Temples in and around Coimbatore (Kongu region)

Places Covered: Velliangiri, Pollachi, Anamalai, Udumalpet, Palladam, Kangeyam, Thiruppur, Avinasi, Mettupalayam, Sathyamangalam and Bannari

All the temples in this directory have been marked out here:

Last Updated: 22nd Feb 2019



1) Sri Rathna Vinayagar temple
2) Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
3) Sri Annapoorneswari Amman Temple

Sri Sangameswarar (Kottai Easwaran) Temple and Sri Koniamman temple at Kottaimedu

The two temples are located near the Townhall.
The main deity is a Swayambu lingam with ambal Koniamman in the nearby temple.
In the 13th Century, Karikalan came here along with Kovan, the leader of the Irula commuity. When they cleared off the bushes to build the temple for Sangeeswaramudaiyar, Konamakali as Durgai appeared before them and asked for sacrifice. They promised to offer her the sacrifice after building the temple. They built a complete township in the name of Kovan puthur with fort, temple for Sangeeswaramudaiyar and the temple tank. As per their promise they offered sacrificial poojas to Durgai also. Now the Durgai is sitting as the protective God in the name Koniamman for Kovan puthur, now called as Coimbatore.
During the rule of the Mysore dynasty, one of the Kings renovated the Amman temple and consecrated the ‘KoniAmman’ in the style of ‘Mahisasuramardhini’.

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Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Amman Temple near Townhall 

The temple is located at Raja Street

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Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple at Ukkadam
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Sri Kari Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Kottai
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Sri Ulagalandha Perumal Temple at Singanallur

The bronze idol of Trivikrama in this temple is very ancient.

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Sri Raghavendra Swamy Brindhavan

Located at Sullivan street

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Sri Venugopala Krishnan Temple

Located at Sullivan street next to Raghavendhra Swamy Temple

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Sri Murugan Temple near Gandhi Park
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Sri Thandu Mariamman Temple

This highly popular temple is located right at the centre of the city on the Avinashi Road. It is said that the Goddess showed Herself in the dream of a soldier of Tippu Sultan army. When searched, She was found under a neem tree in the nearby forest.

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Sringeri Sri Saradhambal Temple

Sri Saradhambal Temple situated on the Race course is a branch of the Sri Sarada Sringeri Peetam. Ganapathy Homam is conducted every morning, The temple premises are maintained spic & span. Sri Saradambal is always radiantly decorated in silk clothe, gold ornaments, gold padam and heavily decked with garlands of flowers. To the left there is a Kalyana Mandapam attached to the temple.

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Sri Kothandaramar temple at Ramnagar
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Sri Ayyappa Temple at Sidhapudur

The temple, built in 1976, is located at Sree Ayyappa Road in Sidhapudur.

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Pappanaickan palayam

1) Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
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Sri Ashtamsa Varadar Anjaneyar temple at Peelamedu

Different beautiful alankarams on different days is the specialty of the temple.

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Sri Varasidhi Vinayagar and Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Vignesh Nagar

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Sri Munthi Vinayagar Temple at Puliakulam

Munthi Vinayagar temple at Puliakulam, 4 km from Coimbatore city centre, is located right at the centre of cross roads. The temple was built in 1993 and the deity is said to be the biggest single stone granite idol in Asia weighing 14 tonnes.

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Around Coimbatore

Sri Subramanya Swamy temple at Marudhamalai

Location: The base of the hill is about 12 kms North-West of Coimbatore. The temple is on a small hill with 800+ steps. There is also a road for vehicles directly to the hill top.


  • For the temple lovers, Marudhamalai has almost become synonymous with Coimbatore.
  • This temple is regarded as the seventh army camp (Padaiveedu) of Lord Muruga.
  • Swayambu Murugars with consorts, Swayambu Vinayagar and Pambatti Siddhar caves

Main deity: Bala Dhandayuthabani

The temple figures in ancient scriptures like Sage Kachyapar’s Perur Puranam.
Aadhi Murugar:
On the hilltop, by the side of the main shrine, there is a shrine for Aadhi Murugar with His consorts Valli and Deivanai – all the three are Swayambu mootrthams. This is the original sanctum sanctorum of the hill. Even now, pooja is performed first to this Aadhi Murugar and then to the present Dhandayuthapani.
Pancha Vruksha Vinayakar:
By the side of the main shrine, there is a group of 5 trees (Pancha Vruksha) – Arasu, Aththi, Neem, Vanni and Korakkatai – entwined together under which Vinayagar graces.  Lord Muruga is present by his side with His weapon Vel and vehicle  peacock.
Pambatti Siddhar:
Pambatti Siddhar, one of the 18 siddhars used to live in the company of snakes and make them dance to his tunes. Once, in the course of his wanderings, he chanced to meet one, Sattai Muni Siddhar, a contemporary and counterpart who initiated him into the art of entering into trances – the Jeeva Samadhi Nilai. Once he transmigrated into the dead body of a king and performed great miracles. He composed songs of enlightenment and his ‘Siddharudam’ is a work of his prophetic genius. Lord Muruga took joy in teasing and tantalizing the Siddha with his spiritual pranks. Once as an enormous boulder came down, rolling gaining momentum, the siddha tried to halt it, arrested its movement and averted a great havoc.
Pambati Siddhar cave:
‘Pambati Siddhar Cave’ is located on the slope to the south-east of the temple. There is an underground passage from the cave to the primal shrine through which the Pambatti Siddhar wended his way everyday to worship Lord Subramanyar. Pambatti Siddhar used this cave as his abode for meditation on Lord Muruga and attained salvation here. A notable feature is that there is an image of a snake on the rock which was formed of its own and not carved out. Poojas are performed to Pambatti Siddhar also after poojas to Lord Muruga. A bowl of milk is left in this shrine daily which is found consumed partially the next day. It is believed that Pambatti Siddhar uses this milk for poojas to Lord Muruga.
Arthajama Pooja:
Like Palani Muruga idol was made by Bogar Siddhar, the idol of Lord Muruga here was also made by Pambatti Siddhar which is adoring the sanctum sanctorum in the temple. As in Palani, here also, He is gracing with a staff as Dhandapani, He has a tuft too, wearing anklets at the feet. The Lord graces in three styles of dressings (Alankaras) Royal form, sacred ash and sandal paste dressings. On special days, the Lord is covered with silver and gold ornaments, crown etc. Only during the Arthjama Puja, Lord Muruga appears as Dandapani (holding a stick in Hand) in a simple form wearing a dhoti.
On one side of Marudha malai, we have Velliangiri hills in the form of Shiva and to the other side we have Neela malai (Nilgiris – Ooty) which is considered as Paravathi swaroopam and hence Marudha malai is considered as the Somaskandha swaroopam.
Also, the shrine of Lord Muruga is present between Lord Patteeswarar shrine on the right side and Mother Maragadhambika shrine on the left side in Somaskanda form.
Thanthondri Vinayakar:
While climbing through the steps, there is a shrine for Thanthondri Vinayaka as swayambu with an elephant head only (without body), His tusk showing the shrine at the top of the hill. Another Vinayaka idol also is installed here nearby. The first pooja is performed to the Swayambu Vinayaka followed by the one to the other Vinayaka.  Hence, this Vinayaka is praised as ‘Beloved Brother Vinayaka.’ Devotees visiting this temple should worship this Vinayaka before proceeding on the steps.
Muruga riding a horse:
Though the known vehicle of Lord Muruga is peacock, in some temples, He is taken on a horse also in procession. The story behind this tradition is this: In days of yore, some robbers entered the temple and escaped with their booty. Lord Muruga intercepted them and recovered the stolen items and converted them into rocks. The foot step signs of the horses are still visible on a rock called ‘horse foot print stone – Kudirai Kulambukal’. There is a sculpture depicting Lord Muruga on a horse. These can be seen while climbing through the steps.
Idumban Shrine:
While climbing through steps, in the shrine of Idumban, the image of the deity is carved on a huge round rock in the posture of carrying a Kaavadi. Married couples having no issues worship the deity and offer toy cradles with the firm faith of being blessed with progeny by the Grace of God.

Arunagirinathar had sung Thiruppugazh hymns on this Lord Muruga.

Two springs ‘Marudha Theertham’ and ‘Pambatti Sunai’ are on the hills. It is said that the holy spring Marudha Theertham springs from the bottom of a Marudha tree which is used for the abishekam of Lord Muruga. A dip in them cures a number of diseases because of their medicinal properties.
Sthala Vruksham:
The hill is full of Marudham trees and herbal plants containing high medicinal properties. Marudha tree is the holy tree of the temple.

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Sri Murugan Temple at Anuvavi

Location: The hill temple is located at around 18 kms North-West of Coimbatore city via Kanuvai en route Anaikatti in a beautiful environment. We have to climb around 500 steps to reach the main shrine.

When Lord Anjaneya was on his way back bringing Sanjeevi hill he felt very thirsty and stopped in this place to quench his thirst. Unfortunately Lord Anjaneya could not find water in that area. So Anjaneya prayed to Lord Muruga for water. As an answer to Anjaneya’s prayer Lord Muruga appeared with Deivanai and with the help of His weapon “VEL” pierced on this hill and water started to ooze out from the hill which helped Lord Anjaneya to quench His thirst. Even today the villagers of this area use the natural water from that particular pond for drinking and other purposes.
The name Anuvavi in Tamil means Anu (Hanuman) + Vavi (Spring) and reminds us of this legend.

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Sri Virundheeswarar Temple at Vada Madurai

Distance: 8 kms North of town.
Main deity: Virundheeswarar as a Swayambu lingam with Viswa nayaki amman.
Significances: There are two lingas in one sanctum; A big linga at the back and a small linga at the front.
Sundarar came here after worshipping Lord Avinashilingeswarar in Avinashi temple, in a fainting state due to acute hunger.  A couple treated them with all love with drumstick leaves food.  Sundarar regained strength and came to know that the hosts were none other than Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi.  As they hosted (offering virundhu) Sundarar, the Lord is called Virundeeswarar.  Virundhu in Tamil means hosting meal.
While we usually see Lord Nataraja dancing with His long hair flying wide, the Lord dances here with His hair well dressed. He also granted all powers to His vehicle Nandhi in this temple. Following this sanction, other temples began the Adhikara Nandhi practice later. Adhikaram in Tamil means power.

Prayers: Couple separated due to some reason or other pray here for reunion.
Sthala Vruksham: Drumstick

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Sri Patteeswarar Temple at Perur

Location: 6 kms South-West of Coimbatore town on the Southern bank of Noyyal river.
Significances: Thevara Vaipu Sthalam
Main deity: Patteeswarar as Swayambu linga with Goddess Maragatha valli / Pachai nayaki.
Kamadenu worshipped Lord Shiva of this place for many years. Calf of Kamadenu known as Patti, by mistake stamped shiva linga, which was covered with mud and it was not able to pull out its leg. So Kamadenu tried to clear the mud by its horns and blood started oozing out from the place. Kamadenu was worried and Shiva revealed Himself from the spot. We can see the mark of the horns of Kamadenu and hooves of the calf on the Shiva linga. The place is known as Kamadenupuram and Lord Shiva known as Patteeswarar.
Kamadhenu, Vyagrapadar, Padhanchali, Parasuramar, Kalva rishi, Sundharar, Pandavas, Karikal Chola, Kulasekara Pandian, Muchukundan Arunagiri nathar and others have visited this place.
Karikala Chola built this temple 1800 years back.
The sanctum sanctorum of Lord Patteswara is facing the east and behind the main deity we can find the divine cow Kamadenu with its calf Patti. Behind the moolavar the Saptha Lingas and Sahasra Linga (Thousand Lingas carved in a single Linga) are present.
Bairavar is without vahana in this place which is unusual and known as Gnana bairavar.
Both Vishnu durgai and Shiva durgai are present which is rare again.
Hanuman is of four and half feet and  made of single wood known as etti maram.
Appar and Sundarar had sung Thevara hymns of this sthalam.
Subramanayaswamy is in Dandayudhapani form and this is one of the only three places where the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Muruga is facing the west, the other two being Palani and Thiruvannamalai. Arunagiri nadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugan.
Arjuna performing penance on a needle point and butter dripping out of Vennai Krishnan’s mouth are some exquisite sculptures.
The brave stone (Veerakkal) symbolizing bravery is also present.
Kanaka Sabha:
The Kanaka sabha having Natarajar and Sivakami ammai is very popular for the huge and beautiful sculptures carved on pillars in the ranks of Madurai Meenakshi amman temple. There are eight magnificent moorthies on the pillars and they are Urthuva thandavam, Bitchadana moorthy, Gajasamhara moorthy, Agora veerabadharar, Agni Veerabadhara moorthy, Alangattu Kali amman, Nirthya Ganapathy and Subramanya swamy. The Natarajar and Sivakami ammai sculptures are made by Kamaban achari in 28 years period. There are 36 pillars in total. The pillars that surround the idols of Lord Nataraja and Sivakami ammai are inclined as if to indicate humility. A carving of Nataraja’s hair settling down indicates his calm posture after dance.
The Nataraja of this temple is the most significant after Chidambaram and the place is also called Western Chidambaram (Melai Chidambaram) in ancient scriptures. Every September  the grand dance festival ‘Perur Natyanjali’ takes place here (like in Chidambaram) for which dancers all over the world throng to perform.
On the day of Kumbabishega of the temple a young man pointed at the pillar and said that it had a flaw. When he was asked to prove it, he ordered that the entire pillar should be smeared with sandal wood paste. The next day, it was found that one particular spot in the pillar was still moist. When that place was broken a toad was found inside that pillar. Seeing this, Kamban achari cut his hand as a punishment to himself for the mistake he had committed. Till today that pillar remains half broken.

