Balaji temple, Sivan Malai, Karoor, Marriamman and Venjama koodloor temple. Karoor.  

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  1. Balaji temple:

    The temple is in Tirupoor town. It is popularly known as Tirupathi. It is in the same to the other end of Guruvayoor temple.

    Importance: The temple is recent construction well maintained, and everything is performed in a systamatic way. We see sculpture relating to Vishnu avataras, all through the temple. If one gets opportunity to visit Thirupoor do not miss to visit the temple.

  2. Sivan malai: Subramanya swamy temple.

    The place is about 4 kms from Kangeyam. There are about 200 steps to climb. There is road laid so that car can reach till the top.

    Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Vennieeswarar, Nanjundeeswarar and Parvardhini amman. Sthala vruksham: Kotti.

    Importance: Puruna says the mountain is a bit of Sanjeeve parvatham. Butter and curd are offered to God here. Subramanaswamy is seen with four hands and a face. He is sitting on peacock. Hanuman worshipped Siva in this place and we see hanuman in separate sanctum here.

    Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Subramanya swamy of this place.

  3. Karoor: Siva temple.

    This is one of 275 important siva Devara Sthalam. The temple dates to 2nd century.

    The place is about 76 kms from Trichy, 112 kms from Coimbatoore and 100 kms from Salem.

    Main Deity is Swayambu lingam known as Kalyana Pasupadeeswarar, and his consort known as Soundara nayaki / Vadivudai amman, / Krupa nayaki and Alankara valli amman.

    Sthala vrukasham: Ashoka plant. Teertham: Amaravathi, Brahama, Thakadai teertham, Denu teertham and Muruga teertham.

    Importance: Kamadenu worshipped Siva of this place hence the name of the temple is Karoovur Anelai and kamadenu acquired the power of creating living beings.

    The other deities in the temple are Kanni Ganapathy, Murugan, Nayanmars, Natarajar Mahalakshmi, Karimala varadhar, Arunagirinadhar, Dandayudhapani and Navagraham.

    Arunagirinadhar sang Tirupugazh on Murugan of this place, and Sambandhar sang hymns on Siva of this place

  4. Mariamman temple of Karoor

  5. Thanthondri malai: Balaji temple.

    The temple belongs to 12th century.Location: Karoor.

    Main deity is Swayambu Balaji

    Importance: This temple is a cave temple. Venkatachalapati ie: Balaji idol is big in size. There is no separate Goddess. Here he is known as Kalyana Venkatesa perumal along with Lakshmi in him. Utsavar here is known as Sreenivasar and Ubaya nachiar thayar.

    The temple is on small hillock. Normally vishnu temples abishakam is done only once in a week but, here like Siva, Sreenivasa perumal is interested in daily abishekam different from other vishnu temples. The temple is important prarthany sthalam.

  6. Venjamak Koodaloor:

    One of 275 important siva Devara sthalam. The temple is about 16 kms from Karvoor.

    Main Deity is Swayambu linga known as Kalyana Vikrutheeswarara and Panneer mozhiammai. Teertham is Vikrutha teertham and Kudavanaru. Sthala vruksham is Vilvam.

    Importance: Siva here was worshipped by King Venjan of hunter caste. Kuduvnaru and Chitraru sangamam so the place is known as Venjamakoodal. Indra worshipped Siva of this place to get rid of his curse by Agalaya.

    Sundarar sang hymns on Siva andArunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugan of this place.

  7. Koniamman of coimbatoore

  8. Puliampatti: Ganesa. The temple is in Coimbatoore town.

    Importance: Ganesa is in the centre of the road and it is huge in size.

Thiru Avinankudi, Periya Nayaki, Kodai mangalam, Komara lingam. Coimbatoore.  

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  1. Thiru Avinankudi: Subramanayaswamy.

    Main Deity is Velayudha swamy on peacock.

    Sthala vruksham is Nelli maram.

    Importance: Thiru means Lakshmi, A means Kamadhenu, Inan means Surya, Ku means Bhooma devi, and Di means Agni. So by name Thiru Avinan kudi we learn that Lakshmi, Kamadhenu, Surya, Boomadevi, and Agni worshipped velayudha swamy of this place.

    The other deities are Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar, Pada Vinayakar, Vellieeswarar, Parameswarar, Arunagirinadhar, and Someswarar. Arunagirinadhar sang
    Thirupugazh on lord murugan of this place.

  2. Periya nayaki temple:

    The temple is known as oorkoil and it is within the town. The temple was in Kadamba vanam near Shanmuga River, but now we see only the river.

    Goddess is given more importance hence the temple is known as periyanayaki temple.

    The story is when Subramanya swamy left in anger to this place Siva and Parvathi followed him to take him back along with them. Subramanya refused to go with them. Parvathi being a mother she followed her son further and this was the place she was stopped by Siva.

