Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple, Avinashi, Tirupur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Tiruppukkozhiyur (also called Karunaiyaaththaal Temple, Avinasilingeswarar temple and Avinasiappar temple) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in Avinasi, a panchayat town in Coimbatore district in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Shiva is worshipped as Avinasiappar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Karunambigai. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.
The temple complex covers five acres and it houses two gateway towers known as gopurams, each facing the Avinasiappar and Karunambigai shrine. The temple has a number of shrines, with those of Avinasiappar and his consort Karunambigai being the most prominent. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and four yearly festivals on its calendar. The Brahmotsavam festival is celebrated during the day of the Magam (February – March) is the most prominent festival.
The original complex is believed to have been built by Cholas, while the present masonry structure was built during the Nayak during the 16th century. In modern times, the temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamilnadu. The Avinashi temple is believed to be the first among the seven shivastalams of Kongunadu. Avinashi is part of the ancient Kongunadu which now comprises the districts of Coimbatore, Salam, Dharmapuri, Karur and Palani. Avinashi temple is located on the Chennai Cochin NH47 highways.
The Tamil saying goes – Kasiyil Vasi Avinashi meaning that what the devotee derives by worshipping in Kasi-Varanasi, he/she derives half of the benefits by worshipping Avinashilingeswara in Avinashi. Lord Avinashi Appar, Lord Bhairava and the holy water-Theertham- are brought from Kasi. Bathing in the Kasi well in the temple on new moon day-Amavasya brings manifold benefits to the devotee. There will be no interval closing of the temple on new moon days. Vinasam in Sanskrit or Tamil means perishable. Avinashi means imperishable.
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How to Reach:
This temple is situated 40 kms from Coimbatore and about 13 kms from Tirupur on the Coimbatore Road. The temple is located on the main road. Frequent Bus facilities are available from Coimbatore, Thiruppur and Erode. The nearest railway station is at Tiruppur (10 Kms from Avinashi) and the nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport (40 kms from Avinashi). Another Paadal Petra Sthalam Thirumurganpoondi is about 5 Kms. from here.
Arulmigu Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple
Avinashi – 641 654, Tirupur District
Phone: +91- 4296 – 273 113
Mobile: +91 – 94431 39503