Perur Temple

Sri Patteeswara Swamy temple

Sri Patteeswara Swamy temple is an ancient shrine, on the outskirts Coimbatore, in a place with a village-like ambience.
The sanctum of the temple was built by the Chola Emperor, Karikalan, in the Second or Third century CE.  Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Sri Patteeswarar, in the Lingam form.  It is said to be a swayambhu Lingam.  Goddess Parvati is worshipped in a separate shrine, as Sri Pachanayaki.  The Ardha Nandapam and the Mahamandapam were built during the Kongu Chola period (11th to 13th centuries).  The Hoyalas, the Vijayanagar rulers, and their successors, the Nayaks, also lavished their wearth on this shrine.  Inscriptions, dating to the 13th century, also refer to the contributions made by the Cheras.  The other main attraction of this temple is the Kanaka Sabha or Golden Hall, where one can find a gold-plated image of Sri Nataraja blessing sages, Gowmuni and Pattimuni.  The Kanaka Sabha was built by the Madurai Nayak, Muthu Alagadri (1659-62), and is a repository of magnificent sculptures.  According to the sthala purana, a calf of the celestial cow, Kamadhenu, was frisking about here when it hit a solid object.  Blood began gushing from the wound.  It was then found that the object was a Shiva Lingam.  A temple was then built round it.

The Kanaka Sabha is well-maintained and well-protected, a veritable treasure house of th ebest of Indian art.  Among some of the masterpieces here a Arumugham, the six-faced image of Sri Subramanya Swamy, Ganapati riding his vehicle, mouse, Agni Veerabhadra Swamy, Nataraja (Vuruva Thandava Moorthy), with his right leg uplifted, in the pose he defeated Goddess Sivakami in their celestial dance competition. Then there is the Goddess Sivakami in their celestial dance competition. Then there is the Goddess Herself, as Kaliamman. Shiva as Pichandana Moorthy and Yanaiyuri Portha Moorthy, Agora Veerabhadrar, etc. The Ceiling is no less beautiful, with colorful murals catching our attention.

Also here are two holy trees, one a palm, Irava panai, the deathless palm, and the other, a tamarind tree, famously known as Pirava puli (unborn tamarind).  Pilgrims flock here to pay homage to their dead relatives.  The temple car parked outside is a veritable object of beauty, with intricate carvings of gods and goddesses.

How to get there:  There are direct buses from Coimbatore Perur.  Or, you could come from Marudhamalai, changing buses en route.

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