Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Popular Daily Prayer Kanda Shasti Kavacham Of Lord Muruga Was First Offered To The World In This Temple - Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple - Chennimalai, Erode

This temple is situated at about 600 meters above sea level and this hill is noted for its natural flora and fauna. This hill also has rare medicinal herbs in its lush green forests. In Devanagiri this hill is called Siragiri and Chenniyangiri. In Tamil it is called Chennimalai. The city underneath the hill is also called Chennimalai. This hill is also called Sigaragiri, Pushpagiri and Siragiri. The Lord of mountains 'Kuringi Andavar', Murugan is highly praised and sung with reference to this abode in Kundruthorādal. Chennimalai is one of them and abounds in natural beauty and splendour.

Chennimalai Muruga Temple Entrance Archway
Chennimalai Muruga Temple Entrance Archway
The most famous temple of Lord Muruga in Coimbatore District is Chennimalai. This world famous temple of Lord Muruga is where Lord Arunagirinathar was blessed with "Padikasu", wealth of coins. This is where an unusual phenomenon, rather a miracle took place in the year 1984 on 12th February. A bullock cart with two bulls climbed the 1320 steps on their own on this eventful day. Saravana Munivar wrote the most popular Chennimalai Sthalapuranam before 700 years. Milk and curds are used as special offerings to Lord Muruga in Chennimalai and it is the general belief that curds do not become sour here.

Steps Leading To Chennimalai Muruga Temple
Steps Leading To Chennimalai Muruga Temple
The temple of Chennimalai is situated on the banks of Noyal also called Kanchima Nadhi. The Sanctum Sanctorum faces the east. Just in front of the temple we find the Puliyadi Vinayagar. Inside the temple to the right of Moolavar we find the shrines of Markandeswarar and to the left Umayavalli. On the left side we find the shrines of Kasi Viswanāthar and Visalakshi. If we take the steps found just behind the Moolavar Sannidhi, we reach the Valli Deyvannai Temple. The two consorts enshrined in a separate temple are a very unique phenomenon. On the top of the hill we find the Pinnakau Siddhar cave with the front yard filled with Vel of different sizes and shapes. This Siddhar is one of the popular 18 Siddhar known to the world for their Siddha yoga. Near this cave we find the Saravana Māmunivar's Tomb. There is also another very ancient cave near this temple.

View Of Chennimalai Temple Main Gopuram From the Steps
View Of Chennimalai Temple Main Gopuram From the Steps
The main deity Murugan is equated to the Sevvai graham or planet Mars and all the rest of the eight planets encircle the Lord in perfect harmony. If one circumambulates the main deity he is believed to get the benefit of circumambulating the navagrahās and worshipping them. As we go further up behind the temple we see the Valli Deyvannai temple. They are in penance to attain Lord Muruga. They are known by the names Amirthavalli and Sundaravalli. A separate temple for Valli and Deyvannai is the most unique feature of this temple. The observance of Shasti fast is also a special feature in this temple. Many devotees take this vow and spend 6 days fasting and praying at the temple premises. The monthly Shasti day after the new moon is also observed with great reverence. Particularly those devotees without progeny sincerely observe this Shasti fast and there are many instances of families coming traditionally on getting their vow fulfilled.

Chennimalai Muruga Temple Main Gopuram
Chennimalai Muruga Temple Main Gopuram
Another most important feature here is that the popular daily prayer of Murugan Devotees, Kanda Shasti Kavacham was first offered to the world in this temple by Balan Devaraya Swamigal. From that day onwards till today many devotees keep chanting this prayer every day. Asking for the Lord's permission before taking up any task like building a new house or getting their children married or any other issue is customary in this temple. Devotees offer an Archanai and perform Sirasappu offering. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative the Devotees do not venture further.

Chennimalai Muruga Temple Kodimaram
Chennimalai Muruga Temple Kodimaram
The holy water for Abishekam is being brought everyday by the temple bulls, which are being maintained by the Devasthanam. This procedure is also a very unique one not found in other temples. Once in twelve years, during drought conditions a spring gushes out water. This spring is on the southern side of the hill temple. This is a miraculous Divine happening. The Vinayagar near the spring called Mamanga Theertha Vinayagar. The people worship this Vinayagar and the holy springs with great Devotion.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Morning Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Chennimalai is situated between Erode and Coimbatore. On the way to Coimbatore, this hill temple is about 8 kilometres south of Ingoor Railway Station. This temple is located in the city of Chennimalai of Perundurai, Erode District. Chennimalai is 26 kilometres from Erode and three kilometres from Perunthurai. Chennimalai can be reached by road from Erode, which is a business centre. The nearest railway station is Ingoor and can be reached by road from Perunturai also. The nearest airport is Coimbatore. The Devasthanam has provided special buses to reach the hilltop.

Chennimalai Muruga Temple Towers
Chennimalai Muruga Temple Towers

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple,
Chennimalai, Perundurai Taluk
Erode,
Pin Code : 638 051,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04294 250223 ; 04294 292263 ; 04294 292595 ; 94439 44640 ; 94886 01080 ; 98422 52163

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