    The deity here is Somaskanda moortham, ie: murugan to the centre and Periyanakayi and Kailasanadhar to either side. Pillars of the temple are beautifully carved.

    Some sculptures like Markandeya rescued by Siva, from yama, Ravana lifting Kailasa parvatha with Siva and Parvathi, Manmadha and Rathi with flower arrow in hand are really good.

  3. Kodaimangalam:

    Siva temple, known as periya Avudiayar koil.

    The place is about 7 kms from Palani. Teertham is Sanmuga teertham. Sthala vruksham is Kadamba vruksham.

    Main deity is Bruhadeeswarar and his consort known as Brughan nayakai amman.

    Importance: This is the place were Siva and parvathi came together following Murugan to take him back home. Here Natraja vigraha is of stone. Navagrahas are huge with vahanas. The other deities are Brahama Thirumal Dakshina moorthy and Rudra.

  4. Kottai: Mariamman temple.

    Main deity: Swayambu Marriamman.

    The temple is in the end of the village and known as ellai katha amman ie: she safe guards the village.

  5. Komara lingam: Siva temple.

    The place is about 4 kms from kozumam. Teertham is Amaravathi teertham.

    Main deity is Kasi viswanadhar and his consort known as Visalakshi.

    Importance: We see two nandi on same platform. One is pradosha nandi and the other is Adigara nandi. Puruna says, this place is equal to Kasi in all respects.

  6. Dattharayea muni jeeva samadhi:

    The place is about 4 kms from kozumam.

    Main deity is Dattathreyeeswarar and Sowandraya nayaki.

    Imporatance: On request of muni Linga was kept and named after him. Pooja is done only two times a day. The temple is kept open only for short time.

Echanari Vinayakar, Mahalakshmi, Anjaneyer, Otraikal mandapam and Soolakal Marriamman. Coimbatore.  

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  1. Govinda nayakan palayam:Rama temple.

    Main deity: Kodhanda ramar sannidhi. Archaka says deity is very powerful and this he has experinced many a times.

  2. Koil palayam: Siva temple.

    Main deity is Siva lingam known as Kalakaleswarar.

    Importance: Guru in different sanctum here.

  3. Echanari Vinayakar:

    The temple is located on coimbatore to pollachi highway.

    Main deity is Vinayakar. The idol here is huge in size.

    Importance: Ganesha was taken from Madurai to Peroor onthe way they stopped here to rest and when they wanted to continue their journey they were not able to lift Ganesha from there. Ganesha settled here according to his wish.

  4. Sree maha lakshmi temple.

    It is on the coimbatoore and Pollachi highway. The temple is private temple.

    Durga Lakshmi and Saraswathi idol made of granite and it is huge in size. Temple is well maintained. Even now we can picturise the goddess of the temple. U can see Dakshina moorthy, Dhanvanthri, Brahma in brass on the sides of outer wall of the sanctum. Brass idols are small in size.

    There is huge Anjeneya in granite placed outside the sanctum and within the compound. The temple is surrounded by flowering plants on three sides.

  5. Baktha Anjaneya:

    The temple is on the Coimbatore and pollachi highway. The temple is care by Ram seva trust. The temple is a small one surrounded by beautiful garden with flowering plants with a neat path way to go around the main sanctum.

    A rare posture of Anjaneya with closed eyes and doing bajan with cymble in his both hands. The idol is 5’ in size made of granite. To the right we see Rama, Sita, and Lakshamana. The place is well maintained. There is a piramid in the compound to sit and mediate inside, where Hanuman photo is kept.

  6. Otraikal mandapam: Siva temple.

    The place is about 23 kms from Coimbatoore to Pollachi highway.

    Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Putridamkondeesar and his consort Poong kodai nayakiin different sanctum.

    Importance: Daily a cow used to pour milk in one place and they had a doubt as to why it is happening so and when they try to find the reason they found the linga in the place.

  7. Ponmalai: Murugan temple.

    The place is popularly kown as Kenathukkadavu.

    Main deity is Subramanya swamy known as Velandhiya swamy temple.

    Importance: The temple belongs to 14th century. It is a small hillock and we see the foot prints of Kumaraswamy here. Purana says Lord Subramanya did not get the mango fruit he left Kailasa and came to Pazani.

    On his way they say he rested his foot on this hillock and the foot print we see is related to it. In the dream of zamindar subramanaya swamy pointed to him that he can find his foot prints on the hill. When zamindar went and saw he found the foot prints. Zamindar constructed a temple and installed the velayudha swamy here and worshipped.

  8. soolakal Marriamman:

    The place is about 9 kms from Pollachi.

    Main Deity: Swayambu Marriamman.
    sullam and Swayambu stone of mahamayi led to the name of the place as Sullakal.

Poondi, Esha Dhyana Lingam, Marudha Malai,Thiru Murugan Poondi and Gurovayoor temple. Coimbatoore.  

