Dandu Marriamman. Palani, Idumban Koil and Kozumzm temple. Coimbatoore.  

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  1. Dandu marriamman Temple:

    It’s a marriamman temple in the coimbatoore city. Small miniature parts of body are available here. People who have ailments worship goddess and offer particular parts to get rid of their ailment. They believe in this ritual. Annual celebrations of the temple falls in the month of April.

  2. Palani: Subramanya Swamy temple.

    The place is about 57 kms from Dindukkal. Teertham is known as Vaiyapuri teertham.
    Sthala vruksham is Nelli maram.{amla}

    Main deity is Bala Dandayudhapani.

    Importance: The idol is made of navabashanam by chittar called Bogar and installed by him. Bogar ashram is there in this place.

    Story is once Siva had a mango and he said the mango will be given to one ie: Ganesha or Subramanya, who goes around the world first.

    Murugan started with his vahana peacock started to take a round, while Ganesha went around Siva and Parvathi. Since they are the supreme power and creator it is equal to going around the universe. Siva was pleased with Ganesha’s reply and gave the mango to him.

    When Muruga turned up he saw the mango in hands of Ganesha he got angry and he left the place and came to Palani and stayed back in this place at down hill

  3. Idumban koil:

    This is near palani malai. The temple is on the top of hill and there 670 steps to reach the top. One has to visit this temple before visiting palani murugan.

    Importance: The sculpture is huge in size and holding thulabaram made of bamboo to the shoulder. Idumban is a rakshas who fought with murugan and was defeated. He requested murugan that he should be remembered in history.

    Another story is Idumban was asked to carry two mountains Siva giri and sakthi giri to either side on his shoulder. After sometime he was tired and he rested the mountains here. From that day onwards the habbit of taking Kavadi started says purana.

  4. Kozumam or Sankrama nallore: Siva temple.

    The place is about 18 kms from Udamalaipettai of coimbatore. Teertham is Amaravathi teertham.

    Main Deity is Swayambu lingam known as Sozieeswarar or Thandeeswarar and his consort known as Bruhan nayaki amman.

    Importance: This is one of the oldest temples of Kongu nadu. Nataraja of this place is unique and it is huge in size made of stone.


Temples around Coimbatore .  

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We visited Palghat for Kumbabishekam of sreenivasa perumal temple at Noorani village on 22 of April 2007. We availed the opportunity to visit temples of coimbatore and near by places.

Our tour started from 23 april and it was 5 day trip. Summer was horrible, so we had to skip some places according to our plan. We were 5 in number and we hired a taxi to go around.

We covered almost 300 kms on an average daily.Our taxi fare was Rs per head without our stay and food. We spent only a day in hotel. Our thanks, to my friend’s sister for hospitality, shown to us. We did enjoy our stay at their place.

  1. Bannari: Siva temple.

    The place is about 14 kms from Sathya mangalam, is Vengaivanam.

    Main deity is Swayambu linga known as Bannareeswarar and Marriamman.
    Sthala vruksham isVengai tree. Teertham is sakthi teertham.

    Importance: Linga is near the padam of Amman.

  2. Venugopala swamy:

    This temple is in Sathyamangalam and it is 800 years old.

    We see Kalyana Vinakar, Sudarshnar, Yoga Narashimar, Ranganadhar, Kalyana Lakshmi, Iyappan, Lakshmi Narayanar, Veera Anjeyanar and Vinaya Anjeyanar in temple premises.

  3. Bhavaneeswarar temple: Siva temple.

    Main deity: Bhavaneeswarar and Bhavani Sankari.

    Importance: All deties in this temple including Navagraha are too 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 see sculpture of Lakshmi, Annapurani and Saraswathi with intricated work. Navagra’s are with there wife on their vahanas. Maintance of the temple is good.