Wonders of the place:

  • The place is known as Dakshina Kailasam and one can attain Mukthi by worshipping the deity of this place.
  • There is a tamarind tree in front of the temple, near the temple tank, known as “Pirava puli” (the unborn Tamarind), meaning that its seeds will not germinate wherever sown. It is symbolic of the fact that people who worship Patteeswarar here will attain salvation and be freed from the birth and death cycle.
  • The Palm tree nearby is praised as “Irava Panai” (the deathless palm), meaning that those devoted to Lord Patteeswara would ever be standing straight with name and fame.
  • There will be no worms in the cow dung in the surrounding area.
  • Pilgrims from all over visit this temple to pay homage to their ancestors, as it is believed that  the bones of those dead when placed in the Noyyal river flowing near by the temple, turn into white stones after about 144 days.
  • It is believed that Lord utters the five lettered Na Ma Shi Va Ya mantra on the ears of those dead and takes them with Him. The dying creatures in this area are said to keep their right ear upwards always.

Sthala Vruksham: Peepal (Arasu)
Theertham: Chakra theertham, Brahma theertham
Temple Timings 6 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 8:30 PM
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Other temples in the complex:

  • The Pattivinayakar temple dedicated to Ganesha is a beautiful one.
  • Keeping with the legend that Shiva here was worshipped by Brahma and Vishnu in the forms of the sages Gomuni and Patti muni, there are two additional temples to Shiva on the banks of the temple tank. One of these temples is known as the Arasambalavaanar temple, where legend has it that Shiva revealed a vision of his cosmic dance to the two sages under a Peepal tree.This is also a full fledged Saivite temple with shrines to Arasambalavaanar, Ambaal and others. There are also shrines to Bairavar and Natarajar.
  • The North Kailya and South Kailaya temples guard the two directions of the temple.

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Sri Venugopla Swamy Temple at Kovaipudhur

The temple is located at Kovaipudhur at about 10 kms south of Coimbatore

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Sri Dharmalingeswarar temple at Madukkarai

Location: 13 kms South of Coimbatore en route Palakkad. The temple is near the Marappalam bus stop at Madukkarai.
Deities: Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambu murthi.
Those seeking justice and success in court cases worship here, as Dharma the eldest of Pandavas, worshipped the Lord here
During their exile, Pandavas visited this place and worshipped Lord Shiva here with Bheema at the foot hill as a security to his brothers. There is a statue of Bheema here worshipped as the custodian deity of the village.
The height of the hill is about 300 metres. There are about 400 steps to reach the temple and it may take about 30-45 minutes to reach the top.  Lord Vinayaka and the Navagraha shrines are at the foot of the hill. There is a mango tree near the Navagraha shrine that yields fruits with three different tastes.  Devotees undertake Girivalam – circumambulating around the hill on Poornima-full moon days.

Sthala Vruksham: Vilwa
Timings: 6 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM
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Ratnagiri Sri Murugan Temple at Karattumedu (Saravanampatti)

Location: The temple is 13 km North-East of Coimbatore en route Sathyamangalam. Those travelling by Coimbatore-Satyamangalm bus should get down at Saravanampatti and the temple is about a km from the bus stand.
The temple is on a small hill with a Girivala path around.

Speciality: Lord Swayambu Vinayaka appearing from a rock graces in the temple.
Deities: Lord Sri Muruga graces with four hands on His peacock facing the left side.
A demon performed penance on Lord Shiva and got some extra ordinary powers. With that he was harassing the Devas. Once the demon saw Indira, the King of Devas in his hideout and chased him.  Indira reached this Ratnagiri mount where Lord Muruga changed him as a peacock, his vehicle.  The demon returned disappointed.  The incident  took place here, according to scriptures.
Prayers and Poojas:
Poo parithal (picking flowers):
In olden days, boys and girls related to each other qualifying a marriage liberty (Murai Mappillai and Murai Penn) visit the temple together on Mattu Pongal day.  The bridegroom-boy will offer the flowers to his fiancee.  They will then offer garlands to the Lord with the prayer to unite them in wedlock.  The custom has vanished in the modern days.  Yet, lovers aware of the custom visit here to pray to Lord Muruga to succeed in their love affair. The belief still remains that any one bringing flowers, making a garland himself/herself and offer it to the Lord will have the life partner of his/her choice. After marriage, they come again to offer their grateful prayer to the Lord to have wise children.

Timings: 6 AM to 2 PM and 4 PM to 7:30 PM
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Sri Theneeswarar Temple at Vellalur
A Chola Temple and a Kala Bairava Parihara Sthalam
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Coimbatore – Velliangiri

This western side of Coimbatore is the most picturesque location comprising Velliangiri hills, Esha Yoga centre, Kovai Kutralam and Siruvani dam.

Sri Naagalingeshwarar temple at Kottai Kaadu or Muttam

Route: Coimbatore, Thondamuthur, Narasipuram, Kottai Kaadu.
Legend says that this place was once known as Muttam, a trading post during Pandiya period. The temple here was built more than 1000 years ago, and in fact, money from this temple was used to build the famous Pateeswarar Temple at Perur. Kaanjima nadhi, a small stream flows nearby.

The temple’s main deity is Lord Shiva adorned with the name Muttathu Naagalingeshwarar and His consort Goddess Parvathi is in the name Muthuvaaliamman. The other deities include Vinayagar, Subramaniar, Dakshinamoorthy, Perumal and Sandikeshwarar.
The temple carries the symbols of the Chera, Chola and the Pandya kingdoms, implying that the kings were patrons to this temple.

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Sri Velliangiri nathar temple at Velliangiri hills

Location: Velliangiri, celebrated as ‘South Kailash’, is a group of seven hills and is a part of the western ghat. The base of the hill is located at about 30 kms West of Coimbatore. The Siruvani dam supplying drinking water to Coimbatore and the beginning of Noyyal river are in this place.  It is a dense forest throughout the 5.5 Km from the first to the seventh hill.
Arjunan penanced on Lord Shiva here and Shiva appeared before him as a hunter. He fought with Arjuna as a play and granted the Pasupatha weapon.
It is said that Mother Sita performed penance on Lord Shiva at the fifth hill.
Agasthiar, Vishnu, Murugan, Narathar worshipped Shiva here
Lord Brahmma was here worshipping Lord Shiva praised as Patti Muni in Perur. Sage Kalaba, son of Sage Kashyapa also was here with Brahmma worshipping the Lord with a bath in the Noyyal River.  Pleased with their worship, Lord Shiva took them to Velli Mandram and granted His dance darshan with Mother Uma.  That spot is the Swamigiri Malai at the seventh hill.
The base of the Velliangiri is called Poondi and trekking for the hill starts from the base temple there. Here, we can see the popularly known Poondi Vinayakar; Velliangiri nadhar with Soundara nayaki amman. The Lord of Velliangiri resides in the seventh hill at an altitude of 6000 feet. In the 6 feet wide cave temple, Lord Shiva graces the devotees as Pancha (Five) Lingas in the form of Swayambu moorthy. Two rocks on either side of the shrine appear as natural Dwarapalakas.
Whereas the base temple is open all through the year, the hill trekking is taken only during the Tamil months Panguni and Chithirai covering March to May.  Snowstorms, hails and severe chillness make it difficult for the pilgrims to climb on other days.
The first six hills from the ground are said to be the six Chakras in human body viz. Mooladara, Swadishtana, Manipooraka, Anakatha, Vishuddhi and Agnga.  The seventh, the abode of Lord Shiva, is the Sahasrara visible to the wise.  It is also known as Shiva Jyothi Dance Hill.
Only those with a well built physic and mental determination can take up the trekking.   The first and the seventh hill are difficult to tread. Kaithatti Chunai is at the second hill and the Pambatti Chunai is at the third where devotees can quench their thirst.  The Andi Chunai in the sixth hill is praised as the Manasa Sarover of the South Kailash.  People proceed further only after a bath here.  The seventh hill though appear easier at a look is indeed very steep to trek.  The sand in the fifth hill being the sacred ash, it is called Thiruneer Malai – Hill of sacred ash. It is said that even today there are many Siddhas around the place invisible to human eye.
One can leave by 6 a.m. in the morning and reach the summit by 10 to 11 AM. After worshipping, one can start the descend by 2 PM and reach the foothills by 6.PM. People in large numbers climb this hill every full moon day and new moon day. Carrying a rain coat, a plastic sheet, food items, water bottles, a torch light and a bamboo staff will be helpful. Very few springs are available in the hills. So it is better to carry enough drinking water. The forest is home for wild animals such as bears, panthers, elephants, wild buffaloes and snakes. So, one has to be very cautious. It is advisable not to go alone.

Timing: 7 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5:45 PM
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Dhyana lingam – Isha Yoga Centre

The popular Isha Yoga Centre of Sadguru Sri Jaggi Vasudev is about 3 kms from the Poondi base temple.

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Coimbatore – Pollachi


Location: Echanari is located at about 10 kms from Coimbatore and the Vinayagar temple is highly popular.

1) Sri Vinayakar Temple

Main deity: The main deity, Vinayagar, stands 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide
Importance: The temple is highly popular and all vehicles passing through, stop by, offer prayers to the Vinayagar and then continue.
The temple was built in 1500 A.D. The sthalapuranam states that this deity was taken to be installed at Perur Patteeswarar temple from Madurai. On its way, here, they stopped for rest and when they wanted to continue their journey they could not lift the Vinayagar. So the Lord settled down here as per His wish.

Dharshan Timings: 5 AM to 10 PM
Daily Poojas:
At 5.30 AM – GanapathyHomam; 6.30 AM & 6.30 PM – Moolavar Abhishekam,
Golden chariot procession – after Moolavar Abishekam.

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2) Sri Mahalakshmi temple

The temple is a newly constructed private temple. There are huge granite idols of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Also there are small brass idols of Dakshina moorthy, Dhanvanthri and Brahma on the sides of outer wall of the sanctum. There is a huge Anjeneya in granite placed outside the sanctum and within the compound. The temple is well maintained and surrounded by flowering plants in plenty.

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Othakkal mandapam

Location: 15 kms from Coimbatoore

1) Sri Putridam kondeesar temple

Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Putridamkondeesar with Poongkodai nayaki amman in a different sanctum.

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2) Sri Navakodi Narayana Perumal temple

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Muthumalai Sri Murugan temple at MuthuGoundanur, Kinathukadavu

In the high way of Coimbatore — Pollachi, just before reaching Kinathukadavu there is a road towards west to reach a village in the name of Veerapagoundanur. Within a reach of about 12 kilometers there is a hill called as “MUTHU MALAI”. Upon the hill a temple is beautifully located and the profound grace of “Lord Muruga” will spell all over the atmosphere.

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Ponmalai Sri Velayuthaswamy temple at Kinathukkadavu

Main deity: Subramanya swamy known as Velayutha swamy.
Murugan is the parihara for all Raghu doshas. This temple in addition is associated with Paambaatti Siddhar who was known for his friendship with snakes. Hence, this temple assumes great significance for all those who suffer from the ill effects of Raghu.
When a Zamindhar wanted to go to Palani, he fell sick and could not go. Murugar came in his dream and said that he has set his foot at the Ponmalai and asked him to worship that. He built the temple. Even today, the first pooja is done only to the footprints of Lord Muruga.
Arunagiri nathar sang Thiruppugazh on this Murugar.

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Sri Mariamman and Vinayagar temple at Sulakkal

Location: After Kinathukadavu, just before Kovilpalayam (10 kms before Pollachi), we have to take a diversion towards left (West) for about 3 kms to reach the temple
Main deity: Swayambu Marriamman holding the Thrisoolam.
Soolam and Swayambu stone of Mahamayi led to the name of the place as Sulakkal. Sulakkal Mari is mentioned in the Tamil Sangam literatures as Vadakku Vayil Selvi as She is facing the North (Vadakku in Tamil means North). All the abishek and pujas are performed to the Swayambu murthy only. Mariamman appears near the Swayambu in the form of idol. This is one of the important Mariamman temples in Coimbatore district. As there was a trident (Shoolam) near the Swaymbu the Goddess is called Sulakkal Mariamman. Mother Mariamman is gracing the 400 year old sanctum sanctorum in a sitting form with her right leg folded and holding Udukkai and a sword in the right hands and trident and a skull in the left hands.
People worship Amman here to get rid of evil forces.
On Tuesdays & Fridays: 6 AM  to 8 PM.
On other weekdays: 6 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 8 PM

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Sri Kasi Viswanathar – Vadakkalur amman temple at Vadakkaipalayam
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Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman Temple at Devanampalayam

One of the many temples of Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.

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Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman temple at Kurumbapalayam

One of the many temples of Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.

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Sri Subramania Swamy Temple

This temple is of high architectural value.
The temple was built during the period of Kongu Sundara Pandian and Kongu Tribhuvana Chakravarthi Vikrama Chola 700 years ago and the Lord was called ‘Thiru Agatheeswaram Udayar’ according to epigraphic findings.   Hence, this could have been a famous Shiva temple in the past. In due course, it has become a Subramanyar Temple.
The idol of the presiding deity Lord Muruga with its covering frame (Thiruvachi) and the peacock are made of a single stone. Lord Muruga graces the devotees with His consorts Valli and Deivanai with one face and four hands. He is in a sitting posture holding Shakti and Vajram weapons in the upper hands.  His lower hands are showing the Abhaya and Varada Mudras.   Valli and Deivanai appear with a flower in one hand and show the Katya Valambitha mudras in the other hand.  The peacock with its head on the left side is known as Deva Mayil.
The shrine of Lord Sundareswarar and Mother Meenakshi is on the south of Lord Muruga shrine with a wedding hall on 24 pillars opposite to these shrines speaking volumes of sculptural skills.  Saints Tirugnana Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Kamadenu pouring its milk on Shivalinga, Kannappa Nayanar, Parvathi-Parameswara wedding, sage Markandeya, Lords Muruga and Vinayaka and Dasavatharas are very realistically depicted in the pillars before the Lord shrine.  The pillars before the shrine of Mother have such beautiful expressions of Mothers Saraswathi, Mahalakshmi, Kamakshi, Kali, Mari Amman, Arthnareeswara, Govardhana Giridhari, Lord Sri Rama, Mother Sita, Sri Hanuman and Kalinga Nardana Kannan.
The temple is facing east with one Prakara.  The Rajagopuram is opposite the shrine of Lord Shiva.  The roof of the mandap has also sculptures of the Zodiac sign.  There is also a Yali (a lion-like animal) with three rings hanging from its mouth as a chain.

