God and Godess :

  • Sri Lingeswarar swamy ,
  • Karunambikai Amman ,
  • Abhirami Amman ,
  • Durga Devi ,
  • Gajalakshmi ,
  • Arupathumoovar & 60 Nayanars ,
  • Lord Vinayaka,
  • Lord Kalabhairava ,
  • Nandarajar.

Location :

Avinashi Lingeswarar temple,
Avinashi (Town) ,
Tiruppur district-641654,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 5:00AM – 12:30PM.
  • Evening 5:30PM – 8:00PM.

Temple History :

Sri Lingeswarar temple is located at Avinashi which is a town in Tirupur district in the Indian state of Tamilnadu.It is one of the popular pilgrim destination in Kongunadu region.Avinashi is part of the ancient Kongunadu which now comprises the districts of Coimbatore, Salam, Dharmapuri, Karur, and Palani. This Place of Great historical importance was known as Thirupukkaliyur in the ancient times. Avinashi temple is located on the Chennai Cochin NH47 highways. The Tamil saying goes – Kasiyil Vasi Avinashi meaning that what the devotee derives by worshipping in Kasi-Varanasi, he/she derives half of the benefits by worshipping Avinashilingeswara in Avinashi. Lord Avinashi Appar, Lord Bhairava, and the holy water-Theertham- are brought from Kasi. Bathing in the Kasi well in the temple on new moon day-Amavasya brings manifold benefits to the devotee. There will be no interval closing of the temple on new moon days.Vinasam in Sanskrit or Tamil means perishable. Avinashi means imperishable.

The east facing shrine of Avinashi Lingeswarar is located on the banks of Nallar river.A Deepasthambam can be seen in front of the temple which is carved of single stone. The lower part of this 70-foot post bears the carvings of lord Ganapathi, Sundaramoorthy Nayanar and the rebirth of a boy from the mouth of a crocodile. This Dheepasthumbam (Post) is a unique feature in all the ancient temples of Kongunadu.A 30 pillar hall built by the King of Mysore, Udayur in the year 1756 is located in front of the Dheepasthumbam.The Main Tower (Raja Gopuram) of this temple is nearly 100 feet height and one of the biggest towers in the Kongunadu.This tower was first built during the period of Kongu Pandian Sundarapandian (1285- 1300). Later reconstructed by the King of Mysore.In the year 1860, the tower was damaged by the lightning and totally demolished by the district administration.The present structure was constructed by Sundara Swamigal of Kumara mutt in the year 1980.The 30 pillar hall located in front of the Theepasthumb was constructed by king Udayar of Mysore, in the year 1756.As we enter through the seven stage tower we can see the Navavanga hall. The deities present in this hall are Orthuvathandava Moorthi, Alankattu Kaliyammai, Veerabadharan and those of who built this particular hall. This hall was raised by the efforts of Kavayapalayam China Kaliyappa Gounder and Periya Kaliyappa Gounder.Thirukalyana hall ( wedding hall ) is located adjacent to the main shrine. The celestial wedding of the lord will be celebrated in this hall during the month of Chithrai. The newly built Vasantha hall can be found Opposite to the wedding hall.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva entered into a dancing combat with Goddess Sakthi. A fierce competition took place and the Lord finally triumphed, when he lifted his leg high above his shoulder. This was a stance that Sakthi could not perform due to modesty and was defeated. Hence, these idols that depict this celestial performance, show the 16 handed Urdhavamurthy, with a triumphant look on his face, with sparkling eyes.Whereas, Alan Gatto Kali, the incarnation of Sakthi, has eyes downcast due to defeat. But, mixed emotions of both fury and humiliation have been brought out in the face of this idol which is considered a masterpiece of sculptor and an excellent example for ancient sculptures. The present structure of the temple was originally built by the king of Konguchola, Pandya HoySalar and the King of Mysore. In 1756 Krishna Raja Udayar of Mysore renovated the temple.

History: Saint Sundarar was passing through a street in Avinahsi. He hears joyous sounds celebrations in a house where the holy thread ceremony – Upanayana – from a house and saw also the sad faces of a couple in the opposite house. He came to know that the boys of the two houses were close friends. While playing near a tank around the temple, one boy was dragged by the crocodile in the tank and died. If alive, his upanayana was also due to be conducted together.Sage Sundarar immediately went to the temple and demanded the Lord to direct the crocodile to give back the boy it swallowed three years ago when he was four. He prayed to Lord with a Pathigam (10 verses).As he sang the fourth stanza begging the Lord to direct the crocodile to return the boy, to the joy of all around him, the crocodile brought back the boy with the growth he would have at the age of seven. Sundarar took the boy to the parents and arranged his upanayana too. This is a great event related with this temple. During the Panguni Uthiram festival in March-April, Mudalai Vai Pillai – boy in the grip of the crocodile – Utsav is celebrated for three days.

Festivals :

  • Car Festival : Car festival is the most important festival in the temples itinerary.
  • The car Festival celebrate during the Brahmotsavam of Chithirai Masam .The relevant months are April – May .
  • The Car or Chariot (Ratham) is the 2nd Biggest in the whole South India.
  • The Chariot was pulled by the devotees.The temple cars was Damaged by fire.Then newly built chariots(Cars) were pulled by Bulldozers now a days.
  • Arubathi Moovar Ula : A part from the car festivals ,Another important occation ,
  • Which is celebrated with a lot of pomp is the Arubathi Moovar ula.
  • It is about the 63 urdent devotees of lord shiva as depict in “ periyapurna”

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Ushat Kalam pooja 5:30AM – 6:00AM.
  • Kala Sandhi pooja 8:00AM – 8:30AM.
  • Uchikala pooja 12:00PM – 12:30PM.
  • Saya Rakshai pooja 5:30PM – 6:00PM.
  • Arthajama pooja 7:30PM – 8:00PM.
  • Archana ,
  • Astothiram,
  • Abhishekam ,
  • Panchamruta Abhishegam ,
  • Vilvarchana .

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Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Avinashi – 1.50 km
  • Tiruppur – 13.00 km
  • Annur – 20.00 km
  • Palladam – 24.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • VanjiPalayam – 9.00 km
  • Tiruppur – 14.00 km
  • Somanur – 17.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 33.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode – 190.00 km
  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin/kochi – 194.00 km
  • Kollam Airport,Kollam – 355.00 km
  • Chennai International Airport, Chennai – 446.00 km

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