Azhagu Natchiamman Temple – Giri street
Have you knocked your head on the steps of Valampuri Vinayagar? Then move on. A little distance away is the third peacock Mandapa.
Here is Idumban. Tank abutting the hill.The tank spreads over 148 acres. Let us go to the temple here. To the left of the temple stands Idumban canopied only by the sky. In the space where the papal and the neem is growing together, some unknown couple figure is seen half submerged within the earth. Like Nandi, a lion vehicle is seen in front. There are three Azhagu Nachi Amman temples for Devasthanam, one in Kothaimangalam, the second in Kumarasamudram and the third this.
The term Naikkan is used in Chilapathikaram for the father of Kovalan and Kannagi. In Manimekalai this denotes merchants. Nayakan is the same as Naicker. In telegu it became Naicken. The feminine gender became Naichi, then corrupted into Nachi. The Idumban hills extends upto this temple,. Now a doubt arises. Was there a temple for Idumbi hereand was it converted into Azhagu Nachi.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Palani is approximately 100 kilometers from the Coimbatore. Mode of transport from the Coimbatore to the Palani includes taxi, bus and train.
The nearest air port is in Coimbatore. Coimbatore has has regular flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sharjah. Air India, Kingfisher,Indigo,Spicejet and Jet Airways operate flights out of Coimbatore Airport.
There is a rail line through Palani station, stretching Madurai to Coimbatore via Pollachi. Now Tiruchendur to palani via madurai, Chennai central – Palani Express, operating on this line.
The state transport corporation and a lot of private bus operators ply bus from Palani to major cities in Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Tuticorin etc) and also to the neighboring Kerala(Palakkadu, Kochin).