Dharshan Timings: 6 AM to 12 noon and 4 PM to 8:30 PM

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Sri Mariamman temple at Pollachi

This is highly popular temple of Pollachi and is a Prarthana temple for the people over here.

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Sri Karivaradharajar Perumal Temple at Pollachi

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Sri Seetharama Anjaneya temple at Pollachi

Located in the chatram road

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Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman temple at Sangampalayam

Located at 2.5 kms north of Pollachi, this is one of the temples Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.

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Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman temple at Kanjampatti

Located at about 8 kms South-East of Pollachi, this is one of the temples of Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.

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Pollachi – Aanaimalai

Sri Maasani amman temple at Aanai malai

Located at about 15 kms South-West of Pollachi and 45 kms from Coimbatore at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream.
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The presiding deity Goddess Maasani Amman is seen in a lying posture facing the sky measuring about 17 feet from head to foot. The deity is depicted with four hands; two placed on the ground and two raised above.
As Devi is in a crematorium (Mayanam) in a reclining form (Sayana), She was named Mayana Sayani.  As there were huge numbers of elephants here, the place is called Anaimalai (Anai-Elephant).  Pathitrupathu, Sangam literature mentions the place as Umbarkadu.
In the Sangam Era, Anaimalai was known as Nannanur and ruled by a chieftain called Nannan. There was a dense grove of mango trees belonging to him. Appointing checkpost officials, he had proclaimed punitive measures against trespassers. An unfortunate young woman who was bathing in the river Aliyar saw a mango fruit coming to her, floating on the water and ate it. The angry chieftain rewarded her capital punishment.Filled with fury and indignation, the kith and the kin of the ill-faded woman took arms against the unscrupulous chieftain and killed him in a battle near Vijayamangalam. The body of the hapless women was buried in the graveyard. An image of hers was made and people started worshipping it every Thursday and Friday. Soon a temple was built for the women, commemorating her martyrdom.
Viswamithra asked Rama to help him complete his yagna which was disturbed by Thadakai. Rama in turn worshiped Devi to help him out in His mission. Devi asked Rama to make an idol of Devi in sand and worship. So Rama made an idol of the mother in the reclining form with the crematorium sand and worshipped Her.
Devotees pray here for solutions for family problems, for losses due to breach of trust and theft, mental worries, safety of children and for reliefs from spells and witchcraft effects.
Girls facing physical problems during puberty pray Mother Masaniamman.
The Prasad offered in the temple is called Pachilam Marundu.
An unique worship to the ‘Justice Stone’ is in custom here. For seeking divine justice, for the recovery of stolen/lost articles etc.,, devotees apply ground chillies on the ‘Justice Stone’ in the temple.  Devotees also place their grievances in writing and tie it in the hands of Devi.  It is strongly believed that solution would knock the doors of the applicant within 90 days.
The annual Kundam Festival celebrated here is a major draw attended by thousands of devotees amid much pomp and splendor.

Temple timings: 6 AM to 8 PM

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Pollachi – Palakkad

Sri Amaneeswara temple at Devambadhi Valasu

Normally Lord Shiva is seen with only one devi, Parvathi, in different names / manifestation but here He is seen with Goddess Parvathi on one side and Goddess Ganga on the other side.
The temple is considered to be the place where Devars (Celestial Gods) are living and that’s why the name Devambadhi (Devar + padi).
Bhagiratha, a King of the Surya (Sun) dynasty, performed severe penance for thousands of years to bring down Akash Ganga to gain salvation for his ancestors and perform tarpan.   When She-Ganga came down with a devastating velocity, Lord Shiva spread His long hair to control Her speed and save the Earth.   He allowed Ganga to pass through a hole in His hair bunch.  As Ganga stayed in the head of the Lord, She assumed the status of Lord’s consort.
The Lord is in the meditative posture, sitting in Padmasana with half closed eyes.
The small temple stands in a scenic environment.
There are no deities in the koshtam; no Balipeeta or flag post.
Nandi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva, is before the sanctum wearing Rudraksha.
Lord Vinayaka and Navagrahas are in the prakara-corridor.
Sri Chandikeswara is with Lord Shiva.
Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Vembu Vinayaka.
Since there are two Mothers, devotees are assured of multiple benefits
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Neem tree is normally seen as the sacred tree only in Sakthi temples and so the Neem tree here assumes greater importance because of the presence of two Devis in the temple.
The temple is open from 6 AM to 12 noon and from 4 to 7 PM.

Contact: 04259 – 290 932, 98437 17101

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Pollachi – Udumalpet

Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman Temple at Thippampatti

One of the many temples of Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.

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1) Sri Mariamman temple

The temple, located within the town, is very popular and the deity is Swayambu Marriamman.
The temple is open from 6 AM to 12 noon and 4 to 9 PM
Contact: 04252 – 224 755

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2) Sri Prasanna Vinayagar (Mettu Vinayagar) Temple

This is a fairly big temple near the Mariamman temple in the heart of the town with shrines for almost all the Gods for both Saivaites and Vaishnavites.
A 6 feet tall Lord Vinayaka is gracing in the temple along with His mouse vahana which is also big. The temple has shrines for Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi amman, Sowriraja Perumal, Kannapuranayaki  Thaayar, Brahmma, Dakshinamoorthy, Durga, Murugar with His consorts, Chandikeswarar, Natarajar, Navagrahas, Bairavar, Naalvar,  Hanuman, Aandal and so on..
Lord Aadhi Vinayaka worshipped by Tippu Sultan is installed behind the Lord Kasi Viswanathar under the Arasu – bothi tree.
Lord Brahmma graces under the Vanni tree.
Lord Sowriraja Perumal with His consort Kannapuranayaki graces from the Northwest with Sri Anjaneya to His left.
The front hall has a sculpture depicting the Zodiac circle in all artistic beauty.

Sthala Vruksham: Vilwa, Vanni and Arasu trees
Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 noon and 4:30 to 9 PM
Contact: 04252 – 221 048

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3) Sri Srinivasa Anjaneya Perumal temple
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4) Sittandiswarar Temple
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Sri Amanalingeswarar Temple at Thirumoorthi hill

Location: 20 kms from Udumalaipettai.
Main deity: Amana lingeswarar with Parvathi devi.
Temple: Thirumoorthi Temple is situated at the foot of the Thirumoorthi hills adjoining the Thirumoorthi dam. The scenic beauty of the Anamalai hill range of Western Ghats, includes the cascading water to the Thirumoorthi reservoir from the Panchalingam falls. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple.
It is an old temple with beautiful setting and some rare sculptures with a spacious front hall.
It is also believed that Jain priests or Samanar lived in the hills when Jainism flourished in Tamil Nadu. The huge rock which is worshiped as Thirumoorthi has a sculpture of a Jain priest. A popular belief is that this rock rolled down from the hills few centuries ago during a flood. This is supported by the fact that sculpture is carved upside down on rock top.
Also, at 900 meter above the mountain, pancha lingas are present.
Athiri Maharishi lived here along with his wife Anusuya. Sage Naradha praised Anusuya’s chastity (devotion to husband) in front of Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Jealous of this, the three devis asked their husbands (the thiru moorthies – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahmma) to test Anusuya.  They came to Anusuya when Athiri maharishi was not there and asked for alms. When she was ready to serve them, they said, they would accept it only if she serves in nudity. Then Anusuya, with her devotional power, transformed the Thiru moothies into babies and fed them. Overwhelmed by her devotion, the Thiru moorthies blessed her and asked for her wish. She wished that the Thiru moorthies be born to her and got them as Sage Durvasa, Dattatreya and Chandran (Moon God).
Since Anusuya devi got the Thiru moorthies themselves as her children, it is believed that if a couple take a dip in the river and pray God they are blessed with child.

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Sri Neela devi and Sri Boomi devi sametha Sri Varadharaja Perumal temple

The temple is located on the way to the Thirumoorthi temple

Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari Gayathri temple

The temple is located between the Thirumoorthi dam and the boating point. A beautiful place to meditate and Gayathri Devi is present with 10 arms.

Sri Kottai Mariamman temple at Dhali

The temple is located on the way to the Thirumoorthi temple

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Pollachi – Palladam


1) Sri Ammaneeswarar – Mariamman Temple
One of the temples of Thirumoorthimalai Amanalingeswarar in Kongu region.
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2) Sri Perumal Temple
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3) Sri Sundarambihai sametha Avinasiappar temple
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Sri Neetheeswarar Temple at Periya Negamam

Goddess: Kamakshi amman
There are also temples for Kanniga Parameswari, Ramalinga Sowdeswari and Kathavaraya Perumal at Negamam.

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Sri Mahadevar temple at Kappalankarai

There are also temples for Vanchiamman, Mariamman and Murugan temples.

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There are temples of Makali amman, Krishnar and Sowdeswari amman.

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Sri Aadeeshwarar temple at Periakalandai

Location: The temple is located near Kattampatti village in the Pollachi-Palladam route, It can also be reached from Kinathukadavu in Coimbatore – Pollachi route via VadaSithur.
Main deities: Adheeswar as Swayambu lingam with Perianayaki amman / Vanchiamman
Brahmma, Indran, Suryan, Ramar, Vali, Sages Pathanjali, Agasthiyar  worshipped the Lord here.
Poet Padikkasu Pulavar known for his mastery over the Sandam metre in Tamil poetry, was staying here and was getting gold coins from Lord Shiva praising Him with his devotional songs. After his prayers one day, he could not find Lord and Mother and so he asked Nandi Deva.  To help the poet, Nandi Deva turned his head towards the direction where the Lord was hiding and the poet located Him.
Nandi’s head is slightly turned sideways. Generally Nandhi is considered to take our messages to the Lord but here Nandhi is very special in the form of helping the devotees to take our prayers to the Lord.
Sage Durvasa performed penance to have mother as his daughter.  When she attained marriageable age, the Rishi himself performed Her marriage with Lord Adheeswara.  It is said that the idol of Mother Perianayahi was installed by Sage Durvasa himself.
When Mother came to Lord’s house, she found Nandhi turning the other side and came to know the reason.  She brought Nandi to Her control and sat on.  The joy of Nandi knew no bounds when it had the chance of bearing Mother also.
Lord Muruga graces with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.  Murugar got ‘Mandhira Upadhesam’ here. Valli is seen with her head slightly tilted towards right.
Saint Arunagiriar had mentioned this place as Kulandai Nagar.  It is also said that the name relates to Sage Durvas’s Yagna and his getting Mother as a child (Kulandai).

This temple was built by Karikal Chola.
It is said that there is an invisible spring below the sanctum sanctorum.
Devotees believe that the white thread given in the Devi shrine will cure the diseases if tied in the hand.  There are shrines for Sani Bhagwan, Lord Vardaraja with Mothers Sri Devi and Bhoodevi.  Lord BalaGanapathi graces the devotees.
There is a stone pillar in the place where Sage Pathanjali meditated

Sthala Vruksham: Sandalwood
Theerthan: Brahmma theertham
Temple Timings: 6.30 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 7.30 PM

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Sri Vishnu Temple at Chinamalai
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Manthragiri Sri Velayutha Swamy Temple at Senjeri hills

Location: 28 kms North-East of Pollachi and 23 kms SouthWest of Palladam
Main deities: Kailasa nathar as Swayambu lingam with Periya Nayahi amman but the temple is more popular as Murugan temple
As Lord Muruga set out with his battalion to vanquish the demon Surapadma, Lord Shiva summoned Him to the Senjeri hills initiating him to certain mantras and endowed him with invincible powers to route and destroy the demon and his retinue, Since then Lord Muruga came to be worshipped as Manthragiri Sri Velayudhaswami.
Agasthiyar worshipped here.
The place is around 1300 feet above sea level and the hill is about 150 feet high. There are about 250 steps to climb.
The specialty in the temple is that Lord Vishnu graces with a Shivalinga in His right hand.
The Navagraha shrine has Sun God facing west with other planets facing Him.
Lord Velayuthar graces with His 12 hands, holding a flag with Cock symbol and also a Cock in his left hand.
This temple was originally built by Karikala Chola and renovated by Veeraballalai III dating back to the 13th Century.
Arunagiri nathar sang Thiruppugazh on this Murugar.
The Car festival here is very famous and happens in the tamil month of “Thai”, few days after Pongal.
People affected by evil forces take bath at the temple tank and get cured.
The temple has a holy spring called ‘Gnana theertha Sunai’ which has water even in dry seasons; others are Sayiloka theertham, Saraswathi theertham, Lakshmi theertham,Brahmma theertham, Kanar Sunai and,Valli theertham
Sthala Vruksham: Karunochi
Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12:30 PM and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM
Contact: 04255- 266 515, 268 515, 268 415 / 9245868412

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Shiva Temple at Vadavedampatti
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Coimbatore – Palladam – Kangeyam (Trichy)

Sri Neelakandeswarar temple at Irugur, Ondipudhur

An ancient temple built by Karikal Chola
Lords Neelakandeswarar, Gnana Dandapani and Mother Swayamvara Parvathi are facing west.  Lords Soundareswarar and Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai and Mother Meenakshi are facing east.
Lord Neelakandeswarar is a swayambu linga.  Mother Swayamvara Parvathi is at the left of the Lord while Lord Gnana Dandapani is on the right.  Lord Brahmma appears in a sitting form.
Lord Soundareswarar as a honey coloured Linga blesses the devotees.  Mother Meenakshi Amman with four hands blesses in the standing form.  Markandeswar Linga is found only in this temple in the Kongu region.  The nectar pot – Amirtha Kalasa – is on the peeta.  The 4 Nandhis in the temple are in different forms.

