The Maruthuva Malai
The Maruthuva Malai also known as the Marunthu Vazhum Malai is one of the most famous tourist spots of Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu, India. It is a genuine place of medicinal herbs, and it forms the part of the Western Ghats.
According to the traditional legend, the Maruthuva Malai is a broken piece of the Sanjeevi Mountain, which had fallen down here, while it was being carried by Hanuman from Mahendragiri to Srilanka in order to heal the severe wounds of Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, the epic hero.
It extends for about a km, reaching a height of 800 feet at the highest point. It is about 11km. from Nagercoil. It is considered as one of the Ayyavazhi holy sites and according to Ayyavazhi Mythology, this sacred hill has been called as Parvatha Ucchi Malai. If we analyse some quotes from Arol Nool and Akilam, we can come to the conclusion that Marunthuvazh Malai is one among the Pathis.
The biography of Lord Sri Pada Sri vallabhawas known as Sri Pada Sri Vallbha Charithamrutham, written in Sanskrit, during the thirteen centaury contains the facts regarding this Marunthu Vazh Malai. It is mentioned in this Holy book that several Siddhas and other holy saints lived in this mountain.
Maruthuva Malai is a holy hilly place that is entirely filled with several life-saving medicinal plants with medicine mixed free air, located just 7 km away from Kanyakumari. It is still occupied with several Monks and Sanayasies, living permanently in Caves.
Being a sacred hill, it is highly helpful to the followers of Sree Narayana and holy sages like Agasthyar, and Parmartha Lingeshwar. At its tip there exists a cave called Pillathadam and this cave got the previlage of being Narayana Guru’s meditating site for several years. Originally, the hisll had a thick forest of vegetation with leopards, Cheetahs, Pythons, and poisonous snakes.