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Sri Sholingaswami temple
Moolavar: Sholingaswami
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Vedhi theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Somalingapuram
  District: Dindigul
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Shivrathri in February-March, Chitra Poornima in April-May, Aadi Amavasya-new moon day in July-August, Annabishekam in October-November, Tirukarthikai in November-December and all Pradosham days falling on the 13th day from new moon or full moon days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The temple is situated at the foot hill of Harikesha Parvatham. The shape of the hill is such that it looks as if the divine snake Adishesha is holding an umbrella and it also looks like a Shivalinga. Lord Vinayaka graces under Neem and Vilwa trees with Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva before Him.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. continuously.  
  Sri Somalingaswami Temple, Somalingapuram, Kannivadi-624 705. Dindigul district.  
  +91 99769 62536 
 General Information:

There is no Goddess or other sub-deities in the temple.  Only Lord Vinayaka graces sitting under the Neem and Vilwa trees with Nandhi the bull vehicle of His Father Lord Shiva before him.


People pray for relief from the follow-ups of the bad effects of the past birth, for removal of obstacle in marriage talks and women pray for the safety of their mangal sutras and longevity of husbands.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek to Lord. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The temple is situated at the foothill of Harikesa Parvatha hills.  The shape of the hill resembles a Shivalinga and that Adishesha is holding an umbrella for the Lord.  It is a small temple near a rock.  Special pujas are performed on Pradosham, Amavasya, Poornima and Shivrathri days.  Sacred spring Veda Theertha, created by sage Agasthya is near the temple containing many herbal properties curing severe stomach pain.


Behind the Somalingaswami shrine is the cave where Saint Meikandar performed penance.  It is a natural formation.  Devotees pray here to realize mental control and the blessings of Lord Shiva and the Siddhas.  There are also caves in different parts of hill where other three Siddhas performed penance.


Bogar, who made the Navapashana idol of Lord Muruga in Palani also performed penance here.  He sought a virgin of perfect fitness (Anga Lakshanas) for his Gowri Puja.  Konganar and Karuvurar Siddhar could not find a virgin of the description of Bogar and therefore, they made a statue and gave it life and took it to Bogar.  Bogar, with his spiritual wisdom and power found the truth and called the stone-turned virgin ‘Kal Nee Vadi’ -  Kal-stone, Nee-you, Vadi-come.  “You stone come.” The two siddhas sought the pardon of Bogar which he obliged.  Based on this, the place is called Kannivadi.  Kanni-virgin.  Later it changed as Kannivadi according to an ancient book titled Jalathirattu.

  Temple History:

Great Siddhas, Meikandar, Kundalini Siddha, Vazhayanandar, Mukthanandar and others gathered here to perform penance seeking Lord Shiva’s darshan.  They installed a Shivalinga here.  Lord Shiva granted their wish and stayed here and was named Somalingaswami.

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