  4. Punseipuliampatti: Sakthi peetam. Amman here is santha swaroopam.

  5. Pongaloore: Vishnu temple in Avinasi taluk.

    Main deity: Sree devi Bhoodevi wdith Varadaraja perumal.It is 700 year old temple.

  6. Annoor: Vishnu temple.

    The place is about19 kms from Avainasi.

    Main deity: Kari varadaja perumal and Andal in different sanctum.

  7. Annoor: Siva temple.

    The place is about 19 kms from Avinasi, and 30 kms from coimbatore

    Main deity is Swayambu linga known as Mannieswarar and his consort Arunthavaselvi.

    Importance: one of the Siva temple were sanctum is facing west. The temple is in low level. As we enter the temple we see Ganesha to left and Nataraja with Sivakami ammai.

    Main deity swayumbu linga is big in size and the base known as avudai is attached to the linga portion. Linga has wings which the archaka show if we ask for the importance of the deity.

    Purana says linga portion came down flying and rested at this place which was found when an hunter was trying to remove sweet potato from the ground, he saw blood and he found the linga which was installed by the king later.

    There is mark on the top of the linga. Normally the wings are not seen because of the alankara. The siva linga was called as Manneesar.

    After coming out of the temple 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.

    Goddess Arunthavaselvi is seen in different sanctum. Other deities like Subramanya, Dakshina moorthy, Bairava, Soorya and Chandra are there.

  8. Avinasi:

    This is One of 275 Siva Devara Sthalam.

    The place is 41kms from Coimbatoore.

    Main deity isSwayambu linga knowdn as Avinasi Appar and his consort Perum nayaki amman. Teertham is Naga Kanni teertham. Sthala vruksham is Padari tree.

    Vinasi means huge destruction. Avinasi means which protects from huge destruction. The old name of the temple is Thirupu kulioor.

    Importance: There is a 70’height single stone deepa sthamba with sculptures of Vinayaka and Sundarar. We see a pond in front of the temple and a Padari tree.

    Sthala purana says root of Kasi kshetra Linga is upto this place, and the Linga is formed on it. Brahma worshipped hence the name Brahmapureeswarar.

    Arunagiri nadhar sang Thirupugazh on subramanya of this place. We see a well inside the temple known as Kasi well.

    The purana says ganges of kasi is in the form of well here. The Linga here was worshipped by Parvathi and she did her penance. Siva was pleased and he gave her place, to the right side of body. So the Goddess sanctum is to the right side of Siva sanctum.

    The temple belongs to 10th century. Brahma worshipped and got rid of his sin. Others who worshipped Siva of this place are Iravath, Thadagai, Naga kannagai, and Rama who were blessed.

    Sundarar and Navukkarasar sang hymns about Siva.

  9. Mondi pallyam: Vishnu temple.

    Main deity is Venkateswarar Swamy on plantain flower.

  10. Kumaran kundram: Subramanya swamy known as Kalyana Subramanyar.

  11. Then Tirupathi:

    The temple is a private one of recent time. They temple owned by Annor Govinda swamy Naidu. The temple construction is according to agama sastra. Well maintained and every day Kalyana utswam for Lord Venkateswara.

    The place is surrounded with plants and trees which are useful for pooja. We reach the main sanctum after climbing few steps.

  12. Idugam palayam: Anjeyanar temple.

    Main deity: Hanumantharayar and we have Ganesha sculpture in one single stone and in the same stone there is a Lingam, sarpam at either sides, Surya, Chandra Mushikam.

    At the back of Ganesha we see Nandi to the same stone.

  13. Mettupalayam: Vana Durgai temple.

    Durga temple were we have Nelliappar sannadhi and Kanthi amman sannadhi also.

  14. Kurutha malai: Subramanya swamy temple.
    The place is about 18 kms from Mettupalayam.

    Importance: It is a small hillock. Subramanya swamy seen here as a small child and known as Velayudha perumal. This is one of the hillock were Muruga played as a small boy.There are many such hillocks in Kongu nadu were Muruga has played.