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1) Sri Venkata natha Perumal temple

The temple is located on the banks of Sulur lake.
‘Pepper’ is given to the devotees as prasadam which is not usual in any other Venkateshwara temple. The myth behind this is that a merchant was travelling through the forests of Sulur to go to a nearby town to sell his items (eatables). Night descended and so he decided to take rest in the temple. When he was about to sleep, God appeared before him in the form of a poor farmer and asked him if he had anything to eat. The merchant told that he had nothing except pepper in all his bags which could not be eaten. So the God said “ok” and left the place. The next day when he woke up, to his surprise, he found all his bags contained pepper. Then he realized the person who came the previous day was not an ordinary man but the God Balaji Himself. He immediately cried for forgiveness and Balaji appeared before him and told that he would be forgiven if he renovated the temple and the temple gave out pepper to all of his worshippers from that day forth.

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2) Sri Vaitheeswarar temple

The temple is located on the banks of Sulur lake and was constructed in 9th century during the rule of Adithya Cholan.
Amman here is Mariamman.

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1a) Sri Swaminatha Swami temple (Arupadai Veedu Temple)

Location: Just at the entrance to the Sulur town, a private Educational Institutions (RVS) group has constructed a group of 3 temples, Arupadai Veedu Murugan temple, (Thirupathi) Balaji temple and Bhagawathi amman temple on the highway itself.
Lord Muruga appears in this temple in separate shrines as He does in the six celebrated Padai Veedu temples in Tiruparankundram, Tiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Pazhamuthircholai in the respective forms and names. He is also facing the same directions in this temple as in the above temples.
There is a shrine of Lord Kasi Viswanatha accompanied by Mother Visalakshi blessing the devotees.  The 63 celebrated Nayanmars adore the temple.  The Navagrahas are made in a single stone.
Temple timings: 5 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 9 PM

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1b) Sulur Thirupathi
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1c) Sri Bhagavathi amman temple

It is built as the replica of Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathi temple located in the Kerala state. All the poojas are performed in the same manner as in Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathi temple.
Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 noon and 4 to 8 PM

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Sri Vazhai Thotta Ayyan Temple at V.Ayyanpalayam (Samalapuram)

Location: The temple is located at V,Ayyanpalayam, 40 kms east of Coimbatore, about 20 kms west of Tirupur and 4 Kms from Somanur, the famous power loom centre. It is 7 KM south east from NH 47 at Karumathampatti Point and 8 KM North east from NH 67 at Cottonpet point.
The temple is located on the banks of Noyyal river.
The history of the temple begins In the year 1777 with the birth of Chinnian, who later in life came to be known as ” Ayyan” by virtue of his pious nature and power of healing. He lived a life of reverence as a hermit. He was blessed by a saint with ‘ Panchatra Mantra’ which helped him to cure poisionous insect bite and snake bite. People thronged from all over to worship this great soul.
He was a devoted bhaktha of Lord Shiva. He died at the age of 72, gored to death by a white bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Chinnaiyan as reared the bull and his attaining moksha on the auspicious Thiruvadirai day was indicative of his divine nature.
The Swayambu Lingam worshipped by Ayyan was consecrated under the Kiluvai Tree and is even today worshipped by his devotees. By the side of the Swayambu Linga there is an ant-hill and the soil forming the ant-hill is given as prasadam to the devotees which is said to have medicinal powers to cure the ill effects of poisonous insect bites and various other skin diseases.
Permitting men devotees into the Garpagraha to do poojas on their own is a practice unique to this temple.
There is no notable archaeological and architectural importance attached to this temple.

Dharshan Timings: 5.30 AM to 8.30 PM (without break)
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Koduvai (South Avinasi palayam)

1) Sri Nageswaran temple
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2) Sri Vinnalantha Periya Perumal temple
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Azhagumalai / Alagumalai / Arulmalai Sri Muthukumara Bala Dhandayudhapani Swamy temple at Vanvanchery

Location: Alagumalai is located near Peruntholuvu, about 20 kms South of Thiruppur; 18 kms East of Palladam and 17 kms West of Kangeyam

This is another popular and ancient Murugan temple of the Kongu region sung by Sri Arunagirinathar in his Thiruppugazh pathigams.
The region of Alagumalai is called as Vanavanchery, meaning the place of Devas. The temple is located on a small beautiful hill with plenty of trees. There are about 300 steps to climb and there is also a road for vehicles. The road for vehicles ends at 2 places. From the 1st place, we have to walk about 150 steps and the 2nd place is little closer, from where we have to walk about 40 steps.
At the 1st vehicle endpoint there is a separate shrine of Sri Anjaneya worshipping Lord Shiva which is one of the 700 Anjaneya moorthies installed by Sri Vyasaraja all over the country. Sri Anjaneyar has a bell tied to his tail end which is placed over his head. This is the typical style in all the Anjaneya moorthies installed by Sri Vyasaraja. Lord Shiva is facing West and Sri Anjaneyar is facing South. Sri Anjaneyar is holding lotus in His hand which is very rare and is considered a Varaprasadhi. There are also 6 separate shrines for 6 Arupadai veedu Murugars, built in 1984, along with Vinayagar and Navagrahas.

While climbing steps through the greenery listening to the chirps of birds, we can see the shrine of Idumban and another one of Kuzhanthai Kumaran. Childless couples pray to this Kuzhanthai Kumaran to get child boon.

On top of the hill, around 1000 years old, later Chola period ‘Alagumalai Muthukumara Bala Dhandayuthapani’ temple is located. Here we see Murugar in Dhandayuthapani posture facing East in about 4.5 feet height; Valli and Deivanai together in another separate shrine facing South; Veerabaghu and Valampuri Anandha Vinayagar. There is a British period stone stage with directional markings which is used to survey the surrounding areas. Like ‘Kutrala Kuravanchi’, there is also ‘Alagumalai Kuravanchi’ pathigams.

Contact: Sri Ramachandra (Raghu) Gurukkal @ 98427 83759.
He says that there are whopping 383 exclusive Murugan temples in the Kongu region – Kovai, Thiruppur, Salem, Erode, Pazhani – alone! He can be of great help if you wish to make a visit around.

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  1. There is a big Aadhi Vinayagar temple and a 400 years old neem tree at the hill base
  2. There is also a 1,300 year old Sri Periyanayagi Amman sametha Sri Kailasanathar temple with rich heritage and marvelous stone architecture, a little away from the Murugar temple (I forgot to take note of it and so missed it). Sri Kailasanathar is a Swayambu lingam. The stone carvings, on the pillars and walls, indicate the temple’s construction during the period of Pandya King Koon Pandiyan. Both Shiva as Sri Kailasanathar and Vishnu as Sri Lakshminarayana Perumal are present in the same premises. It is said that the moorthy of Sri Lakshminarayana Perumal was recovered from below the ground some years back.
  3. There is also Sri Valuppooramman Temple around 2 kms from here. People affected by fits (Valippu) worship Her to get cured.
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Sri Velayutha Swamy Temple at Kanagagiri
The hill temple is located at about 2 kms from Alagumalai
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Sri Kandiamman sametha Sri Kandeeswarar temple at Kandiyamkoil
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1) Sri Bangajakshi Amman sametha Sri Kaadai Easwaran and Sri Vellaiammal Temple

In Kongu region there are plenty of highly popular Amman temples which are Kuladeiva temples for different sects of Kongu people. This is one such.

A highly popular temple located at about 6 km from Kangeyam. The temple is connected with a divinely woman Vellaiammal who lived many centuries ago. This is the kuladeiva temple for her descendants.

The Legend of Kaadaiyur Vellaiammal Koil

The temple is situated in a vast area with a very big open space in front.  The temple inside is also big with plenty of shrines. There are shrines for Sri Subramanyar, Sri Valli&Deivanai, Sri Anjaneyar, Sri Somaskandar, Sri Natarajar, Sri Karunakara Perumal, Sri Vellaiammal, Sri Dhandapani, Sri Mahalakshmi and Sri Kala Bairavar.

Sthala Vruksham: Vidathala

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2) Sri Karia Kali Amman Temple
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3) Sri Matheswaran temple
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There are whopping 383 exclusive Murugan temples in the Kongu region (Kovai, Thiruppur, Salem, Erode, Pazhani) alone! and Kangeyam is the centre point of those.

An exclusive 3 part travelogue on my visit to temples around Kangeyam are available here:

An exclusive write-up on Kongu nadu Murugan Temples is available here

Some striking features of most of the Kongu region temples are:

  • In Murugan temples, Murugar is standing alone and Valli & Deivanai are present together in a separate shrine/temple. In the other regions Valli & Deivanai will be e present together with Lord Murugar.
  • The Murugar temples are present in a small to big hills with thick bushes. You can see and hear the Murugar vahana – Peacoks – in plenty, all around the hills.
  • The temples are being maintained very clean – spic and span, no piece of paper or tree leaves anywhere.
  • Most of the temples have been renovated recently and so the ancientness is somewhat lost.

1) Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple
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2) Shiva Temple
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Kangeyam – Uthukuli / Thiruppur

Sri Subramanya swamy temple at Sivanmalai

Location: 4 kms from Kangeyam in the Kangeyam – Uthukuli/ Thiruppur route

This is another Murugan temple which is sung by Sri Arunagirinadhar in his Thirupugazh. Next to Chennimalai, this is the most popular temple in this region. There are about 500 steps to climb and there is road for vehicles upto the top itself. Though the main deity is Vennieeswarar/ Nanjundeeswarar as a Swayambu lingam with Parvardhini Amman, the temple is more popular as Murugan temple. On most days the temple chariot will be pulled by some devotees as their prayer and the Prasad will be issued.


  • Murugar is said to have gone to Vallimalai on the advice of Narada, married Valli there and brought Her to Sivanmalai to make it their beloved abode. Like Parvathi in Kancipuram, Valli also did penance in Sivanmalai, which included thirty two sacred duties. Later Murugan went to Thiruthani and brought His consort Devayanai also to reside with Him in Sivanmalai.
  • Sage Agastya came to this mountain and performed penance in order to gain knowledge about the Agamas. He also created a natural spring on this mountain from the waters of the Ganga which he brought in his Kamandalam. It is said this miracle took place on Karthigai Pournami day (full moon in the month of Karthigai) and thus it is venerated by devotees as a special day.
  • Legend has it that the mountain is a piece of Sanjeevi parvatham. Hanuman prayed here after being directed by the sage Vyasa. He was accorded as much power and strength as Vishnu-Narasimha after his penance in Sivanmalai. Hanuman, it is believed, even carried flowers from the banks of the Ganga to worship at Sivanmalai.
  • Many miracles are said to have taken place in Sivanmalai involving celestial beings like Indra whose kingdom was restored to him after a battle with the Asuras.
  • Cursed by Agasthya, King Nakutan became a snake. Sage Dhurvasa asked him to pray to Sivanmalai Murugan who restored his original form.

The Temple:

  • Generally in any temple the first pooja will be done to Vinayagar but here, the first pooja is done to Murugar and it is considered that Vinayagar Himself worships Murugar here.
  • If the peacock of Lord Murugar has its head towards North and its tail towards South, it is considered as Celestial peacock and the vice versa is called demon peacock. Here the peacock is present in the form of Celestial peacock.
  • All Navagrahas are facing the Sun God. This posture is considered as the one free from “Navagraha vakrams”.
  • Butter and curd are offered to God here.
  • Subramanya swamy is present with four hands and a single face sitting on peacock.
  • We see Hanuman in separate sanctum here.
  • There is a place with 18 steps called ”Pathinettampadi or Sathya padi” which was used as a court to solve disputes.
  • There is an Arthameru with imprint of foot steps. It is figured in the tamil literature ‘Kuravanchi’.
  • There is a place called Valliarachal nearby where Valli stayed, meditated and performed her duties.
  • It is considered that there are Ashta(8) Durgas around the temple in 8 directions. They are Alampadi Vanasatchi (Kattammai), Pappini Angala Parameswari, Kangeyam Aayi amman, Valuppur amman, Thangamman, Athanur amman, Kariya Kaliamman and Selva Nayahi amman.
  • There is a Kailasanathar-Gnanambihai shrine in the Southern corridor which is considered as the most ancient of this temple
  • There is a shrine for Jurahareswarar on top of the hill. People worship here to get relief from fevers.
  • Innumerable Tamil Scholars have immortalized Sivanmalai with their songs of praise. Sivanmalai is featured in the Sivanmalai Puranam, Sivanmalai Pillai Tamizh, Sivanmalai Mayil Vidu Thoothu, Siva Thangaratha Sadakam and Thanipadal.

Unique custom:
There is an unique custom being followed here wherein an object will be kept in an exclusive glass box as per divine order which has an attached significance. The Sivanmalai Andavar will come in the dream of any devotee asking him to place a specific object in the temple. This will be informed to the temple Gurukkal and divine approval will be sought. If approved, the object will be kept there till the next order. Cycle, Gun, Pen/Pencil, Gold coin, Sand, Water etc., are some of the objects that were kept in the past like this. It is said that when water was kept, tsunami disaster came. Recently, when 3 sickles were kept (Nov 2018), the fall of communists in Kerala had started due to Sabarimala issue.

Sthala vruksham: Thoratti

Once upon a time the Chola king Muchukunda was afflicted by leprosy. He heard from the sage Gautama that he would be cured if he took a dip in the holy theertha (waters) of Sivanmalai. He did so and was miraculously cured, giving credence to the sanctity of Sivanmalai. The various other theerthas are: Agasthya, Anuma, Indra, Brahmananda, Mangala and Veera theertha.

