They found similarities to Palani there. There was a beautiful stream on the North with fresh water. The soil on the land smelt sandal and appeared in bright saffron in colour.
The serenity of the place fascinated the Brahmins. They realized that it’s Lord Subrahmanya’s wish to sit there and bless the humanity. With the help of people living in the village they constructed a beautiful temple for Subrahmanya Swami. The temple was totally in Kerala architecture style and within short period of time, become very famous.
As the God himself found leaning towards the Venga tree, the temple is called Vengachari temple (chari means “leaning towards” in Malayalam).Venga Chari became Vengeri and later on, the village where the temple is situated also called after the temple as Vengeri.
The temple was in ruins for a long period and devotees were having a tough time due to the ire of the God. It was in 1990, the temple renovation works started, and within few years Sreekovil and Nalambalam structures completed and resurrected in to the glory with Puna-pathishta of the God and started daily pooja. Now eminent committee of devotees takes care of the daily routine, special programs and annual festivals of the temple.
God, who does not have a beginning or an end, takes incarnations (avatar) to destroy the evildoers and to save his devotees. The following is the story about the avatar of Lord Subrahmanya.
Sati was reborn as Parvati, the daughter of Himavaan after her immolation at the venue of Daksha’s yagna. At this time, Shiva withdrew himself from the universe and engaged himself in yogic meditation in the Himalayas. In the meanwhile, Surapadman (an asura) ravaged the earth and tormented its beings.
It was realized by the gods that only the son born of Shiva could lead the gods to victory over Tarakasuran, Surapadman and their companions. They plotted with Kamadeva, to shoot a arrow of lust at Shiva, as he sat in meditation, so as to make him fall in love with Parvati. When Kama aimed his arrow, Shiva opened his third eye and burned Kamadeva into ashes instantly.
The sparks of the fiery seed of Shiva were unbearable; even the fire God Agni could not bear them; this fire was then transported by the river Ganga into the Saravana forest into a pond called the Saravana Poigai (located at mouths of river Ganga), where the sparks became six children.
The children were nursed by the six Krittikas or Kartikas - the star maids, this earned Subhrahmanya the name Karthikeya. To witness this Avatara of the saviour, all the Devas hastened to the tank along with Lord Siva and Parvati. Parvati, out of the extreme fondness of a mother, took up the babies together and called them Skanda. At this time, instead of them remaining as six separate individual babies, there arose the form of one deity with six faces and twelve hands. Devas called the boy Shanmukha or Arumuga. Since he was born in the Saravana he was also called 'Saravanabhava'.
Murugan became the supreme general of the gods then escorted the devas and led the army of the devas to victory against the asuras. The six heads represent six attributes, viz., Wisdom, Dispassion, Strength, Fame, Wealth and Divine Power. Subrahmanya has two spouses, Valli and Deivanai. They represent will (Valli) and action (Deivanai). He also holds a spear given by his mother for removing the evil force of Taraka. This spear (Vel) represents (Gnana) knowledge. These three together denote the three cosmic energies of governing will, action and knowledge.
Lord Subrahmanya rides on a peacock, indicative of conquering pride egoism and vanity. His other names are: Kumaresan, Kandhaswami, Dandapani, Dandayuthapani, Guhan and Velayudhan.