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  1. poondi: Velliangiri.

    The place is about 40 kms from coimbatoore. The place is known as Dakshina kailash.

    Importance: Siva worshipped in the form of mountain as swayambu linga. Here Seven hills together known as velliangiri. This place is known as pancha boodha sthalam. Siva known as Panchalingeswarar.

    Foot of the hill Lord Ganesha is there popularly known as poondi vinayakar. We see Sivalinga at foot hill known as velliangiri nadhar and Soundara nayaki amman.

    The temple dates back to 3000years old and malai vazh makkal worshipped here. They say lot of chittars penanced and worshipped here. Puruna says Arjuna penenced and worshipped and got his pasupadasthram. We see people climbing up hill to have darshan of pancha lingaswarar.

  2. Dhyana lingam:

    The place is known as Esha dhanaya maiyam beyond religion.

    We see Sarva dharma stupa of 17’height at the entrance with symbols of all religion on its sides. To one side we see seven chakkras present in human body depicted on it. On the top of thestupa we see sun face.

    As we enter and go around trimoorthy swaroopam ie: Rudra, Vishnu, and Brahama are seen. There the followers ask us to maintain silence the moment we enter in and observe till we get out from there.

    We see water flowing down and there is mercury lingam in the water, so the water has power to heal all ailments. Person who takes a dip can touch the linga for full effect. Bathrooms are provided so that one can take a bath and then take a dip in the water. The place is well maintained.

    The Dhanaya maiyam building is in circular form. Inside we have a big linga surrounded by water. One can sit and mediate. The class is conducted to teach about medetation.

    While comming out us see Patanjali statue and opposite to it vanasree ie: tree with golden leaf is seen. To the side walls we see stone pictures depicting puranas.

  3. Chinna koil: Siva temple.

    Main deity:is Ambalavanar and his consort Akilandeeswari.The temple belongs to Rishi period. There is a river flowing beside.

  4. Marudha malai: Subramanya swamy temple.

    The place is about 12 kms from coimbatoore.

    Main Deity is Bala Subramanaya swamy.

    Importance: The temple is on small hill. One side of marudha malai we have vellaingiri in the form of Siva and to the other side we have neela malai which is considered as Paravathi swaroopam, hence Marudha malai is considered as Somaskandha roopam. Down hill we have pampadi chittar samadhi.

  5. Chenni Andavar: Murugan temple.

    Main deity: Subramanaswamy temple. Other deities like Viswanadhar, Visalakshi, Navagraham, Valli Devasena samaydha Kalyana Subramanayar.

  6. Thiru murugan poondy: Siva temple

    The temple is, one of the 275 Siva Devara sthalam The place is about 45 kms from Coimbatoore.

    Main Deity is Swayambu lingam known as Thiru murugha nadhar and his consort known as Muyangu poon malai amman. Teertham is Shanmuga, Brahama and Gyana teertham. Sthala vruksham is Gurukkathi.

    Importance: Subramanya as Arumughan with valli daivanai worshipped Lord Siva of this place, to get rid of his due to sura samhara. Hence the place is known as Thiru murugan poondy.

    Sundarar got lot of wealth from Cheraman peruman nayanar, which was stolen by boodha ganas of Lord Siva in the form of hunter. Sundarar sang hymns on Siva of this place and he got back all his wealth. We see two sundarar idols one sad and one with glowing face.

    Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Lord subramanaya of this place.

  7. Guruvayoorappan temple: Krishna temple.

    The temple is in Thiruppur.

    Main deity: Lord krishna . We see Dasavatara picture on the wall. There is a small hanuman placed outside the main sanctum, to the side. There is Viswaroopa Darshan of Lord vishnu painted.

Karamadi, vana badrakali, Idikari Temple. Coimbatore  

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  1. Karamadai: Siva temple.

    The place is about 5 kms from Mayttupalayam. 30 kms from coimbatore.

    Main deity: Nanjundeswarar and his consort known as Ulagambikai or Lokha nayaki. Vimanam: Asthagaja vimanam.

    Arangar came out from karai plant bush and later he came into the temple hence the name Karamadai.

    Other deities in temple are Nardhana Ganapathy, Bala Subramanayar, Rishabarooder, Kali, Brahma, Thirumal, Thirumagal, and Akora veerabadharar.

  2. Karamadai:

    Vishnu temple of 16 th century.

    Main deity is Ranganadhar and his consort Ranganayaki thayar. Teertham is Brahma teertham.

    Importance: A cow is to pour milk on a snake pit.One day a person saw this and he try to clear the bush wdith the sword he had and he saw blood flowing out. He saw a siva linga there and he informed this to village people. They removed it, cleaned and applied sandal powder and found that Linga had Sanku and chakra marks on it, which we can see even today.