There are many sub-temples in Sivanmalai and they are:

1) Nanjundeswarar temple: The amman is called Parvatha varthini / Lokanayahi. There are beautiful sculptures and pillars in the temple. There are also musical pillars. The sculpture showing the legend of Avinasi where Sundarar made the crocodile to spit the boy it ate is very realistic. Also the elephant sculptures at the entrance are notable ones.
2) Veera Kailamman temple: This village deity takes a very significant role in all the festivals of Sivanmalai.
3) Mariamman temple: There are two Mariamman temples – Periya mariamman temple and Chinna Mariamman temple
4) Anumantha Rayar temple: There is a Shiva lingam worshipped by Hanumar while on his way to Sanjeeva Parvatham. The temple is mentioned in the Tamil literature ‘Kuravanchi’

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Kangeyam – Chennimalai – Perundurai


1) Sri Akilaandeeswari ambal sametha Sri Aadheeswarar Temple

The Siva Temple is a fairly big temple.
Sri Akilaandeeswari ambal shrine is present to the right of Lord Shiva in a marriage posture with Lord Muruga present in between as Somaskandar. All of them are facing East. Lord Shiva’s shrine has Karuvarai, Artha Mandapam and Maha Mandapam. In the pillars that are present in the Mahamandapam, many beautiful sculptures are found.
The shrine of Sri VeeraNarayana Perumal with SriDevi and BooDevi, facing East is present in the praharam.
In the Kongu region, apart from Kodumudi, this is the only other temple where there is a separate shrine for Lord Brahma. Thus the temple has all the 3 Moorthies – Lord Brahmma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

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2) Sri Selvanayagi Amman Temple
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1) Sri Kariyakali Amman Temple
A highly popular temple
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2) Sri Mathyapureeswarar Temple
A Thevara Vaippu Sthalam
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Chennimalai Murugan temple


  • Sri Balan Deva Rayar offered the Skandha Sashti Kavasam for the first time to the world here.
  • A 3000 years old temple
  • A miracle took place on 12.02.1984. A bullock cart with two bulls climbed the hill in full footsteps
  • Lord Muruga is present in Dhandayuthapani posture
  • Arunagirinathar sang Thiruppugazh on this Murugar and got Padikkasu from Him.
  • 3 Bulls individually bring in Abhishega theertham everyday through the footsteps
  • With Lord Muruga present as a Sevvai graham at the center all the other Navagrahas are present in the koshtams around him.
  • Sri Valli and Deivanai lived here as Amirthavalli and Sundaravalli. They are present with Prabai in a single stone in a separate temple, about 200 steps behind the main Murugar temple.
  • One of the 18 Siddhars, Pinnakku Siddhar lived and attained Mukthi here. His meditation cave and shrine are present in a separate campus about 300 steps behind Valli and Deivanai temple.
  • Once in 12 years water from a Sunai overflows
  • Saravana Mamunivar lived here and wrote the legend of this temple from the copper plated got from Kanchipuram as directed by Lord Murugar. His Samadhi is also present here.

Unlike other hill temples, this is a long and flat hill with 1320 steps but there is also a road for vehicles to the top. The hill base from where the vehicle road and steps start is a beautiful location with a temple tank. You may like to climb by steps just to enjoy the nature. The hill is a house for plenty of peacocks and so their sounds can be heard all through.

Lord Muruga is standing alone as Dhandayuthapani. Behind the Murugar shrine, another 200 steps of flat climbing will lead us to Valli & Deivanai shrine. As in other temples of this region they are present together in a separate single shrine.

Even further behind the Valli & Deivanai shrine another 300 steps of flat climbing will lead us to the Pinnakku Siddhar cave and shrine. He is one of the 18 ancient Siddhars and got knowledge under Pambatti Siddhar. The Siddhar cave is a small room for 4-5 people to sit with a tiny room like cave where the Siddhar used to meditate.  There is also a small open shrine for Sri Mahamuni and a temple for Sri Thannasiappan.

Apart from being such a significant temple for Lord Murugar and the Siddhar, it is also a beautiful hill to trek and climb, enjoy the nature, enjoy the peacocks and other birds, breath the fresh air at the hill top, especially when you come on a normal day during the early morning hours.

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Sri Thirunthaar Kuzhali ammai sametha Sri Thirumugam malarntha nathar and Sri Thirukkan Narayana Perumal temple at Mukasi Pidariyur

Location: About 7 kms from Chennimalai, enroute Perundurai.

This is a sub temple of Chennimalai Murugan temple and Lord Bairavar is present here in a separate shrine with eight hands as Ashtabuja Bairavar. This is a medium size temple but very beautiful in a village atmosphere with a very sincere maintenance.

The very first striking feature of the temple is the drainage system for the abhishega water in all the shrines. The abhishega water outlet pipes of various shrines are laid underground without obstructing the pathway around the shrine and interconnected without any trace of abhishega water! They look very perfect and clean without any foul smell unlike in many other temples! A model temple for people who are in temple construction to get a few tips.

The other striking feature was the pathway to various shrines. They are painted with a paste of cowdung and turmeric powder and bordered with while lines. This seems to be a common practice in this region. The mix of cowdung and turmeric paste gives yellowish green colour to the pathway and with the white border it gives an awesome look. It seems devotees paint this in shiva shrine on pradhoshams, Murugar shrine on Karthigai and Sashti days, Bairavar shrine on Ashtami days etc., so that the whole temple gives a fresh look on all days. The entrance to the temple has a huge parking space filled with plenty of trees.

Here Bairavar is seen in a separate shrine with eight hands as Ashtabuja Bairavar and Vinayagar is seen with 10 hands with His consort on His lap as Dasabuja Valllaba Vinayagar.
Lord Shiva is present as Sri Thirumugam malarntha (smiling face) nathar and Ambal as Sri Thirunthaar Kuzhali ammai. Also Perumal is present in a separate shrine as Sri Thirukkan Narayana Perumal along with SriDevi and BooDevi. Garudazhwar and Anjaneyar shrines also there.

From the 600 years back Chennimalai inscriptions, the Chennimalai region was called as Pidariyur and so this temple is being considered as Aadhi Chennimalai temple. Originally the temple archagars for Chennimalai went from here only. Srirangapatnam Hyder Ali donated lands for this temple.

Contact: Sri S.Balaji Gurukkal @ 99420 46011

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Sri Vadivullamangai sametha Sri Allaliswarar Temple at Ingur
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Perundurai – Uthukuli – Thiruppur

Sri Nageswarar Temple at Vijayamangalam
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Sri Arasathal udanurai Sri Agneeswarar Temple at Arasannamalai (Kongampalayam)
A hill temple
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Śrī Vetri Velayudhaswami Temple at Uthukuli/ Kaithamalai/ Kathithamalai

This temple is also located on a small hill just at the outskirt of Uthukuli town. There are about 300 steps to climb and there is a road for vehicles also.The unique thing in Kaithamalai is that the temple car is in the hill and devotees pull it in the slopes. Like the other Murugan temples, this is also maintained very clean. Most of the Murugan temples in this region are deserted on normal days but very crowded on occasions like Sashti, Karthigai etc.,

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Sri Sugreeswarar Temple at Sarkar Peiyapalayam (Thevara vaippu sthalam)

Location: The temple is located 7 kms North East of Thiruppur on the bank of Nallar river stream, a tributary of Noyyal river.

Significances: The temple is one of the Thevara vaippu sthalams
Main deities: Sugreeswarar as a Swayambu lingam facing East with Aavudai nayahi amman.

Ramayana Sugreevan worshipped Lord Shiva here. There are many temples where Sugreeva’s brother, Vaali, worshipped Lord Shiva but the temples worshipped by Sugreeva are rare. The place is also called Kurakkuthali.
The amman shrine is to the right side of Shiva shrine, a typical Pandya construction.
There are two Nandhis in front of the Shiva shrine.
There are five Lingas, three are present outside the temple, one in sanctum and another one is invisible.
There is no Deepasthamba pillar (Lamp Post) in the temple.
The main gate is opened in South direction instead of East.
This is a granite temple by late Chola Kings and is being maintained by Archelogical Survey of India (ASI).

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(Kangeyam) Padiyur – Uthukuli

Sri Soundaryavalli nayagi sametha Sri Nalmaneeswarar Temple at Kathankani

This village was called Veera Chola Chathurveda Mangalam in ancient times as it was donated to learned Vedic Brahmins to chant Vedas. For the same reason, it was called Katran Kaani (‘Katran’ in tamil means ‘learned’ and ‘Kaani’ means place) and then Kathankaani

  • An ancient temple facing east on the banks of Noyyal river
  • The main deity Sri Nalmaneeswarar is a Swayambu moorthy
  • Lord Shiva here was worshipped by Pancha Pandava Nagulan, at the end of the Dwabara yugam.
  • Nandhi is not looking straight but looking down.
  • Sri Chokkaraja Perumal / Azhaguraja Perumal is also present
  • Sri Gubera Ganapathy is holding Amirtha Kalasam in His trunk and doing Shivapooja
  • Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani is seen with Uchikudimi (hair-tuft) holding a rooster
  • The Bairavar here is a Kala Samhara Bairavar
    Saneeswara Bhagavan is Yoga Saneeswarar
  • Navagrahas are present in straight line
  • Per inscriptions, Kongu Cholas, Vikrama Chola, Uthama Cholan, Osila King, Karnataka’s Veera Vellalan renovated the temple at various periods.
  • Family deity temple for certain sects of Goundars

Temple Opening (on normal days) 10 to 12 AM, on Amavasya days 8 AM to 6:30 PM
Sthala Vruksham: Pala tree
Contact: Sri T.K.Nagaraja Sivam @ 94431 06949 / Sri N.Krishnamoorthy Gurukkal @ 93442 18141

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Sri Kasthuri Ranganatha Perumal Temple
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Sri Arudhra Kapaleeswarar Temple
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Sri Periya Mariamman Temple
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Sri Rangabavanam Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Karungalpalayam
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Nava Brindhavan
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Sri Anjaneyar Temple
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Textile Shopping

Erode is popular for its textile market and the textile bazaar between Brough road and Thiruvenkataswamy street is the buzzing market area. There is also a Corporation car parking closeby. Hanumantharayan Koil street has shops selling only bedsheets, towels etc., and the other areaa sells all kinds of materials. Also a new wholesale textile market called Texvalley has been opened with full facilities by the Modi Govt in Aug 2014 with 1500+ shops.

Around Erode

 Sri Kuzhanthai Velayuthaswamy Temple at Thindalmalai

Thindalmalai is at the entry of the busy Erode city while coming from Perundurai, at about 8 km from the city centre. The temple is located on a small hill with about 150 steps.

This is another Murugan temple in Kongu region sung by Sri Arunagirinathar in his Thiruppugazh. At the base of the hill, there are two Vinayagar shrines, one under the Arasamaram (Peepal tree) surrounded by Nagars and the other Siddhi Vinayagar in a separate shrine. Also at the base there is a shrine for Idumban.

At the top of the hill, Sri Kuzhanthai Velayuthaswamy shrine is located along with a separate shrine for urchavar where Lord Murugar is seen with Valli and Deivanai. Thannasi siddhar cave is located north west of the main shrine. Only on Karthikai festival special poojas are performed in this Thannasi siddhar cave.

As with the other Murugan temples in this region, this also is maintained spick and span with clean toilets, spacious and neatly laid parking space, very limited shops etc., The temple itself is on a small hill but they have made additional little artificial rock setups that spoil the natural look of the hill. Further there seems to be a plan to make this a sort of a theme park as inferred from the digital banner kept there (Dec 2018) so that this serves not just as a temple but as an all-in-one weekend gateway, just like ISKCON, for the Erode city crowds.

Timings: 6 AM to 12.30 PM and 4 to 8.30 PM

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Kangeyam – Tharapuram (Palani)

Sri Muthukumara Swamy Temple at Vattamalai

Location: 7.5 kms south of Kangeyam en route Tharapuram / Palani.

Significance: The temple is located on a tiny rocky hill, possibly a single rock, in a scenic location surrounded by a river and greenery of long trees. We can understand the beauty of the location from the fact that many movies of different languages are shot here.

There are just about 100 steps to climb but even for that, a road has been made for vehicles.
Vinayagar and Idumban shrines are on the way to the hilltop. It was Konganagiri in olden days since Kongana Siddhar lived here. His cave is in Uthiyur, a few kms from here. It is said that this was a Shiva temple till 1949 and during the consecration then, Sri Muthukumara Swamy was installed and became a Murugan temple. Mahavishnu’s Adhishesha is installed near Murugar. The arthamandpam has pillar sculptures of Shiva, Parvathi, Hanuman, Ramar, Mahavishnu and many others.

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Temple Timing: 9 AM to 12 noon and 4:30 to 6 PM

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Location: 6.5 kms south of Vattamalai and around 14 kms south of Kangeyam in the Tharapuram / Palani route

It’s a big hill with a cluster of temples at various heights with full of trees and bushes. A very nice place to trek and have great spiritual experience.

1) Sri Brahalanayahi sametha Sri Kailasanathar Temple

At the base of the hill, on the main road itself, this Shiva temple is located.

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2) Sri Uthanda Velayutha Swamy (Murugan) Temple

About 200+ steps of climbing will take us to this Murugan temple. There is also a road for vehicles straight to the temple.
The Murugar in Dhandayuthapani posture is very beautiful and unlike the other temples, we can have a very close and satisfying dharshan of the deity.

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3) Chetti Thamibiran Siddhar Temple

A little further trekking for 5 minutes from the Murugan temple will take us to the temple of Chetti Thamibiran Siddhar, a disciple of Kongana Siddhar. There are proper steps and road only upto the Murugar temple and beyond that only a trek path is available.

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4) Uchi Pillaiyar Temple

A still further trekking for about 10 minutes will take us to Sri Uchi Pillaiyar temple. All the above four temples are close to each other

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5) Kongana Siddhar cave Temple

From Uchi Pillaiyar temple, a long trek further will take us to the Kongana Siddhar cave. If you wish to trek only to the Kongana Siddhar cave (and not visit the above 4 temples) there is a shorter path. In the Tharapuram route itself you can go further from Uthiyur for another 1.5 kms and you can see a 3 way T junction that branches off on the right to a town called Kundadam (where there is a famous Bairavar temple). There is a sign board at the junction, take that road and travel further for about 1 km to see an arch on the right welcoming us to the Kongana Siddhar cave.

