Amanalingeswarar Temple, Thirumoorthy Hills, Udumalaipettai, Tirupur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Locale:||Thirumoorthy Hills, Udumalaipettai|
|Address:||Sri Amanalingeswarar Temple,Dhali, Tirumurthimalai,
Udumalpet, Coimbatore district
|Phone||+91-4252 – 265 440|
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m continuously.
Four pujas are performed on Mahasivarathri day in February-March. The devotee crowd is usually huge on Aadi new moon day (Aadi Amavasya in July August), Thai new moon day – Thai Amavasya – in January – February, Mahalaya Amavasya – new moon day in Purattasi in September – October. Special pujas on Sundays at 12.30 p.m. and special pujas in Aavani Sundays in August-September and annual abishek days in August are the festive days in the temple.
It is believed that those waiting for a child should bathe in the holy spring, worship the Saptha Kannikas for the purpose. Those having rashes or scars in the face (called Maru in Tamil) are advised to bathe in Thoni River and put salt and pepper in the river. Women seeking child boon are advised to sit on a stone called Varadikal with a coconut and fruits and should pray with a determined mind.
During the prayer, if they unknowingly touch the coconut and the fruits, they are sure to achieve the boon. Also unmarried youth seeking higher education, jobs, and peace of mind pray here with fruits and coconut to the Lords. The temple is famous for the sandal paste worship. It is believed that if the devotees throw the sandal balls on the Lord, and if that ball sticks on the forehead of the Lord, their prayers would be fulfilled.
Legend / Local stories
According to Hindu mythology, Atri Maharishi along with his wife Anusuya Devi lived here. Sage Narada was moved by the Anusuya’s Devotion to husband and he praised her a lot before the wives of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva which made them envious of her. They requested their husbands to reduce her devotion to husband. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva went to Anusuya as guests when Atri Maharishi was not there at home. They asked her to serve them food.
When she agreed to do so, they said that they will accept her alms on the condition that she serves them without wearing clothes. Anusuya falls into a quandary. If she comes without clothes in front of other men her devotion to husband will be reduced. If she refuses then that will be a disgrace to the guests and they can take away all the power of Atri. Anusuya felt that the three guests who asked such a strange favour are not common people since they are trying to place her in a fiddly situation.
Anusuya prayed to her husband in her mind and said that she doesn’t have any fear serving them without clothes as she is not affected by desire. When she heard the guests asking for alms saying Oh Mother! Give us some food where they called her a mother, she decided to consider them as her children and serve them as requested. Because of her greatness and as per her thoughts by the time she came to serve food the three gods became small children and her breasts started producing milk. She then breastfed them and put them to sleep in a cradle.
Atri came back afterwards and hearing the story from Anusuya praised the three gods sleeping in the cradle. They woke up in their original form and praised Anusuya’s devotion to husband and gave her a boon. Anusuya requested that these three should be born as her children—the incarnation of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma as sage Durvasa, Dattatreya and the moon-god Chandra. The Thiru Moorthi’s blessed the couple and hence the place is known as Thiru Moorthi hills.
Of the many places sacredly attached to Lord, Tirumuthi hills occupy a significant place, because, it is believed that Lord graces here invisibly as a child. He imparts all boons the devotee asks for. Tirumurthimalai is also the place indicated by Lord Shiva to Sage Agasthya to have his Kailash wedding darshan. The place is also revered as Panchalinga Sthala, hence praised as Kailash of South.
How to Reach:
It is situated 50 Kms from Pollachi and 23 kms from Udumalpet on the highway from Palani to Coimbatore. Panchalingas are at a height of 900 meters from the foot hill. Bus facilities are conveniently available from Udumalpet and Dharapuram via Dhali. Nearest Railway Station is located at Udumalpet and Nearest Airport is located at Coimbatore.
Sri Amanalingeswarar Temple,
Udumalpet, Coimbatore district
Phone: +91-4252 – 265 440