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A pilgrim's paradise


The cynosure of all eyes ... Kovai Kumaran Kottam.

EXTOLLED AS the Tamil God, Lord Muruga is a favourite deity of many a devotee. Ardent worshippers undertake pilgrimages to the "Arupadaiveedu" in fulfilment of the vow taken by them. With the benediction of Sakthasri Sivalingeswara Swamigal of Coimbatore Kamakshipuri Adheenam, Kumaran Kottam, a temple dedicated to Sri Swaminathaswami has come up in a sprawling complex at Kannamapalayam Panchayat, near Sulur, at a distance of about 18 km from the Coimbatore railway station. The imposing structure of the temple on the Coimbatore-Tiruchi highway is the cynosure of all eyes. Constructed at a huge cost with munificent donations the consecration of the divine abode of Lord Muruga, was held on September 11, in the immediate presence of Sivalingeswara Swamigal and other devotees.

At the entrance to the temple, Saravanappoigai, guarded by Indra, Agni, Vayu, Yama, Varuna and Kubera, greets the visitor. Crossing the dwajasthsambham, the devotee is led to the sanctum sanctorum of the main shrine, adorned by the majestic presence of Sree Swaminathaswami. The idol sculpted on the model of Swamimalai Swaminatha is an architectural marvel. Thiruthanigai Velan on the right and Pazhamudircholai Murugan on the left are in a row with the main shrine. Going round the prakaram, one witnesses Tiruchendur Senthil Velan, Tirupparankundram Muruga and Pazhani Dandayuthapani bestowing their grace. There are separate shrines for Dakshinamurthy, Lord Ganesa, Dhanvanthri, Veerabadra, Anjaneya and the Navagrahas.

The prominent landmark on the national highway attracts devotees from several parts of the city. The visitors can have the satisfaction of having worshipped Arupadaiveedu Muruga under one roof, in the complex — Kovai Kumarankottam. The place is easily accessible from all parts of the city.

T. K. GANAPATHY

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