Sri Odhimalai Andavar Temple – Coimbatore

Sri Odhimalai Andavar Temple – Coimbatore

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Moolaver: Odhimalai Andavar

Urchavar: Kalyanasubramaniar

City Location: Irumbarai

Temple History:
During a visit to Mount Kailash, Lord Brahamma, the creator, after saluting Vinayaka, simply bypassed Muruga and proceeded for darshan of Lord Shiva.  Lord Muruga stopped him and demanded the meaning of the Pranava Mantra from Brahmma which Brahamma was not able to offer.  Hence, Muruga jailed him and began the creation work Himself.

Brahmma had five faces then.  Lord Muruga too, having assumed the charge of creation had for himself the same five faces.  All the creatures created by Lord Muruga including humans, were of high righteous standards and enjoyed high longevity too.  This added to the burden of Mother Earth.  She went to Lord Shiva and explained her woes.  Lord Shiva intervened, asked Muruga the meaning of Pranava Mantra which Lord Muruga explained.  On the direction of Lord Shiva, Muruga released Brahmma from his captivity.

Lord Muruga explained the meaning of  Pranava (the first Vedic sound Ohm) in Swamimalai.  Here in Irumbarai, Muruga taught the Agamas of the Vedas.  Odhal in Tamil means learning.  Malai means hill.  As Lord Shiva learnt from His son Muruga these philosophies here, the place came to be known as Odhimalai.  The Lord also was named Odhimalai Andavar.

Temple’s Speciality:
Muruga gave darshan to Bogar with one face. Muruga is known to have six faces, he showed five in Irumbarai and one here. The sand in the place where Bogar performed his Homa is still white. During festival days this is offered as Prasad to devotees.

Festival:
9 day Brammotsavam in Thaipoosam (January-February), Chithirai new year day (April 14 or 15) Vaikasi Visakam (May-June) Adi Perukku (August), Skanda Sashi (October-November) and Panguni Uthiram (March-April) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prayers and Poojas:
Before undertaking any new endeavours, devotees seek the approval from Lord Muruga with two flowers choosing one to know his opinion.  This is called Varam Kettal – Seeking a Boon.  People also pray for knowledge, wisdom and distinction in Education.
As a prayer commitment, devotees perform abishek with milk and sandal, offer vastras-clothing to the Lord.

Temple Opening Time:
The temple is open on Mondays, Fridays, Sashti and Kruthika star days from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. During the Margazhi month on the Muruga specific days, the temple is open. It is advised that the devotee gets in touch with the temple priest for a visit in odd days and time.

Temple Travel Guide:
Devotees have to reach Puliampatti 48 km from Coimbatore on the Satymangalam Road. Irumbarai is 10 km from Puliampatti. Buses are available only at specific hours. Cabs can be hired from here to visit the temple.

Temple Address:
Sri Odhimalai Andavar Temple,Irumbarai-638 459,Coimbatore Dist.
Phone No: +91-4254 – 287 418, 98659 70586

Coimbatore Accomodation:
♦ Hotel Blue Star: +91-422-223 636,223 0635 ( 8 lines )
♦ Ambika Lodge: +91-422-223 1043, 223 16660
♦ Hotel Ashwini: +91-422-223 3405, 223 5454
♦ Hotel ESS Paradise: +91-422-223 0276 ( 3 lines)
♦ Sri Lakshmi: +91-422-223 6339 ( 6 lines ) 433 4100
♦ Sri Murugan: +91-422-436 2473 ( 5 lines )
♦ Hotel Ramoos: +91-422-439 3000, 439 3311
♦ Vaidurya: +91-422-429 7777
♦ Hotel A.P. +91-422-230 1773 – 5 lines.

