for the benefit of devotees who wish to sit in 'meditation'. TOP
5. IMMORTAL YOGIS (SIDDHARS):
It is believed that several 'siddhars' still live in small natural caves all along
Parvatha Mallai hill and they give 'dharshan' to few lucky visitors / devotees. Since they move in
'subtle bodies' it will be difficult to have their 'dharshan' with the naked eye. Only with the power
of the 'third eye' (Gnanakkan) any sincere devotee can at times witness the presence of
siddhars. These siddhars often take on mortal (gross) bodies to facilitate viewing them e.g., in the form of vegetation, birds animals and very rarely human form also. Sometimes devotees
though unable to see them in physical form spot them out on the hill from the smell of fragrance'
like camphor, agarpathi, or sambrani which the siddhars carry around them. At times , it is a
rare sight to have 'dharshan' of 3 'kazhugus' making rounds over the cliff of Parvatha Malai
just like one can witness 2 kazhugus over 'Thirukkazhukundrum' hill top. These kazhugus
are believed to be 'siddhars' giving 'dharshan' to the devotees taking on the form of birds;
some times siddhars give dharshan to sincere devotees in the form of 'honey bee, bairavar
(dog), etc. and guides them the path while
trekking up the hill or stepping down.
It is believed that these 'siddhars' visit the temple on the top of 'Parvatha Malai' at
12 0' clock midnight to worship the presiding deities there. Though no one can or have
seen them in physical bodies, villagers around the 'Parvatha Malai' down below say that they
can clearly hear the sound of ringing bells, blowing conch, drums beating etc.,
exactly at 12 mid night when the 'pujas' are performed by siddhars.
Mouna Yogi has set up an 'Ashram' at the foot of 'Parvatha Malai' in Kadaladi,
(on the way to trekking the hill) for the benefit of devotees who visit the temple. They
can take rest before climbing up or after trekking down the hill. There are also arrangements for infrastructure facilities like water, electricity, telephone, bathrooms,
toilets etc., 'Annadhanam' (free food) is also done at the Ashram by the 'sadhus' day and night.
There is also a 'Go-shala' where the cows donated by the few devotees are fed and
maintained. On important days like full moon, new moon and other festival days,
thousands of visitors / devotees come to the ashram by cars, vans and buses from
different places in Tamilnadu as well as other adjoining states in India. Occasionally
few foreign tourist also visit the Ashram and the temple at the top of Parvatha
Malai. There is a big car-parking facility in the Ashram right now with good lighting and
A 'Panchloga Idol' of lordess Brahmarambika (replica of the one in the temple at the
top of the hill) has been consecrated in the Ashram and daily pujas; are performed ( 3 times
a day) to the deity.
7. TREKKING THE HILL:
There are three places from where the 'peak' of Parvatha Malai can be accessed.
One is from a place called 'Then madhi mangalam' the second from Mambakkam and the
third from Kadaladi. Normally the first and the last routes are chosen as the second one is
very steep and difficult to climb. Out of the first and the last, the first route is
comparatively easy to climb as half of the trekking distance (12 km) is mostly plains
and the rest is also not very steep. Most of the visitors / devotees take the first route to
climb and while trekking down, prefer the Kadaladi route more so since the setting up of the
'Ashram' at Kadaladi region.
The first route takes about 4 hours to climb while the last one, only 3 hours to climb.
On full moon / new moon and important days all along the trekking route, the visitors
find small temporary shops where they can take rest for a while and refresh themselves
with drinking water (available in packets), tea, coffee, biscuits etc.,
One has to trek through 6 small hills to reach the top of 'Parvatha Malai' which is
the seventh. It is said to be synonymous to the 6 'Chakras' in the human subtle body. The
Mooladhara chakra or Kundalini climbs up and after crossing six other Chackras, joins with the
seventh 'Sadasivam' or Sahasradhara chakra. About 3/4 of the hill route is through thick forest via
treaded foot path where on both sides one can enjoy the smell of 'Himalaya's rare herbs'
are in plenty. The last 1/4 portion of the trek is a bit difficult to climb as the path is rocky
and almost vertical. It is called 'Kadapparai Malai' since there are no regular steps to climb
and only with the help of 'Iron rods' which are
embedded in the solid rock, one has to climb keeping his steps alternately on the
notches carved on the rock.
