Name of the Temple
Sri Avinasiappar Temple
Period of origin
Before 2000 Years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Avinasiappar, Avinasi Lingeswarar, perunkediliyappar
Ambal: Karunambikai and Perunkarunai Nayaki
Sthala Theertham: Kasi Kinaru-well, Naga Kannikai and Iravadha Theertham
Sthala Virksham: Magilam
Devaram: Sundaramoorthy Nayanar
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. According to scriptures, it is said Sage Vasishta worshipped in this temple for relief from adverse Saturn aspects. He has installed Sani Bhagwan in this temple. He is praised as Anugraha Murthy – blessing His devotees. He appears with right leg on a peeta, left on his crow vehicle, arrow in the upper right hand and bow on the left, trident in lower right hand and the assuring sign-Abhayamudra- by the left hand lower.
There are two Ambikas in the temple, one in penance and the other with Lord in the sanctum sanctorum. She occupies the right side here against the traditional left as the ruling authority. There are separate Rajagopurams and flag posts for Lord and Mother. Lord Vishnu having His place behind Shiva shrine in temples as a tradition, is near the flag post facing Shiva. The temple is sung by Saint Manicka Vasagar in his celebrated Tiruvasagam hymns.
In the shrine between that of Lord Shiva and Mother Ambica, Lord Muruga has His shrine in a six triangular shape in Somaskanda design. Those not familiar with rules of meditation and pujas derive the best benefits in the temple if they simply pray sincerely. Lord and Mother offer what they wish. It is noteworthy that even a thief was forgiven and granted salvation by the Lord. There is a shrine for Vyadavedar . There are 32 Vinayakas in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy graces in a dancing posture from a shrine south of the Rajagopuram. Shiva Surya has his shrine. Lion vahan is before Nardana Ganapathy. Those native to Scorpio sign worship the scorpion behind Mother Karunambica shrine. Those affected by poisonous bite worship here and receive prasads. Before worshipping the Scorpion, the devotee should offer his/her prayers to Lord Selva Ganapathi facing north (the direction belonging to Kubera) at the entrance of the temple. Lord Bhairava in this temple is one among the 64 Bhairava forms. He is believed to be elder to Kasi Bhairava known as Akasha Kasikapura Pruradhanadha Bhairava in a shrine in the prakara. He enjoys the next place to Lord and Ambica. Sage Siva Yogi is above Lord Dakshinamurthy in the shrine. He learnt all the arts from His Guru and excelled Him then. As he has attained the status of Guru’s Guru , he is seen in higher place and grace the devotees.
Saint Sundarar was passing through a street in Avinahsi. He hears joyous sounds celebrations in a house where the holy thread ceremony – Upanayanm – 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 upanayanam 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 upanayanam 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 – utswav is celebrated for three days.
A “Deepasthambam” is seen in front of the temple which is carved of single stone. The lower part of this 70 feet post bears the carvings of lord Ganapathi, Sundaramoorthi Nayanar and the rebirth of a boy from the mouth of a crocodile. This “Dheepasthumbam” is a unique feature in all the ancient temples of Kongunadu. A 30 pillar hall is located in front of the “Dheepasthumbam”.
The Shiva temple at Avinasi is spread over an area of 1.5 acres and is located on the banks of Nallar river. The main rajagopuram is on the east side with 7 tiers. It is nearly 100 feet height and one of the biggest towers in the Kongunadu. The first idol that one worships on entering the temple through the Rajagopuram is the Selva Vinayagar. On the ceiling above the carved image of Uchi pillayar can be seen. Anointment of this deity is believed to bring rains even during drought conditions. Inside the gopuram, the idols of idols of saints Sundarar and Manickavasagar are seen on the left side. Inside there are two corridors. Once we enter , there is a mandapam and magnificant sculptures of Gods and Goddesses like the Veerabadhirar, Oorthava Thandavamurthy, Kali can be seen on the pillars of the mandapam. From the mandapam, one can enter the sanctum sanctorum of Avinasiappar shrine. The Lord Avinashi Lingeswarar enshrined here is looked upon as the offshoot of the one in Kashi (Banaras). Thus Avinashi is called the Kashi of Kongunadu. The inner corridor on the four sides of the sanctum sancotrum is decorated with the images of Nayanmars, Murugan Sannadhi in the northwest and Karaiakal Ammaiar Sannadhi on the northeast. The shrine of Goddess Karunambikai (consort of Avinashi Lingeswarar) is seen separately and is located on the right side of the presiding deity. It is located in the southern side of the temple corridor. The front mandapam of Goddess Karunambikai shrine has carvings of figures like the elegant and beautiful Kurathi or her more rugged male counterpart Kuravan, which arrest the attention of everybody entering this shrine. At the back of the shrine is carved a figure of scorpion, which is said to have the efficacy to cure a person, from even the bite of a venomous snake and sting of scorpions. The Kala Bairavar shrine of this temple has a special status.
This Shivasthalam is situated 40 km from Coimbatore and about 14 km from Tirupur.
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Temple Telephone Number:
0 4296 – 273 113, 94431 39503
Sri Avinasiappar Temple