Nearest Temples:
♦ Sri Amaneeswarar temple
♦ Sri Nanjundeswarar temple
♦ Sri Aranganathaswami temple
♦ Sri Kalyanavaradarajar temple
♦ Sri Thandeswarar temple
♦ Sri Dattatreyaswami temple
♦ Sri Mariamman temple

Sri Odhimalai Andavar templeMoolaver: Odhimalai AndavarUrchavar: KalyanasubramaniarCity Location: IrumbaraiTemple History:
During a visit to Mount Kailash, Lord Brahamma, the creator, after saluting Vinayaka, simply bypassed Muruga and proceeded for darshan of Lord Shiva.  Lord Muruga stopped him and demanded the meaning of the Pranava Mantra from Brahmma which Brahamma was not able to offer.  Hence, Muruga jailed him and began the creation work Himself.

Brahmma had five faces then.  Lord Muruga too, having assumed the charge of creation had for himself the same five faces.  All the creatures created by Lord Muruga including humans, were of high righteous standards and enjoyed high longevity too.  This added to the burden of Mother Earth.  She went to Lord Shiva and explained her woes.  Lord Shiva intervened, asked Muruga the meaning of Pranava Mantra which Lord Muruga explained.  On the direction of Lord Shiva, Muruga released Brahmma from his captivity.

Lord Muruga explained the meaning of  Pranava (the first Vedic sound Ohm) in Swamimalai.  Here in Irumbarai, Muruga taught the Agamas of the Vedas.  Odhal in Tamil means learning.  Malai means hill.  As Lord Shiva learnt from His son Muruga these philosophies here, the place came to be known as Odhimalai.  The Lord also was named Odhimalai Andavar.

Temple’s Speciality:
Muruga gave darshan to Bogar with one face. Muruga is known to have six faces, he showed five in Irumbarai and one here. The sand in the place where Bogar performed his Homa is still white. During festival days this is offered as Prasad to devotees.

Festival:
9 day Brammotsavam in Thaipoosam (January-February), Chithirai new year day (April 14 or 15) Vaikasi Visakam (May-June) Adi Perukku (August), Skanda Sashi (October-November) and Panguni Uthiram (March-April) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prayers and Poojas:
Before undertaking any new endeavours, devotees seek the approval from Lord Muruga with two flowers choosing one to know his opinion.  This is called Varam Kettal – Seeking a Boon.  People also pray for knowledge, wisdom and distinction in Education.
As a prayer commitment, devotees perform abishek with milk and sandal, offer vastras-clothing to the Lord.

Temple Opening Time:
The temple is open on Mondays, Fridays, Sashti and Kruthika star days from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. During the Margazhi month on the Muruga specific days, the temple is open. It is advised that the devotee gets in touch with the temple priest for a visit in odd days and time.

Temple Travel Guide:
Devotees have to reach Puliampatti 48 km from Coimbatore on the Satymangalam Road. Irumbarai is 10 km from Puliampatti. Buses are available only at specific hours. Cabs can be hired from here to visit the temple.

Temple Address:
Sri Odhimalai Andavar Temple,Irumbarai-638 459,Coimbatore Dist.
Phone No: +91-4254 – 287 418, 98659 70586

Coimbatore Accomodation:

Hotel Blue Star: +91-422-223 636,223 0635 ( 8 lines )
Ambika Lodge: +91-422-223 1043, 223 16660
Hotel Ashwini: +91-422-223 3405, 223 5454
Hotel ESS Paradise: +91-422-223 0276 ( 3 lines)
Sri Lakshmi: +91-422-223 6339 ( 6 lines ) 433 4100
Sri Murugan: +91-422-436 2473 ( 5 lines )
Hotel Ramoos: +91-422-439 3000, 439 3311
Vaidurya: +91-422-429 7777
Hotel A.P. +91-422-230 1773 – 5 lines.

Nearest Temples:
♦ Sri Amaneeswarar temple
♦ Sri Nanjundeswarar temple
♦ Sri Aranganathaswami temple
♦ Sri Kalyanavaradarajar temple
♦ Sri Thandeswarar temple
♦ Sri Dattatreyaswami temple
♦ Sri Mariamman temple

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