Parvatham means mountain 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 panoramic 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 hilltop is a rare one to enjoy more than that at Kanyakumari (South India). At nights visitors can witness the ‘Jyothi Dharshan’ at the hilltop.
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.
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.
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.
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 few fortunate devotees have encountered such ‘miracles’ 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, torchlight and woollen shawl also have to be taken with them.
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.
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’ hilltop. 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.