The temple of Lord Subramanya, one of the six houses of Lord Muruga, is where the son taught the efficacy of the Pranava mantra to his father, Lord Shiva. The day of Krittika is very important and thousands of people worship the Lord every month on this day. Swamimalai is 8kms from the central bus stand, near Kumbakonam. Swamimalai is in the Thanjavur District. Every New Yearrs day, Thirupadi Vizha (Puja for the holy steps) is conducted with great pomp and grandeur. The Kavadi and Carrying of Milk Pots is done daily adding on to the uniqueness of this holy shrine.