The hill is a very sacred place since it’s a house of many Siddhars. Kongana Siddhar stayed and meditated here and got the dharshan of Lord Shiva. He used to make gold by breathing out air through mouth into some clay tubes and pouring a mix of herbal liquids. It is said that the clay tubes are still present in the hill. Since he used the ‘breathing out’ technique the place is called Oothiyur / ஊதியூர் (In tamil ‘oothi’/ ‘ஊதி’ means breathing out) and the hill itself is called Pon Oothi malai (பொன் ஊதி மலை).

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Palladam – Dharapuram

Sri Chozheeswaran temple at Putharchal (Vadamalai palayam)
The main deity is a Swayambu lingam
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Sri Vaduganathar / Sri Bairavar Temple at Kundadam

Though this is a Shiva temple and the main deity is Lord Vidangeeswarar with Ambal Visalakshi this is better known as Bairavar temple with a separate shrine for KalaBairava Vaduganathar who is considered equivalent to Kasi Kalabhairavar in power.

Sthala Significance:
In Mahabharatha, Keesakan who disturbed Draupathi was killed by Bheema here and so this was referred as “Kondra-Idam” (Kondra means killed and Idam means place in tamil) that became Kundadam.
Another interesting fact is when the Pandavas were in exile into the forests here, they were identified by Dhuryodhana’s men and it was reported to Dhuryodhana. So this is called Kanda-Idam (Kanda means found in tamil), which later became Kundadam.

Once this area was a forest and Vidanga Maharishi did penance on Kasi Viswanathar but got frequent external disturbances. He prayed to Kasi Viswanathar who then sent Vaduga Bairavar (one form of Lord Shiva) who is highly powerful in Kasi, to protect the penance of Vidanga Marishi. Vaduga Bairvavar stayed with Vidanga Maharishi here.
Once the Vaaniga Chettiars (trading community) were crossing the forest here with bags of pepper and Vaduga Bairavar wanted to play with them. He took the form of an old Brahmin and asked for some pepper to cure his cough. They told that it is not (costly) pepper but green gram. When they reached Madurai, it turned out to be green gram really and was about to be punished by the King. At that time, a celestial voice told that it is He who played the trick. The God then directed the King to Kundadam forest and made him pray to Lord Vidangeeswarar and Vaduga Bairavar. The son and daughter of the King who were disabled and dumb got cured and as a gratitude, the King built this temple.

The Temple:
Lord Shiva who was worshipped by Vidanga Maharishi is present here as Lord Vidangeeswarar along with Visalakshi ammai. Vaduga Bairavar is present in a separate sanctum and is considered equal to Kasi Kala Bairavar.

Sthala Vruksham: Ianthai

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Sri Ramaswamy Siddhar Adhishtanam at Oddanchathram

Sri Ramaswamy Siddhar lived in recent times and has done many miracles. The adhishtanam has just a small single shrine located at the base of a big banyan tree on the bypass road of Oddanchathram.
Read Ramaswamy Siddhar’s life and miracles here:

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An exclusive travelogue on my Palani trip is available here and the photo album is also available here

1) Dhandapani Nilayam (Devasthana accommodation)

There is a vast Devasathana accommodation very close to the Hill temple in a lovely ambiance with large trees, spacious car parking, park like setups, head shaving counter and hotel – all in the same complex. There are different types of rooms and cottages which are decent and very cheap as well (Rs 300 for a double room in 2015). But unfortunately neither the Devasthanam promotes it (no display board at the railway station, bus stand etc.,) nor the rickshaw / auto wallahs let you know about it. They straight take you to lousy private lodges at costlier tariffs. Please be informed of it.

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2) Thiruaavinankdi Kulandai Velalyudhaswami Temple at the foothill

It is located at the foothill near ‘Saravana Poigai’ sacred temple tank and the main ‘head-shaving’ place. The ‘Saravana Poihai’ is a sort of a big well completely covered and the holy water is being supplied in several bathrooms through pipes. This is an ancient temple, more ancient than the hill temple and among the earliest abodes of Lord Muruga. It is revered as the third Padai-Veedu.

Boomi Devi(Thiru), Kamadhenu(Aa), Sun(Vi) and Agni, the God of Fire (Enan) once came here to worship Lord Murugan and hence the name. To strengthen this view, the idols of Boomi Devi, Kamadhenu, Sun and Agini are present here.

God Muruga holds a Royal Court of all Gods here solving all their problems. The presiding deity is Muruga as a child sitting on a peacock. The sculpture work of the temple and deities are fantastic. The Ganapathy and the Mayil (peacock) vahanas in the prharams are the ‘must-see’ ones.

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3) Sri Dhandayuthapani hill temple and the Bhogar Shrine

Bhogar is a well known Siddhar who made the idol of Lord Muruga at the hill temple. His Guru was Kalanginaathar believed to be a Chinese and his disciple is Pulippani siddhar .

Bogar was an expert in Siddha medicine and with the consultation of Agasthiar (Father of Ayurvedic Medicine) and other Siddhars, used 4448 rare herbs to make 9 poisonous medicines or Nava Bhashanam (Nava means nine; Bhashanam means poison). Out of this Nava Bhashanam, he then made one Master Medicine that can cure all diseases in a solid stone like form as Lord Murugar which is currently being worshiped as the main deity. When the abhisheha items like milk and Panchamirtham flows on the deity from top to bottom the medicinal power is extracted into them. Bogar went into Nirvigalpa Samadhi – the highest samadhi stage; where the Mind dissolves with Matter and Energy.

Bogar Samadhi is inside the hill temple, south west of the inner corridor in a narrow cave like structure. It is believed that there is an underground passage here that goes straight to the foot of the main deity, Lord Murugar. It is said that Bogar himself constructed this and went into Nirvigalpa Samadhi. He is last seen by his disciples at this entrance.

In the Bogar shrine the idol of Bhuvaneswari Amman and a Shiva lingam made of Maragatha stone (when you visit, ask the priest specifically to show them) worshipped by Bogar are present. Below these deities is the underground passage where Bogar went into samadhi. Now this has been covered completely without any indication of such a passage.

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Note: A Palani trip is incomplete without visiting the Bogar shrine and the Thiruaavinankdi temple.

4. Idumban Temple

This is another smaller Hill temple. Idumban is a friendly associate of Lord Murugar and wherever you see Lord Murugar, Idumban will also be there by the side.

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5. Shanmuga river bathing ghat

The bathing ghat of Shanmuga river is at the confluence of Palar and Porandalar rivers. The combined river beyond this place is called Shanmukha Nadhi and empties into the Amaravathi River. Unfortunately such a holy bathing ghat is being maintained very poorly in spite of so much revenue from the temple.
Nevertheless, the moorthies at the temple complex on the bank of the Shanmuga river are amazing.

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Coimbatore – Thiruppur


1) Sri Balaji temple

The temple, popularly known as Thirupathi, is located in the town very near the railway station. It is a recent construction and well maintained. We can see sculptures relating to Vishnu avataras in the temple.

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2) Sri Guruvayoorappan (Krishna) temple
Located very near the Balaji temple
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3) Perumal Temple
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4) Shiva temple
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5) Sri Kottai Mariamman temple

Mariamman in this temple is swayambu in a separate shrine, flanked by two more swayambu Ambals left and right to her.

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Sri Sugreeswarar Temple at Sarkar Peiyapalayam

Location: The temple is located 7 kms North East of Thiruppur on the bank of Nallar river stream, a tributary of Noyyal river.
Significances: The temple is one of the Thevara vaippu sthalam
Main deities: Sugreeswarar as a Swayambu lingam facing East with Aavudai nayahi amman.

Ramayana Sugreevan worshipped Lord Shiva here. There are many temples where Sugreeva’s brother, Vaali, worshipped Lord Shiva but the temples worshipped by Sugreeva are rare. The place is also called Kurakkuthali.
The amman shrine is to the right side of Shiva shrine, a typical Pandya construction.
There are two Nandhis in front of the Shiva shrine.
There are five Lingas, three are present outside the temple, one in sanctum and another one is invisible.
There is no Deepasthamba pillar (Lamp Post) in the temple.
The main gate is opened in South direction instead of East.
The temple is of full stone construction by late Chola Kings and is being maintained by Archelogical Survey of India (ASI).

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Sri Visweswarar Temple at Nallur

Location: 5 kms East of Thiruppur
There are also temples of Veeraraghava Perumal, Chellandi amman and Maha Kaliamman temple in the village.

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Coimbatore – Avinashi – Perundurai  (Erode – Salem – NH 554)

KNT01 – Sri Avinashilingeswarar Temple at Avinasi

Location: 41kms from Coimbatoore.
Significances: One of the 275 Thevara Padal petra sthalams and is considered as the Kasi of Kongu region.
There is a 70 feet high single stone deepa sthamba.
Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Avinasi Appar / Kediliyappar and Perum nayaki amman / Karunambika.
Vinasi means huge destruction. Avinasi means which is protected from huge destruction. Avinashi is referred to as Dakshina Varanasi, Tiruppukkozhiyur etc.
This temple is also known as Karunaiyaathaal temple.
Parvathi devi did Her penance, worshipped the linga here and got Her a place to the right side of Shiva (Artha nareeswarar). So the Goddess sanctum is to the right side of Shiva sanctum.
Brahma worshipped and got rid of his sin, hence the name Brahmapureeswarar.
Sri Ramar, Iravath (Indran’s white elephant), Thadagai and Naga kannagai worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Sthala purana says root of Kasi kshetra Linga is upto this place and the Linga here is formed on it.
There is a very interesting and significant legend associated with this temple as follows:
On his way to meet ‘Cheramaan Peruman’ at Thiruvanchikulam, Sundaramoorthy Nayanar happened to pass by Avinashi and heard conflicting voices from two houses. One blooming with happiness and joy and the other with a gloomy and melancholic voices. He came to know that when two boys of the same age took bath in the nearby tank 3 years ago, one of them was swallowed by a crocodile in the tank. The surviving boy had his Upanayanam (thread ceremony) that day and so was joy in one house and gloomy in the other house. Moved by this, Sundaramoorthy Nayanar composed Nayanmars Pathigam and sang on Lord Shiva to resurrect the dead child. His prayers were answered and water started flowing into the dry tank, crocodile emerged from it and spit a full grown boy of 8 years. This sacred Thamaraikkulam is close by with a shrine to Sundarar on the shore. The event is commemorated during the ‘Mudalai Vaai Pillai’ Utsavam during Panguni Uththiram.
Sundarar and Navakku arasar sang hymns on Shiva.
Arunagiri nadhar sang Thirupugazh on subramanya of this place.
Tirumular’s Tirumantiram also signifies this place.

The Temple:
The temple belongs to 10th century.
The Rajagoupram is 7 tier 100 feet high.
There is a 70 feet high single stone deepa sthamba with sculptures of Vinayaka and Sundarar.
There is a shrine for Kaalabhairavar which is being worshipped with the offerings of Vadai Maalai.
The temple has two prakarams and the Navaranga Mandapam in the inner prakaram has intricate sculptural work.
The large Nandi and the carved image of a scorpion in the Ambal sanctum are of significance.
The temple is a protected monument under the Archeological survey of India.
The car festival is the most exciting of the festivals in this temple. This temple’s car is one of the biggest in South India and is noted for its fine wooden carvings.

Theertham: Naga Kanni theertham, Iravata theertham, Kasi Gangai Theertham in the form of a well inside the temple is considered as the Ganges of Kasi itself
Sthala vruksham: Paadhri tree.
Temple Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 8 PM

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Sri Kondathukaliamman Temple at Perumanallur
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Sri Velayuthaswamy Temple at Vijayagiri / Seenapuram
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Thiruppur – Avinasi

KNT02 – Sri Thiru Muruganatha Swamy Temple at ThirumuruganPoondi

Location: 45 kms from Coimbatore, 5 kms from Thiruppur.
Significances: One of the 275 Thevara Padal petra sthalams and and an ASI maintained temple.

Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Thiru murugha nadhar / Skanda Natheswarar & Muyangu Poonmulai Amman / Aalinga Bhooshana Sthananbika.


  • Lord Murugan got Brahamahathi Dosham after killing the demon King Soorapadman in His heroic Soorasamharam. To get rid of this dosham, Lord Murugan erected a Shivalingam at this place and worshipped Lord Shiva.
  • Cheraman Peruman nayanar gave away lot of wealth to Sundarar but it got stolen by the boodha ganas of Lord Shiva in the form of hunters, who then disappeared into the temple. Notwithstanding, Sundarar composed and sung pathigams expressing his sorrow and anguish and went on to say that it was a mockery that Lord Shiva’s presence was in a notorious place.
    But then it was ‘Lord Shiva’ Himself who disguised as a hunter and He did so to hear the melodies and compositions of the saint. Pleased with the poignancy of the compositions, the Lord returned all his belongings. On understanding the divine purpose of the Lord, Sundarar composed and sung 10 songs. This incident was marked as a festival called ‘Vedupari’.
    We see two Sundarar idols one sad and one with glowing face depicting his state of mind prior to and after the incident.
  • Agasthyar, Markendeya worshipped the Lord enshrined here.
  • Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Lord Subramanaya of this place.


  • This ancient temple was built in the 9th Century.
  • This is a Kethu Parihara Sthalam and it is believed that worshipping the deity at this kshetram relieves those with mental ailments and evil effects.
  • Natarajar’s thandavam here is attributed as Brahma Thandavam.
  • Subramanyar is seen as Arumugar with Valli Daivanai.
  • A large Nandi of sudai sculpture facing the temple is located on top of the front mandapam which is unseen in any other temple.
  • The temple is now maintained by the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) and is declared as a National Heritage Monument.
  • The Vedupari Urchavam in the Tamil month of Thai is very special.

