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 500 years ago, Mahadeva Malai temple was built by a trader of the Pandya kingdom. In this temple the Lord Shivalingam and Nandi are swayambu. The consort of the Lord Shiva is Goddess Kamakshi.

Legend has it that the merchant, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, prayed for His darshan and  asked to go to Kalahasti on Maha Shivaratri day. The merchant started the journey and reached a place called K.V.Kuppam which means Keezh Vazhi Thunai Kuppam and questioning about the route to Kalahasti. He determined that he was far away from Kalahasti and the day was Maha Shivaratri. An old man approached the crestfallen trader promising to show the Lord to him. They reached a hill and the old man turned out to be Shiva, who commanded the devotee to build a temple there. The village from where the trader was met by came to be called Keezh Vazhi Thunai Kuppam
Mahadeva malai temple is located at Mahadevamalai, vellore the state of Tamilnadu. Mahadeva malai is one of the beautiful temples of Lord Shiva. The temple is located at the top of the mountain which is single stone.

The arch welcoming visitors to Mahadeva malai is at the 19th km on the Gudiyatham highway to the west of Katpadi. From Gudiyatham town, the welcome arch to Mahadeva mount is situated at a distance of 11 kilometres on the way to Katpadi. In this mountain main lord is Shiva. Other Lords are Guru Bahavan & Kaliamman.

Sri Sri Maha andha siddha is living in this mountain last 7 years. He gives his blessing to all people who are coming from many places in India. Maha Ananda Siddha was born on December 6, 1930 in Dharmapuri district. For some time he was engaged in the pleasing smell of turmeric trade. When he was thirty five, he began renovation work in many temples in Tamil Nadu under the inspiration of Lord Shiva. Then he started feeding the poor (Annadanam) at Lokuvakulam Bharadhwajeeswarar temple of Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh.

On December 25, 2002, at the time of midnight Lord Shiva appeared before Mahananda and said, "You are very fortunate in this life; you are a siddha with a boon to live for a thousand years; go to Mahadeva Malai and live in a cave there, worship Me and protect the devotees. Lord Shiva disappeared after that.

In obedience to the command of the God, Mahananda Siddha reached Mahadeva mount. Lord Shiva appeared again before Mahananda Siddha and said that he should brush his teeth and take bath only on the first day of Chithirai; he should not seek alms from anyone; all the wealth would be heaped there; he should protect all the living creatures in this mountain from disease and suffering; from that moment he should not eat food to satisfy his hunger or drink water to reduce his thirst. After giving this advice Lord Shiva disappeared.

Mahananda siddha worships the God with flowers that spread fragrance and leaves with good smell. He is a siddha who can meditate by lying on the fire. 
  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.
Don't s:
  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.