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Sri Velliangiri Andavar temple
 
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Moolavar: Velliangiri Andavar
  Urchavar:
  Amman / Thayar: Manonmani
  Thala Virutcham:
  Theertham: Kaithatti Chunai, Pambatti Chunai, Aandi Chunai
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 2000-3000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Poondi
  District: Coimbatore
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Tamil and Telugu New Year Days; Chitra Poornima-full moon day in April-May and Karthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  In the 6 feet wide cave temple, Lord Shiva graces the devotees as Pancha-Five Lingas. He is a swayambumurthi. Two rocks on either side of the shrine appear as natural Dwarapalakas-securities. The sand in the fifth hill being the sacred ash, it is called Thiruneer Malai – Hill of sacred ash.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Velliangiri Andavar Temple, Velliangiri Malai, Poondi, Coimbatore  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 422-261 5258, 230 0238 
    
 General Information:
     
 

There are three Kailashs according to scripture, the first being Vada Kailai is in the midst of the sea in the north pole not reachable by humans, the second being Madhya Kailai is in Himalayas which many cannot reach and the third being South Kailai is in this Velliangiri hill near Coimbatore open to all devotees easily.  Shiva darshan in this temple is equal to Shiva darshan in Himalayas, it is believed.

Ascending on the Velliangiri Hill gives the devotee the benefit of one year physical exercise through the breathing of the air carrying the medicinal effect of herbals.  Thousands visit the hill temple on Tamil and Telugu New Year Days and Karthikai.  The foot hill temple is easier for daily visit and worship.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

People pray here for cure from prolonged and serious diseases.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees organize Annadhanam-feeding on realizing their wishes. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

It is strongly believed that feeding one person in Velliangiri temple is equal to feeding a thousand in Kasi-Varanasi.  The hill is associated with stories of Ramayana and Mahabharatha.  There are seven hills here.  It is said that Mother Sita performed penance on Lord Shiva at the fifth hill.  According to Puranas,  Velliangiri is the venue where Lord Shiva appeared as a hunter before Arjuna, fought with him as a play and granted him the Pasupatha weapon.  The hill is 6000 feet high on the Western Ghats.

 

The Siruvani dam supplying drinking water to Coimbatore and the beginning of Noyyal river are in this place.  It is a dense forest throughout the 5.5 Km from the first to the seventh hill.  People visit this place only during Panguni and Chithirai Tamil months covering March to May.  The first six hills from the ground are said to be the six Chakras in human body viz. Mooladara, Swadishtana, Manipooraka, Anakatha, Vishuddhi and Agnga.  The seventh, the abode of Lord Shiva, is the Sahasrara visible to the wise.  It is also known as Shiva Jyothi Dance Hill.

 

Only those with a well built physic and mental determination can take op the trekking.  Those of 14-50 years of age and women worship at the foot hill temple.  Daily pujas are performed here.  The first and the seventh hill are difficult to tread.

 

Kaithatti Chunai is at the second hill and the Pambatti Chunai is at the third where devotees can quench their thirst.  Passing over the fourth, the fifth is praised as Thiruneermalai containing a kind of sand as the sacred ash.  The Andi Chunai in the sixth hill is praised as the Manasa Sarover of the South Kailash.  People proceed further only after a bath here.  The seventh hill though appear easier at a look is indeed very steep to trek.  There are two rocks on either of the shrine here as Dwarapalakas to Lord Shiva in the 6 feet wide cave in the form of Panchalingas.  It is said that even today there are many Siddhas around the place invisible to human eye.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Lord Brahmma was here worshipping Lord Shiva praised as Patti Muni in Perur.  Sage Kalaba, son of Sage Kashyapa also was here with Brahmma worshipping the Lord with a bath in the Noyyal River.  Pleased with their worship, Lord Shiva took them to Velli Mandram and granted His dance darshan with Mother Uma.  That spot is the Swamigiri Malai at the seventh hill.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva graces the devotees from the 6 feet wide cave temple in the form of Panchalingas. There are two rocks on either side of the shrine appearing as Dwarakapalakas. As the sand of the fifth hill is of sacred ash, it is known as Thiruneer Malai – Thiruneeru means sacred ash.
 
     
 
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