Theertham: Shanmuga, Brahama and Gyana teertham.
Sthala vruksham: Gurukkathi / Mullai; Durvasar is said to have brought the Mullai tree – the stala vriksham from Karpaka Lokam.
Temple Timings: 6 AM to 1 PM and 3:30 to 7:30 PM

1) There is a pit on a rock opposite the Vinayagar temple outside the Shiva temple. Once in 12 years, water gushes out from the pit.
2) Sri Madheswaran – Sri Mangalambika just outside this Shiva temple is considered to be the original Tirumuruganpoondy temple.

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Sri Kooppidu Vinayagar Temple

The Vinayagar here called Sundarar peruman to show him the Lord Shiva at the Thirumuruganpoondi temple who stole his money and jewels, in the form of Veduvar. So the Vinayagar is called Koopidu (calling in Tamill) Vinayagar. The temple is on a small rock about 1 km from the Thirumurugan Poondi temple.

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Avinasi – Punjai Puliampatty (Mettupalayam)


Location: 7 kms North-West of Avinasi

1) Sri Vaaleeswarar temple

Significance: One of the Thevara Vaippu Sthalams
Main deities: Lord Vaaleeswarar as a Swayambu lingam is facing East with Mother Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki (Goddess nurturing righteousness – dharma) graces from a separate shrine to the left of the Lord.
Vaali, Sugriva’s brother worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Vaaleeswarar.
The temple is praised by Sundaramurthy Nayanar in his Thevara hymns.
The temple is fully built on granite stone and the sculpture of Vaali worshipping Lord Shiva is present in the stone flag mast.
Lord Muruga is in between His parents holding a cock in his left hand.  Generally, Lord Muruga is seen in temples holding His flag with the cock symbol.  Here, He holds the cock itself. There is a lion on his seat-peetam.  His consorts Valli and Deivanai are also in His shrine.
Lord Nataraja graces from a separate shrine.  The speciality of Lord Nataraja is that the idol is designed combining five such Natarajas in five different places.  Arudra festival is grandly celebrated to Lord Nataraja.
In the inner corridor (prakara), Panchalinga, Sahasralinga, Sun, Moon, Naalvar (Gnanasambandar, Appar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar) and Saturn facing west grace from their shrines.
Lord Vinayaka is under the Bodhi tree (Arasamaram) nearby.
There is a Shivalinga by the side of Vinayaka with Rahu and Ketu.

Theertham: Pathala Gangai, Garuda, Amirtha, Vaali Theerthams.

Note: The birth place of Karikal Cholan is located just diagonally opposite the temple.

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2) Sri Kalyana Venkateswarar / Azhagar Perumal Temple
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3) Other temples in Sevur are:
Sri Kottai Anumantharaya temple, Sri Mariamman and Sri Alanga Nachiamman temple

Sri Mokkaneeswarar Temple at Mokkaneeswaram

Location: 8 kms North of Avinasi near Sevur in the Sevur-Kuttagam road.
Main deities: Mokkaneeswarar as a Swayambu lingam facing East with Ambal Meenakshiammai.

A Kongu King used to eat only after a Shiva linga pooja. Once when he went to forest for hunting, he could not see any linga for worship. So he sent his man to search for a Shiva linga around. The King’s man also could not find any linga around and worried that his King will not eat without seeing a linga he made a linga out of sand in the horse gram (Kollu) bag that is used to feed the horses and informed the King. The King also believed it and took food. When the man went to take back the food bag of horse, he found that it had already been transformed into a Shiva linga. The man revealed the truth to the King pleaded pardon from him. The King then built the temple.

The Temple:
The temple is a small one and Lord Muruga is present here as Dhandayuthapani.
Arunagirinathar sang Thiruppugazh on this Lord Murugar.
Manikkavasagar sang hymns on this Lord Shiva,

Naduvacheri (Sevalai Poondi)

Location: 5 kms North of Avinasi

1) Sri Kodeeswarar Temple
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2) Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple
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Sri Matheeswarar temple at Kuthagam
Location: 10 kms North of Sevur
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Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple at Thalakkarai (Mangarasu Valaya Palayam)

Location: Around 8 kms North-West of Chevur

The temple is on the bank of a canal.  Thalam means a canal and Karai-bank, hence the place is known as Thalakarai.
Lord Narasimha appears with His conch and discus in the sanctum sanctorum under Chandravimanam.  The philosophy is that Chandra, brother of Sri Mahalakshmi is taking care of the Lord.  In the sanctum sanctorum both Lord and Mother are in the standing form.  There is Sri Chakra in the seat (peetam) of Lord Narasimha.  There is a salagrama in the Arthamandapa which was originally worshipped as SriNarasimha, called Aadhimurthy.
Sarpa Vinayaka: In almost all Vaishnava temples, Lord Vishnu is found sitting on Adisesha the serpent bed.  In temples where the Lord is in a standing form, Adisesha serves Him as an umbrella. In this temple, there is a shrine for Vinayaka in the Prakara with Adisesha serving Him as an umbrella.  Hence, He is called Sarpa Vinayaka.  As this a Vishnu temple, Lord Vinayaka is seen with Adisesha.  Those facing adverse effects of planets Rahu, Ketu and Mars pray to Lord Vinayaka in this temple.

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Avinasi – Annur (Mettupalayam)


Karuvalur is situated on the Mettupalayam – Erode Main Road, 8 Kms West of Avinashi.

1) Sri Mari Amman Temple

Next only to Bannari amman, this is the second most popular Mariamman temple in the Kongu region.
The temple symbolises the Nayakkar architecture. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Goddess Mariamman’s idol is depicted in the standing position, while in other places She will be in sitting position. It is believed that the Goddess cures ailments like Chicken pox and Eye diseases. The water from the temple tank is considered to have medicinal properties to cure eye diseases.

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2) Gangathareswarar Temple

Main deities: Gangathareswarar as a Swayambu lingam with the Mariamman in a separate temple as the Ambal.

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3) Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple
4) Sri Anumantharayar Anjaneyar Temple
5) Sri Kurunakara Venkatramana Swamy Temple

Coimbatore – Annur – Sathyamangalam

Sri Kala Kaleswarar temple at Sarkar Samakulam (Kovilpalayam)

The main deity Kalakaleswarar is a Swayambu lingam.

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Location: 19 kms from Avinasi & 30 kms from Coimbatore

1) Sri Kari Varadharaja Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Manneeswarar Temple

Significance: One of the Thevara Vaippu Sthalams
Main deity: A big Swayambu linga with wings attached as Manneeswarar with Arunthavaselvi amman in a separate sanctum.
It is said that the linga portion came down flying and rested at this place and that’s why the linga has wings attached to it. A hunter was trying to remove sweet potato from the ground and he saw blood oozing out at the spot where the linga was found. The King then built the temple later. There is cut mark on the top of the linga. Normally the wings are not seen because of the alankara and the archakar can show it if we ask for it.
Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva here.
On the top of the gopuram we can see the replica of the main deity Manneesar which looks like a penguin in shape with wings to the sides.

Temple Timings: 6 AM to 1.30 PM & 3 to 8 PM

Note: Periya Mariamman temple and Chinna Mariamman temple are present in the village as protective Gods of this temple. Also present are Sri Kari Varadharaja Perumal Temple and Sri Selva Vinayagar temple.

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Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple at Mondipalayam

Location: The place is about 50 Kms. from Coimbatore on the Avinashi-Mettuppalayam road. This village is accessible through Annur-Kanurpudur bus route.

Main deity: Venkateswarar Swamy on a plantain flower.
This temple is one of the noted Vishnu temples of Kongunadu.
‘Kondamanaicker’ clan lived in Mondipalayam. One of the inmates of the village found out that his cow was shedding milk on a sand-dune. He later found an image with a ‘Chakram’, ‘Saligram’ and ‘Chikandi (weapon)’ inside the sand-dune. Inspired by the divine feeling, he built up a temple for ‘Shree Venketachalapathi’ here.
The uniqueness of this temple is that the Image of the Lord is flat on the four sides and conical in the center. Thus, Lord Vishnu is seen in the general form of a lingam, a type of worship that is unique to Kongu naadu.
Shrines of Shri Andal, Alwars, Venugopalar, Chakrattazhwar are also seen here. Outside the paramapadam seen sitting are Vaikuntha Narayanan and Lakshmi and near by is the Kalyana mandapam.
Devotees who have taken vows to make offering to the lord of the seven hills (Thiupathi) can fulfill them in Mondipalayam, in the event of their inability to go there.
The balipeedam of this temple is believed to have extraordinary powers. People possessed by evil spirits, ghosts etc come here to stay and worship and to get rid of their ailments.

Temple Timings: 5 AM to 8 PM

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Punjai Puliampatti

1) Sri Kamakshi amman temple
This is one of the Sakthi peetams and the Amman here is in santha swaroopam.
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2) Sri Ramalinga Sowdeswari ammn temple
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3) Sri Annamalayar temple

4) Sri Plaque Mariamman temple


1) Sri Venugopala swamy temple

Lord Venugopala is seen facing East in a handsome standing posture alongside Rukmini and Satyabhama holding a conch and chakra in two hands and playing a flute with the other two hands.
While Venugopalaswamy is the main deity at this temple, there are two other forms of Vishnu also in this temple. To the right of Venugopala Sannidhi is the Lakshmi Narayana Sannidhi, where the Lord is seen in a sitting posture. Inside this sannidhi is an underground tunnel that is believed to date back to the 18th century. Tippu Sultan may have used this underground tunnel during his battles.
Behind the Venugopala Sannidhi is the Ranganatha Sannidhi where the small and handsome Lord Kasturi Ranganathar is seen in a Bhujanga Sayana posture facing the devotees sleeping atop the 7 hooded Serpant Adhisesha.
Mahalakshmi Thaayar is in a separate shrine
At the entrance is the 80 feet high Garudasthamba built on a single stone.
The treasurer of Tippu Sultan whose role was to collect payments/ dues decided to use these payments for the temple. The Venugopalaswamy temple in its current form and structure  with the three tier Raja Gopuram and five Kalasas atop the Gopuram is believed to be a result of his efforts.To mark this event and his contribution to the temple, one can see the sculpture of Tippu and Venugopalaswamy on a pillar at the 108 pillared Maha Mandapa at the entrance of the temple.
108 Pillared Maha Mandapa with artistic sculptures is the biggest for a Vishnu Temple in the region
Ramanuja and Vedantha Desika visited the temple on their way to Melkote
Similar to the Lizard (though not a golden one) at the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kanchipuram, one finds a huge Lizard on the wall of the Western prakara. Invoking the blessings here is said to liberate one from all kinds of doshams.
A unique feature at this temple is the presence of Lord Ayyappa inside the temple. Festivals relating to Ayyappa are celebrated in a grand manner at this temple.

Temple Timing: 6 AM to 12 noon and 5 to 8 PM
Contact: Srinivasa Bhattar/ Lakshmipathy Bhattar @ 94438 99016 / 04295 222002
Office: 94426 03464 / 04295 221899

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2) Sri Bhavaneeswarar temple

Main deity: Bhavaneeswarar with Bhavani Sankari amman
Importance: All deities in this temple including Navagraha are very big in size. 5’ height Pancha muka Eramba Ganapathi in sukha asana on Simha vahanam. Arumugan on peacock, Sahasra linga with a big nandi in front of him. We scan see sculpture of Lakshmi, Annapurani & Saraswathi with intricate work. Navagrahas are with their wives on their vahanas.

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3) Sri Bala Dhandayuthapani Murugan temple at Thavalagiri
A popular hill temple
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Thudiyalur – Kovilpalayam


Distance: 24 kms from coimbatoore.

1) Sri Ranganathar temple
Main deity: Sri Ranganathar in sleeping posture.
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2) Sri Villeeswarar Temple
Ramar worshipped Lord Shiva here
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3) Sri Thirumalai Rayar Perumal Temple
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Sri Kothanda Ramar Temple at Govinda nayakan palayam
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Coimbatore – Mettupalayam (Ooty)

Periya Naicken palayam

1) Sri Kari Varadharaja Perumal Temple
There is also Sri Ramanujar Temple and Mutt is just opposite the Perumal temple.
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2) Sri Ramanujar Temple and Mutt
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3) Sri Raja Ganapathy Temple
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4) Sri Chokkalingeswarar Temple
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5) Sri Raghavendhra Brindhavana
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1) Sri Ranganathar temple

The temple is on a small hill 8 km west of Perianaickenpalayam and is highly popular.
Lord Ranganathar appears in a standing form facing East.

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2) Palamalai Thayar Sri Sengothaiamman temple
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Sri Swayambu Narasimhar Temple at Veerapandi Pudur
Sri Narasimhar moorthy here is Swayambu
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Sri Karana Vinayagar Temple at Mathampalayam
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Karamadai is 30 kms from Coimbatore and 5 kms before Mettupalayam

1) Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple

Main deities: Moolavar: Ranaganathar, a Swayambu Moorthy (only face is seen) is facing East with Thaayar Ranganayaki
Utsavar: Venkatesa Perumal
Agamam / Pooja: Pancharathnam
The main deity Sri Ranganathar is Swayambu
Ramanujar visited the temple on his way from Srirangam to Thiru Narayanapuram
‘Thottiyars’ clan of people lived at Karamadai. A cow of one of the thottiars failed to yield milk all of a sudden. He found out that the cow was shedding milk at a bush. Enraged, he started to cut it and saw blood gushing from inside. He informed the villagers and they found the Swayambu moorthy with Conch and Chakra marks on it. A voice from the sky told them that the Lord was there.  The temple was built then here.
Unlike other Ranganatha temples, where he is in a reclining posture, only the moolavar deity’s face can be seen.
Lord Venugopala graces with consorts Rukmini and Sathyabama. Nammalwar, Sri Ramanujar, and Manavalamamunigal are also present. There are also shrines for Santhanakrishna, Paravasudeva and Nagar. The idols of Venugopala, Rama and Gopikas are very beautiful.
The devotees are blessed on their heads with a silver Rama banam instead of the unsual chadari.
This temple of 16th Century is set in the backdrop of the blue mountain. Karikala Chozhan and Mysore King Krishnaraja Udayar are said to have made contributions to the temple. Thirumalai Nayakkar built the temple walls and several mandapams in and around the temple.
A British engineer wanted to construct a railway line near this temple that would have caused inconvenience to the temple and its festivals. Pleased with the sincere prayers of the devotees, Lord Ranganatha is said to have come, in a white horse, in the dreams of the British engineer, who then is said to have changed the direction of the railway line. The happy British engineer donated a wooden white horse to the temple. To this day, the utsavar deity takes the street processions on this white horse only.

