Perur Patteswarswamy Temple

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The most renowned Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple is situated on the banks of the holy river Noyyal. Pilgrims visit here from far to pay homage to their ancestors at this spot near the temple on the river bank. Located 6 km towards the west of Coimbatore is the Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

History of the Temple
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The belief about the temple iis that the mortal remains of the dead turn into white stones after about 144 days. The famous temple of Perur Patteeswara Swamy was built by the King Karikala Cholan; this temple's sanctum is the joint effort of the Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara rulers during their respective reigns. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and the 'Swayambu Lingam' is the idol worshipped here.

The Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple's greatest attraction is the 'Kanaka Sabha'. Built along the characteristic style of Dravidian architecture, the Kanaka Sabha is a golden hall which is been adorned by a gold plated statue of Nataraja bestowing blessings upon the two sages - Gowmuni and Pattimuni. The gopurams and pillars of the hall are bedecked with exquisitely carved sculptures.

Perur Patteswarswamy Temple
References extolling the importance of Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple in earlier days can be found in the poetry written by Arunagiri Nather and Kachiappa Munivar.

Here the presiding deity is known as 'Patteeswarar' and his consort Goddess Parvati is known by the name 'Panchanayaki'. Perur temple is closely related to Shiva’s cosmic dance and the 'Swayambu Lingam' is the idol worshipped here. This ancient temple stands on the banks of the holy river Noyyal called 'Kanchi Manadi' by the locals and is one of the best known Shivastalams of the Kongu region. The temple is also known by the name Arulmigu Patteswarar Thirukoil.

Perur Patteswarswamy Temple
Perur temple is built with a unique blend of fine sculpture and exquisite architecture. There is a strange legend behind the construction of this temple. According to that, a calf of Kamadhenu while playing in the Arasu trees forest hit on a hard object and blood gushed out from it. Later a sacred ‘Siva Lingam’ was discovered from that place which led to building of a temple here.

The Garba graha, i.e the sanctum sanctorum that enshrines Lord Shiva in the form of Shivalingam is believed to be built by the Chola monarch, Karikala Cholan. Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara rulers have gave architectural contributions to this temple during their time in power. Images of Kamadhenu and Bhoga Shakti are enshrined in the walls of the sanctorum. The inner circumambulatory passage that surrounds the sanctum sanctorum has images of 63 Saivite saints, Sahasra Lingam, Bhairavar, Surya and Chandra.

Perur Patteswarswamy Temple
At the entrance of this famous temple there are prominent figures of the Indian soldiers. Holy palm tree Irava Panai (the deathless palm) and a holy Tamarind called Pirava Pule (the unborn Tamarind) can be seen within the temple compound. Pilgrims from all over visit this temple to pay homage to their ancestors, as it is believed that after about 144 days the mortal remains of the dead turn in to white stones. On the bank of the temple tank, there are two additional temples to Shiva and one of these temple is known as Arasambalavaanar temple. Besides these, there are also shrines dedicated to Bhairavar and Nataraja.

Time to Visit
Perur temple celebrates the festival 'Panguni Uthiram' in its full spirit during the month of March. The annual temple festival is celebrated in the tamil month of Pankuni.

During September, Perur Natyanjali dance festival is held where dance programs by leading artistes are hosted within the precincts of the temple. Chitrai (Tamil New Year), Aadi (Pooram and Ammavasai), Purattasi (Navarathri), Ayppasi (Soora Samharam), Karthigai (ThiruKarthigai), Margazhi (Aarudra Dharisanam), Panguni (Uthram) are some of the auspicious occasions celebrated in the temple.

The temple timings to worship are from 05.00AM to 12.00 PM and 03.00 PM to 08.00 PM. Nearby tourist places to Perur Patteswarswamy Temple
Perur Patteswarswamy Temple

How to Reach the Temple
  • Through Airways -The nearest airport to Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple is Coimbatore

  • Through Railways - The nearest station to Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple is Coimbatore Junction.

  • Through Roadways- the city of Coimbatore is connected to all the major cities in the country