The trekking of this last portion is almost like in mountaineering and as such
one has to come prepared with 'kits' similar to mountaineering. Shorts are preferred to wear
and the kit containing drinking water, puja materials, fruits, biscuits and other eatables should
be carried on the back as both the hands should be free to grip the Kadapparai one after
There are no wild animals or any poisonous insects on the way and people of
any age can climb up the hill with 'will power'. So far in the history of Parvatha Malai, there
is no record of any visitors / devotees falling down and meeting with death.
Though after trekking the Parvatha malai route on the hill, legs pain for atleast
2 days, the hill top (the deities and the mouna yogi) attracts visitors again and again. TOP
8. GIRIVALAM :
Just like in Thiruvannamalai, at Parvatha Malai also, 'GIRIVALAM' (trekking
the path around the hill) is said to be virtuous and beneficial and devotees from
different corners throng to undertake 'GIRIVALAM' on full moon day every month of the year.
Especially the first day of Tamil month 'MARGAZHI' is famous and important. Thousands
of devotees visit Parvatha Malai for this 'Special GIRIVALAM' that
particular day and are blessed by the grace of Lord Malligarjun and Lordess
Brahmarambika. The 'GIRIVALAM' path of Parvatha Malai is 25 kms. and it takes about
8 hours to complete, while Thiruvannamalai GIRIVALAM path is 14 kms and it takes about
4 hours to cover. The GIRIVALAM path of Parvatha Malai is virgin and as such Govt. and
other agencies are planning to improve the conditions of road and other
9. FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE TOP:
Though there is no source of power at the top of the hill, a small portable genset
(2000 w) donated by a philanthropist, function and light up the area and the building at night time.
A mobile Cell Phone is working at the top, which establishes contact with the
Ashram down below as well as outside. The contact with the Ashram is by intercom facility
provided by (wireless) transmitters the range of which is upto 30 to 50 kms.
Mouna yogi has constructed RCC shelters for the visitors / devotees who come to
meet him and have his blessings.
(iv) Food & water:
Free food (3 times a day) and water are provided by Mouna Yogi at the top for the
benefit of few visitors. He even provides bedding and toilet facilities to them.
10. CHARITABLE TRUST:
A charitable trust has been formed in the name 'Mouna Yogi Vitobananda
Charitable Trust' having its Registered office at the Ashram below and Administrative office at Kadaladi Town which is about 2 kms from the Ashram site. This trust is
managed by five trustees under the able guidance and supervision of its founder
Mouna Yogi. It is mainly formed to receive support of the (cash & kinds) of visitors /devotees
who swell in number year by year, channalise it and utilize them for the
administration and maintenance of the Ashram and its activities .
11. PRESENT ACTIVITIES OF THE TRUST:
(i) Poor Feeding (Annadhanam) :
The number of visitors / devotees coming to the Ashram and the Parvatha Malai
are swelling day by day and it is the responsibility of the Trust to feed them while they stay
over in the Ashram below as well as on the hill top, and Mouna Yogi as the founder of the trust
is taking care of all the interest of the visitors / devotees who visit the Ashram now and the
hill top for more than 15 years. Poor feeding is also done in the Ashram below for socially
and economically backward people including children in the region, 3 times a day.
(ii) Free education facility for children:
Books, stationeries and other useful materials for the upliftment of education
facility for the children of socially and economically backward families of the region
are gifted by the Trust regularly; special free coaching for the deserving students upto
middle level schooling in the region are also planned to start with. Later on, it is to be extended
to higher level schooling also.
(iii) Free medical treatment :
To start with free Siddha treatment is offered to patients in the region as well as
to visitors / devotees who come to the Ashram as well as Parvatha Malai from different
parts of the country daily. Nature has gifted Parvatha Malai with rare specimen of herbal plants
and the same are utilized by the Ashram siddha doctor for treatment of disease/illness of
the patients utilising his experience and expertise.
(iv) Goshala :
At present there are more than a dozen cows, donated by the devotees which are
fed and maintained by the Ashram inmates. More donations of cows by devotees are to
follow. The milch cows need special food and special care for their good health and
upheep. A veterinary doctor is always available on demand for periodic checkup of the
cows and treatment if required.
(v) Daily Pujas (3 times a
day) and Pujas on special occasions.
12. FUTURE PLANS OF THE TRUST :
Mouna Yogi, the founder of the Trust has envisioned an integrated project for the
Trust, which would stress and give importance for the social and economical upliftment of the
people in the nearby villages / towns, as well as afforestation, which are welcomed by the
local people and the local administration. There is a good and warm support by all concerned
in shaping up a Permanent Ashram comprising the above activities.
