Valli Malai, Tamil Nadu, home of Pongi Amman, a.k.a Valli Amman
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Vallimalai Pongi Devi

Pongi (a la Valli) Amman

One day while Vallimalai Satchidananda Swami was walking on the hill he met Valli in the form of a little girl who sang Virakara Nokkiyam. Swamigal felt very happy and was astonished. He asked the girl who she was.

She said, "It does not matter who I am, but did you not feel very happy in your mind upon hearing my music?"

From that time Valli Malai Swami started singing with rāga and tāla. He gave the name Pongi to Valli. He consecrated her on a rock called Pongi Parai.