Theertham: Brahma, Garuda and Ashta teertham
Sthala Vruksham: Karai tree
Temple Timing: 6 AM to 12 noon and 4 to 9 PM
Contact: Veda Vyasa Sudarshana Bhattar@ 94873 60717 or 04254 273 043 / 272 318 / 273 018.

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2) Sri Nanjundeswarar temple

Main deity: Nanjundeswarar with Ulagambikai or Lokha nayaki ammai.
There are shrines for Vishnu, Mahalakshmi, Agora Veera badhrar, Mahishasura Mardhini, Rishabarudar apart from other shrines.
Vimanam: Asthagaja vimanam.

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Sri Kulanthai Velayutha Swamy (Subramanya swamy) temple at Kurundha malai

Location: 8 kms South-West of Mettupalayam and 6 Kms West of Karamadai
The temple is situated on a small hillock with picturesque surroundings full of kurunda trees and hence named Kurundamalai.
Subramanya swamy, beautifully depicted, is present here as a small child known as Velayudha perumal.
It is said that Sage Agasthiyar got ‘Mandira Upadesam’ from Lord Muruga at this temple. The temple is a testimony to architectural excellence.
Temple Timings: 7 AM to 12 noon and 4 to 7 PM

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Sri Madheswara temple at Madheswaran malai
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Sri Vana Badhra Kaliamman temple at Mettupalayam

A highly popular temple, located at about 5.5 kms West of Mettupalayam on the way to Nellithurai. There are Nelliappar and Kanthi amman shrines also in this Durga temple.

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Mettupalayam – Sathyamangalam

Then Thirupathi Temple at Jadayampalayam

This new and popular temple is owned by the private K.G.Denim group and very well maintained. Kalyana utswam for Lord Venkateswara is done everyday.

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Sri Kothandaramar Temple at Sirumugai

When Sri Anjaneyar from Idugampalayam comes to this temple on Sriramanavami day, Sri Ramar comes out and receives his bakthan by Himself. This is a grand and highly popular festival celebrated every year.

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Sri Jaya Mangala Anjeyanar temple at Idugam palayam

This temple is 50 kms from Coimbatore and 6 kms South-East of Sirumugai.
Lord Anjaneyar moorthy was installed by Sri Vyasa Raya during the Krishna Deva Raya’s rule. The uniqueness of this moorthy is that it is carved out from a single monolithic rock and has a distinct posture. On the right side of Lord Anjaneyar is Lord Vinayaka and Nandhi, also carved out on the same rock. On the pivot side of Lord Vinayaga are carvings of Kamadenu shedding milk on Lingam.
According to the epic, Lord Rama requested Lord Anjaneya to get a Lingam to do pooja. On Lord Anjaneya not returning for a long time, Lord Rama made a Swayambu Lingeswarar Himself. Returning with a Lingam, Lord Anjaneya placed  his Lingam besides the Swayambu Lingeswarar.

This is a Chandra (Lord Moon) parihara sthalam and being recommended to his readers by Kumudam Jyothidam Sri A.M.Rajagopalan.

Temple Timings:
On Saturdays: 6 AM to 11 PM
On all other days: 6 AM to 7 PM

Contact: + 91-4254-54994. Mobile: 98422 12366.

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Sri Murugan Temple at Odhimalai

Location: Odhimalai is located at 25 kms east of Mettupalayam en route Bhavani Sagar dam.
Though Lord Muruga is considered to reveal the meaning of Pranavam “Ohm” to His father Lord Shiva at Swamimalai, this place is also considered for the very same Legend. There are places around Odhimalai to support this.
The place is called Odhimalai since Lord Muruga recited (Odhuthal in Tamil means recital) the meaning of pranavam to His father.
Once Lord Brahmma was not respecting others since he thought, as the God of creation, he was the greatest. Lord Muruga, wanting to teach a lesson to him, asked the meaning of pranavam and he could not explain. So Lord Muruga put Lord Brahmma in a prison of iron room at Irumbarai (Irumbu means iron and arai means room in Tamil), about 3 kms from Odhimalai. Lord Shiva then cooled down Murugar and released Brahmma from the prison.
Originally Lord Muruga at Odhimalai is said to have had 6 faces and 12 arms. Bhogar, one of the 18 siddhars was performing yagna at a location about 1 km from Odhimalai. Lord Muruga gave darshan to Bhogar after he had completed three yagas. Bhogar wanted to reach Pazhani but was not sure of the way. Muruga took a form with one face & four arms and led Bhogar towards Pazhani. He stopped at a place called Kumaarapaalayam about 4 kms from Odhimalai and gave further directions to Bhogar to reach Pazhani and vanished. The Murugar idol in the temple at Kumarapalayam is seen with 1 face and 4 arms and  the Lord resides at Odhimalai with the remaining 5 faces and 8 arms.
There are around 1,880 steps to reach the temple situated on the hill. Vehicles cannot go up to the temple. Along the way is a shrine for Lord Ganesha. There are also separate shrines for Naagar, Idumban, Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Rajarajeswari, Saptha mathas. Lord Muruga gives darshan in standing posture with 5 faces and 8 arms facing East. Since Muruga of this temple is a young lad before the Soorasamharam, the vahanam behind the idol is considered to be Indran in the form of the peacock. He has one foot forward, as if he is ready to rush to assist His devotees. The right lower arm is in abhaya mudra & the left lower arm is in varada mudra. In his right upper arms he holds the sword, arrow and vajram. In this left upper arms he holds the shield, bow and paasam.
Arunagirinathar sang Thiruppugazh on this Murugan.
The temple is open for darshan only on Mondays, Fridays, full moon & new moon days, Krithigai and on other special pooja days.
If you go in the late afternoon you can enjoy the glorious sunset at the hilltop.

Note: At the base of the hill Bohar Yaha Kundam is there.

Note: Though I had not yet visited the temple yet, I had a fantastic experience with Odhimalai Murugan when I passed through it.
Few years back I was passing through Odhimalai from Mettupalayam to Bavani Sagar / Bannari amman temple. I was not knowing anything about this temple at that time and I was just enjoying the beauty of the hill and the hill top temple but strongly wished to climb the hill and worship the God there some time. We went to Bannari amman temple and Bavani Sagar temple and returned via the same road in about 2 hours. On return, there was a road block by the local villagers for some issues and vehicles were not allowed. So we had to take a round trip around the temple and join the main road! It was an exact circumambulation of the hill combining both onward and return journeys! While the road was clear during the onward trip, in just about 2 hours there were some issues & road blocks and we were made to go around the hill! and indeed I enjoyed His wish!

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Sri Kaliasanathar temple at Irumparai

Located at 3 kms from the base of the Odhimalai temple, this has a legend connection with the Odhimalai temple

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Sri Thimmaraya Perumal Temple at Pattakarampalayam

The temple is located at less than a km from the Irumparai temple

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Bannari & Bhavani Sagar

Sri Bannari Amman temple at Bannari

Location 14 kms from Sathya mangalam
Main deities: Swayambu linga known as Bannareeswarar and Marriamman.
The most popular amman temple of the Kongu region.
Though main deity of the temple is the Swayambu lingam, the temple is more popular as an Amman temple.
The swayambu linga is near the foot of the Amman.
Kundam Festival:
The most popular annual Kundam festival is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Panguni (March – April) where thousands of devotees from different directions throng the temple in this month which is marked by festivity and gaiety.

Sthala vruksham: Vengai tree.
Theertham: Sakthi teertham.

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The Bhavani Sagar dam is a beautiful place to visit

Sri Someswarar temple at Danayahan fort

Looks like close to the Bhavani Sagar dam, exact location unknown.

The main deity Someswarar is a Swayambu lingam with Mangalambihai amman.
There are shrines for Madhava Perumal, Navaneetha Krishnan, Anjaneyar, Neelakanda Nayanar apart from the other shrines.
Sage Durvasar and Janamejaya Aragan worshipped the Lord here.

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  1. Deatr Sir,

    You may visit Kadu Hanumatharaya Swami Temple in Dharapuram. It is 90 Km from Erode and 92 Km from Coimbatore 22 Km from Palani and 22 from Kangeyam 40 Km from Tiruppur. The God is very powerful and varaprashadhi. You may visit and include it in your profile.

  2. Dear sir, First many thanks for your wonderful job.

    Some important & famous temples are missing in and around periyanaickenpalayam.

    Santhapetai Maha mariamman temple -Old temple – Periyanaickenpalayam Panchayat

    Mahalakshmi temple – Kasthuripalayam -Periyanaickenpalayam Panchayat.

    Renukadevi temple – Behind lions club mahal –Periyanaickenpalayam

    Dhandu mariamman temple – Jothipuram.Periyanaickenpalayam Panchayat

    Veerapandi Mahamariamman temple –Old temple -No 4 -veerapandi .

    Dhakshana Shirdi Sai Baba Temple –Palamalai road -Naickenpalayam –Periyanaickenpalayam.

    Vanjiamman temple -Palamalai road- Periyanaickenpalayam.

    Veeramasthi Amman temple -Palamalai road-Periyanaickenpalayam.

    Ponni karupparayen temple –Santhi medu -Mettupalayam road .

    Sri Ragavendra manthralayam –Santhi medu -Mettupalayam road

    Sri Ayyasamy temple –Jothipuram.Periyanaickenpalayam Panchayat.

    Sri thannachi siddhar temple – Selvapuram —7kms from veerapandi pirivu -Mettupalayam road

  3. Sir, near Perundurai of Erode district, there is a small village called Thiruvachi Chinniampalaym and its having a Old SriKarivaratha Raja Perumal temple( Syuambu) and its very ancient and Maha Sambrosham will be held on04-09-17. We wish to come with book detailing about history of the temple.will you be able to help us in this regard. Thank you.

  4. Alandurai is near Isha yoga centre (Perur-Theethipalayam-Alandurai Raghu kethu parikara sthlam-South Kalahasthi)

  5. Kovilpalayam(sarkar samakulam)KALAKALESWARAR-GURU Parikarasthlam,kanuvai-Thadagam road -many temples r there.

  6. there is a big shiva shrine in perianaickenpalayam on mettupalayam road called chokkanathar have left out R.S.Puram kamakshi amman tample and annapoorneshwari temple,there is shiva shrine in vellalore off singanallur – podanur road . this is a kalabhairava parihara sthalam.
    there is a svayambhu NARASIMHA murthy temple in veerapandi ,2 kms off main road ,on perianaickenpalayam -mettupalayam road.

    • Thank you very much for the valuable information, Sri Ramachandran. I’ve updated the blog with your temple information also.

  7. Dear Mr Raju
    You have mentioned as “Normally Lord Shiva is seen with only one devi, Parvathi, in different names / manifestation but here He is seen with Goddess Parvathi on one side and Goddess Ganga on the other side.”

    I am wondering as to why in Madurai and surrounding area temples we have “piriyAvidai”. In Madurai Temple SundarEswarar is accompanied only by piriyAvidai. What is the source for this practice?


  8. Very very useful for people like us who do not know much about Coimbatore zone…

    If possible some updating by you or by people who have later on visited the temples could make this page much more useful and current..
    updating could be by way of adding contact numbers of the temple offices, priests, darshan timings, how to offer Neivedhyams in advance by phone booking etc… may be some photographs can also be included..

  9. Malleswaran Mudi near Anaikatti is also a Sacred Hill — Equal Distance to Velliangiri Hill — Lord Shiva got married to Malli(Sakthi) here

  10. iam extremly thankful . it is very helpful . i suggest you can add some more like pachaimalai and pavazhamalai malathi

  11. Excellent job. I always read your travelogues before I travel.
    If someone could arrange taking to temples it would be a great job and
    I shall join the tour. Like, if Coimbatore=Erode trip, like that some tours
    can be arranged for smaller groups/

  12. Very useful informations collected with much pain and labour for use of devotees and general public.Keep going with such excellent work for the betterment of mankind.The Gods and Goddesses will surely shower their blessing on you and your family.Our prayers for such Godly blessings to continue such good works. NARAYANAN.L,COIMBATORE-38

  13. Really its very informative for working on the Indian culture and Traditions.
    We are also working something similar as we don’t have the records any one worked on the same.
    The thought have been given to collect the details after the Vigraha Prathishta at Dhayan Mandir and Temple by TTD in New Delhi. Request your support.

  14. Thanks for a detailed sthalapuranam of many temples. Ancient and popular temples in villages like Kolumum, Kaniyur, Appakudal can also be included in your temple tours. Kuppuswamy

  15. You should also include Temples in and around Erode. Some of the Temples at Perundurai are , Shri Venkateshwara Temple near Bus Stand At Perundurai, Eshwaran Temple Near Bust Stand at Perundurai and Shri Mukhya Prana Swamy Temple at Agraharam Street Perundurai. There is one famous “Murgan” Temple at “THINDAL” near Erode. There are many more . Please include the same in the near future. I appreciate your efforts

  16. Goodninformation.But still some more prominent temples have been omitted. namely ,In coimbatore one more Gopalakrishna temple at Sami Iyer pudu st, 2 ,Periyanayakan palayam -sri Raghavendra Brindavana.3. Karamadai ranganathar temple 4. Venkateswara Temple near sirumugai ( Privately owned by KG Denim Group)
    In Pollachi- 1. sri Seetha rama Anjaneya temple in chatram rd 2. Kariyavaradaraja Temple , in the Bazar st,
    These are few temples which may be included in the list

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