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

Murugan woos Valli Amma

After destroying Surapadma, Lord Muruga restored the Indra Loka to Indra. As a gift Indra gave his daughter Devayanai to Lord Murugan in wedlock. Valli was born on Valli Malai and brought up by Vedda king Nambi Raj.

Lord Muruga woos Valli in a series of disguises, starting as a handsome young Vedar.
Finally Lord Muruga has to enlist the aid of his brother Ganesa to trick Valli into agreeing to marry Him.

Valli and Lord Muruga played a lot of leelas for nearly twelve years and ultimately married. This hillock where Valli was born therefore gets the name Valli Malai.

During the annual ten-day Valli Malai festival, after the Valli Tirumanam, all sumangalis married women with living husband are offered mangal sutra, kumkuma red vermilion and turmeric powder presented by Tiruppukazh Asramam.