    Another important thing is here they bless with silver Rama banam instead of chadari, (padugai).

  3. Thekkanpatti: Vana Badhara kali temple.

    The place is about 20 kms from Mettupalayam.

    Importance:Halfmoon day lot of people visit the temple.

  4. Mathampalayam:

    Mettuppalayam main road.

    Karana Vinayakar temple, Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Karivaradha perumal, and Karana Subramanayar.

  5. Veerapandi: Mariamman temple.

    Lakshmi narashima swamy temple under renovation.

  6. Prical: Siva temple.

    Main deity is Meenakshi and Chokkeswarar. The temple under renovation

  7. Periya nayakan palayam: Vishnu temple.

    Main deity is Kari varadha perumal.

  8. Idikarai: Vishnu temple.

    The place is about 24 kms from coimbatoore.

    Main deity: Ranganadhar in sleeping posture.

  9. Idikari: Siva temple.

    The place is about 24 kms from coimbatoore.

    Main deity is Siva lingam known as Valeeswarar. Lord Siva of this place was worshiped by Rama. The temple is under renovation.

Tri moorthy malai, Anai Malai, vada Madurai and Peroor Temple. Coimbatoore  

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  1. Tri moorthy malai: Siva temple

    The place is about 20 kms from udumalaipettai.
    The temple is to the foot of the mountain. 900 meter above the mountain pancha linga is there.

    Main deity is Amana lingeswarar and parvathi amman.

    Importance: Brahama , Vishnu and Siva wanted to prove Anusuya's chastity. She transformed them into infants. Parvathi , Lakshmi and Saraswathi came in search of their husbands. They praised Anusuya and got their husbands to orignal forms. Hence the place is known as Trimoorthy malai.

    There is no idol as such. If one take dip in the river and pray god they are blessed with child. The place is full of natural beauty.

  2. Anai malai:

    The place is about 15 kms from Pollachi.

    Main deity: is known as Masani amman.

    Importance: The main deity masani amman in sleeping posture of 17’ length facing the sky.

    The story is Viswamitra the Raja rishi wanted to do yaga at thadaka vanam were thadakai was troubling everyone. So Viswamitra sought the help of Rama to complete his yaga peacefully. Rama in turn worshiped Devi to help him out in his mission.

    Devi asked Rama to make an idol of Devi in mud and worshipher. She asked Rama to destroy the idol before going to face Thadakai. Rama did as he was told but he forgot to destroy the idol.

    After thadakai vadam he came to destroy the idol but at that time Eswari appeared and asked not to do so. She said here after the mud idol will be here, to take care of this place

  3. Vada madurai: Siva temple.

    The place is about 17 kms from coimbatoore.

    Main deity is Virundheeswarar and his consort known as Viswa nayaki amman.

    Importance: Two linga on one sanctum. Big Linga at the back and small Linga to front.

    Sundarar sang hymns on Siva of this place.

  4. Peroor: Siva temple.

    One of 275 Siva Devara Sthalam. The temple is 1800 years old temple. The place is about 6 kms from coimbatoore town. Buses are available. Sthala vruksham is Panneer maram. Teertham is Singa kenaru. (well)

    Main Deity is Siva lingam known as Patteeswarar or Pachai nayaki. Importance: We see Kamadenu at the back of the main deity.

    Subramanayaswamy in dandayudhapani form and Arunagiri nadhar sang thirupugazh on murugan.

    The place is known as Dakshina Kailasam and one can attain mukthi worshipping deity of this place. Bairavar is without vahana in this place which is unusual and known as gyana bairavar.

    Both Vishnu Durgai and Siva Durgai sculptures are there which is rare again. Hanuman of four and half feet made of single wood known as etti maram is installed here.

    Well known Kanaka sabha were 8 sculptures carved on pillars which are so good no words to mention and compare. The moorties are Urthuva thandavam, Akora veerabadharar, Pichadana moorthy, Gajasamhara moorthy, Agni veerabadhara moorthy, Alangattu Kalli amman, Nirthya Ganapathy and Subramanya swamy.

    The pillar sculptures are huge. There are many other beautiful sculptures in the pillars, to see and appriciate. We see Nataraja and Sivakami in kanaka sabha. This sculpture is made by Kamabanachari in 28 years period. There are 36 pillars in total.

    Purana says Kamadenu worshipped Siva of this place for many years. Calf of Kamadenu known as patti, by mistake stamped siva linga, which was covered with mud and it was not able to pull its leg out so Kamadenu tried to clear the mud by its horns. Blood started oozing from the place and kamadenu was worried.

    Siva revealed himself from the spot. We can see the mark of the horns of Kamadenu and hooves of the calf on Siva linga.

    The place is known as Kamadenupuram and Lord Siva known as Pattieeswarar. This is the reason we see Kamadenu with its calf patti at the back of main deity.