In some temples, lord murugan can be seen in different forms during abhisegam. In swamimalai, in thanjavur district, he appears as gnani during vipoothi abhsegam and as balasubramaniyan during sandal paste. abhisegam.
Lord muruga in swamimalai has elephant as his vehicle and this is a rare thing for worship.When lord muruga is closely watched, heand his place where he is standing appears as a sivalinga form together. 60 steps here are worshipped during english new year and tamil new year by offering coconut, fruits and clothes.It is called thirupadi pooja.Thiruchathai archanai is conducted for devotees who suffer by enemies.This temple is lord murugan's 4 th padai veedu.
Buses are available from kumbakonam to this temple regularly.