It has been planned to promote afforestation and social welfare in a big way . For
this the Trust is approaching the Forest Dept. Tamilnadu for allotting 50 acres of land
(opposite to the existing temporary Ashram) in the Reserved Forest area and the Forest Dept.
have already consented in principle to give the land to the Trust. Arrangements are being made
to take possession of the said land and development activities for the envisaged project,
would start soon. TOP
The proposed future plans in 50 acres site :
1. Herbal garden / Herbal Research / Allied Cottage Industry.
2. Plantations (coconut/ plantain/ fruit bearing & shade trees)
3. Vegetable / flower garden.
4. Agriculture /Grass (fodder) cultivation.
5. Nature Diet/Nature cure / Siddha Dispensary.
6. Ashram / cottages / temple / yoga & meditation center.
7. Poor feeding / shelter, food etc, for Visitors / Devotees.
8. Daily Pujas (3 times a day)
9. Free education / computer training (school / ITI / polytechnic / college).
10. Free medical treatment (Hospital building) / eye camp etc.
11. Home for old age and Destitute (men & women).
12. Home for handicapped / mentally retarded.
13. Home for Orphanage.
14. 'Creche' / child care center.
15. Go-shala (108 cows)-Dairy / Gobar gas / Natural manures plants
A liaison office is also proposed to be located at Thiruvannamalai along the
'GIRIVALAM' path near the town shortly ,for the convenience of visitors / devotees to the Parvatha
Malai & the Ashram. As the surging crowd of visitors / devotees coming to the Parvatha Malai
increases year by year and the climbing is extra-ordinarily difficult due to the terrains and Reserve
Forest, State / Central Government agencies are interested in providing facilities / amenities to
the visitors /devotees in the form of proper roads shelters with sanitation facilities, lighting,
drinking water etc along the track to the Parvatha Malai.
As amount of Rs. 1.50 crores has been already sanctioned and the work is to be
13. LOCATION & ACCESS TO PARVATHA MALAI & ASHRAM:
This wonder hill is situated in Kadaladi P.O., Thiruvannamalai Dist. Tamilnadu (India).
It is about 30 km north west of Thiruvannamalai which is also a sacred shrine and
tourist center known for Annamalaiar Temple and Ramana Ashram. Thiruvannamalai also
attracts pilgrims and devotees from all over the country every full moon day through out the year
for GRIVALAM (trekking the path around the hill which is about 14 km).
Thiruvannamalai is well connected by rail and road from all major towns & cities
in Tamilnadu. Kadaladi can be accessed from Thiruvannamalai only by road. Buses are
plying regularly to and from Thiruvannamalai main bus stand. Kadaladi can also be reached
by private cars, vans and auto etc. from Thiruvannamalai, which takes about
45 minutes. As earlier stated Parvatha Malai can also be climbed from Then-madhi
mangalam or Mambakkam, which are near to Kadaladi. (See Map Above)
As the Trust is a Registered Non-profitable Charitable organization, donations
offered to the Ashram's present day activities as well as for future plans are exempted
from income - tax under section 80 G of the income-tax Act.
Philanthropists and devotees are requested to contribute liberally to the Noble cause
of afforestation' and social welfare schemes undertaken by the Trust which will go a long
way in providing peace and harmony along with the upliftment of socially and
economically backward people around the area.
There is full public support from the local people and local administration for this
charitable cause. A committee of selfless and devoted volunteers (individuals & group) is
being formed to look after the affairs and improvement of social status of the people living
The approximate expenditure incurred for the present activities of the Trust are as follows.
(i). Nitya puja / special pujas 500.00
(ii). Annadhanam at Ashram and Parvatha Malai 5,000.00
(iii). Free education / coaching & medical treatment 500.00
(iv). Goshala (maintenance of cows) 4,000.00
Those who are desirous of donating to the above mentioned daily charitable
activities of the Trust can sponsor for any one of the item or for more, as they wish on
their special occasion in a particular day of the year. They may also visit the Ashram /
Parvatha Malai on these days and directly participate in the activities and have the benefit of the
Grace of the Presiding Deity as well as the blessing of Mahan Mouna Yogi in 'Siddhar Cave'.
For those who can not attend personally on these occasions, 'Prasadham' will be sent by
post to their addresses. Philanthropist / devotees may also contribute to the future plans
and development activities of the Trust. They can sponsor one or more of the schemes
Donation can be made by cash / M.O / Crossed Cheque / D.D and forwarded to
the following address.
Reg. Office : Kadaladi - P.O
PIN 606 908.
For More information, please contact the above addresses or Tel. Nos:
(04188)-244388 (D.O.T) 98423 / 66388 (Cell)