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
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.