Thindal Murugan TempleThere is no wonder in the fact that Lord Murugan, being the Tamil god and the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati has dedicated abodes across the villages, town and cities of Tamil Nadu. Thindal Murugan Temple is one such a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga, located in the textile city - Erode.
As a matter of fact, Thindal Murugan Temple is a pride of Erode as the temple is flocked by hundreds of thousands of devotees from all over the world, throughout the year. It is considered that a trip to the western part of Tamil Nadu, popularly called as the Kongunadu will not be complete without visiting the illustrious Thindal Temple. It is important to mention that the Thindal temple is an important subscriber to the tourism industry of Erode. Let's get to know more about the renowned Thindal Murugan Temple in Erode.
Significance of Thindal Murugan Temple
The notable Murugan temple is situated along the Erode to Perundurai Road, just 5.3 km away from the city center of Erode (via Erode-Perundurai-Kangeyam Road). The temple is perched on top of a small hillock called as Thindal Malai. It is a popular belief in the region that Erode is prospering because of the emplacement of the primary deity of this temple as the Lord Murugan is facing towards the Erode city.
The primary deity of this temple, Lord Murugan is known by several names which include Sri Velayudhaswami, Kuzhanthai velayuthaswamy, Thindal Malai Murugan, Kumara velayuthaswamy and so on. Just like the primary deity, the holy hillock of Thindal Malai is also known by several names which include Thindalpalayam, Thindalmedu, Thindalpudur, Thindalmangalam, Melaithindal, Thindalgiri, keelaithindal and so on.
Shrines and Deities of Thindal Murugan Temple
The entrance arch of the Thindal Murugan Temple is located along the main road. The intricately designed entrance arch exhibits the amazing artistic work of Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga, Goddess Valli, Goddess Devayanai, Lord Muruga's mount or vahana peacock, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. On passing the archway, one can find the first shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha who offers his blessings here in the name of Arasamarathu vinayagar. The next shrine is also dedicated to Lord Ganesh who offers his blessings here in the name of Siththi Vinayagar.
The stairs that lead to the hillock temple starts from the shrine of Siththi Vinayagar. The following few steps will take you to the shrine of Idumban. To reach the hillock temple, one need to climb 150 steps (196.85 ft). The first sannadhi on the hillock is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who offers his blessings in the name of Maga Ganapathi also known as Thala Vinayagar. On top of the hill is the main shrine (sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Velayudhaswami is found. There is a separate shrine dedicated to the urchava moorthy (festival deity) is found just to the left side of the main shrine. The festival deity here offers his blessings together with Godess Valli and Goddess Devayanai.
Quick Facts:Location and Contact Details:
Arulmigu VelayuthaSwamy Thirukkoil
Thindalmalai, Erode- 638 012
Erode Taluk & District
Contact Number: 0424 - 2430114, 2431910
Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department (TNHRCE)
6 AM to 12:30 PM and 4 PM to 8:30 PM
Chitra Pournami, Vaikasi Festival (Visakam), Aadi Perukku, Aadi Krithigai, Aadi Amavasai, Kandhar Shasti, Thirukkarthigai, Markazhi Pooja, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram and so on
Everyday Pooja Timings:
6.00 AM - Vinaakaalam
7.00 AM - Sirukalasanthi
9.00 AM - Kaalasanthi
12.00 PM - Ucchikaalam
6.00 PM - Saayarachai
8.00 PM - Irakkalam
Mudi kanikai mandapam, Restrooms, Changing rooms and so on
Note: Golden chariot (Thangaratham Ulla) is usually conducted around 7 PM
Nearest Railway Station: Erode Junction Railway Junction (Station Code: ED)
Nearest Bus Stand: Erode Central Bus Terminus
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (IATA: CJB, ICAO: VOCB)
As the temple is pretty close to the city center, plenty of budget, mid range and luxury accommodation options are available in Erode city
Note: Everyday, annadhanam is provided at 12:15 PM
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