Moolavar - Velliangiri Andavar
Thala Virutcham – Manonmani
Velliangiri Temple cave is about 6 feet wide and Here Lord Shiva graces their devotees as Pancha (Five) Lingas. He is a Swayambumurthi. Two rocks on either side of the temple appear as Dwarapalakas-securities. The sand in the 5th hill is being with the sacred ash and this hill is called as Thiruneer Malai – Hill of holy ash.
Distance: 40 km from Coimbatore Center, Tamilnadu
Open today: 06.00 am to 12.00 am & 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Major Festivals: 1) Chitra Pournami in April to May
2) Karthikai in November to December
Location: Velliangiri Andavar Temple Trail, Booluvampatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641114
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Contact: 0422 261 5258 / 230 0238
The Velliangiri Mountain (வெள்ளியங்கிரி மலை) is located at the Western Ghats boundary of Coimbatore Tamil Nadu and it’s a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It’s Known as the "Sapthagiri, 7 Hills (சப்தகிரி, ஏழுமலை) - Seven Mountains".
The Velliangiri mountains are considered as the most powerful place on the planet and spiritually revered for the abode of Lord Shiva. On the top of the Velliangiri Mountains, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Swayambhu Lingam, one who is self-created in this form and he graces the devotees.
There are three Kailash as per the sacred scriptures in India; the first Kailash is Vada Kailai is amidst the ocean in the North Pole, so Humans couldn't reachable. The second Kailash; Madhya Kailai is being in the Himalayas. Because of this reason, many south Indian devotees couldn't reach 2nd Kailash also.
The third Kailash being in this Velliangiri hills located in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Many Devotees believing that The Shiva darshan in this temple is equal to Shiva darshan in the Himalayas.
The story behind Velliangiri Hill
The Velliangiri hill is associated with stories of Ramayana & Mahabharata. There are seven hills here. It is said that Mother Sita performed penance on Lord Shiva at the 5th Velliangiri hill. According to our ancient Puranas, Velliangiri is the venue where Lord Shiva has appeared as a hunter before Arjuna, fought with him as a play and granted him the Pasupatha weapon.
The Siruvani dam providing drinking water to Coimbatore and the start point of the Noyyal River is in this spot. It is a very dense forest throughout the 5.5 Km from the first to the seventh hill.
Many People visit this place only during Panguni & Chithirai Tamil months covering March to May. The first six Velliangiri hills are said to be the “Six Chakras” in the human body viz Mooladara, Swadishtana, Manipooraka, Anakatha, Vishuddhi, and Agnga. The seventh hill; Sahasrara is the abode of Lord Shiva and It is otherwise called Shiva Jyothi Dance Hill.
The holy water of Velliangiri temple:
Kaithatti Chunai is at the second hill and the Pambatti Chunai is at the third where devotees can extinguish their thirst. Passing over the fourth hill, the fifth is adulated as Thiruneermalai containing a kind of sand as the sacred ash. The Andi Chunai in the 6th hill is adulated as the Manasa Sarovar of the South Kailash.
The seventh hill appears as easier as its look and indeed very steep for trekking. Here, there are two rocks on both sides of the temple as Dwarapalakas to Lord Shiva who is in the form of Panchalingas in the 6 feet wide cave. It is said that even today, Many Siddhis are living in these hills which is invisible by humans.