Name of the Temple
Sri Masani Amman Temple
Period of origin
Before 1000 years
Name of deity
Sthala Theertham: Aliyaru River
Sthala Virksham: Mango Tree
The idol of Masaniamman is very powerful one and offer blessing to all devotees who have a stunt belief in her. Goddess is seen in the lying position that too in the burial ground. Burial ground in Tamil is called “Mayanam” and possibly she might have been initially called “Mayana Sayani”. She is seen with four hands, two of them are seen as raised up and two are kept close to the earth. Her devotees believe that she can solve all their problems. They write their problem in a paper in a slip of paper and give it to her priest. They believe that within three weeks their problem would be completely solved.
If her devotees are trouble by evil spirits or if they suffer heavy losses in business they approach the Goddess, appeal to the justice stone in front of her and grind chillies in the pestle and mortar and apply it on her “Justice Stone.” They believe that by doing this their problems would be solved quickly. There are two entirely different stories about her origin.
As per legends The region was under the rule of king Nannan in days of yore. He grew a mango tree on the banks of Aliyaru River and ordered that the fruit of the tree was meant for his own use and none should take or use them. A woman while bathing in the river saw a mango floating in the river and ate it not knowing the order of the king. The angry and cruel king rewarded capital punishment to the woman and executed despite opposition of the public. The aggrieved public built a tomb for her and prayed for her salvation and also made an idol of her in a reclining for. In the days that followed, the woman became the guardian deity of the place and a regular temple was built then.
Another story says It is that Lord Sri Rama on His way to Lanka to rescue Mother Sita came to know that Sri Masaniamman representing Parasakti was here. He made an idol of the mother with the sand available in the crematorium and worshipped. He made it in the reclining form. As Ambica is in a crematorium (Mayanam) in a reclining form (Sayana), She was named Mayana Sayani. As there were huge numbers of elephants here, the place is called Anaimalai – Anai-Elephant. Pathitrupathu, Sangam literature mentions the place as Umbarkadu.
The Prasad offered in the temple is called Pachilam Marundu. Women consume this and tie a black thread in the hand for child boon and for relief from the effects of spells and witchcrafts. The Prasad is a medicine for girls facing stomach problems while attaining puberty. For recovery of stolen articles, devotees place ground chillies on the ‘Justice Stone’ in the temple. Devotees also place their grievances in writing and tie it in the hands of Ambica. It is strongly believed that solution would knock the doors of the applicant within 90 days. Devotees also offer Pongal (pudding) to Mother. Now the name of the deity is Masaniamman.
An 18 day festival is grandly celebrated in the temple in the month of Thai (January-February. Also New Moon days, Tuesdays and Fridays are festival days in the temple.
This temple is situated 14 km from Pollachi and 60 km from Coimbatore.
6 am to 8 pm
Temple Telephone Number:
Sri Masani Amman Temple,
Anaimalai – 642104,