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Sri Mahimaleeswarar temple



Moolavar : Mahimaleeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangalambikai
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Mahimaleeswaram
City : Erode
District : Erode
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Car festival is grandly celebrated in the temple on the Sadaya star day in the month of Chithirai (April-May) in praise of Saint Tirunavukkarasar, one of the Thevaram authors followed by the wedding festival of Lord Mahimaleeswarar and Mother Mangalambikai in a splendid manner.


Temple's Speciality:

   The 35 ft. Vimana (tower) of the temple has a majestic appearance, the shades of which do not fall on earth. 63 Nayanmars (celebrated Shiva devotees) and 16 Shivalingas are added significance to the temple.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


Address:

   Shri Mahimaleeswarar Temple, Erode, Erode district.


Phone:

   91-424- 2267578


General Information:

   Appar Swamigal (Saint Tirunavukkarasar) Mutt is very the temple.


Prayers:

   Men and women gather before Lord Mahimaleeswarar seeking His blessings for a fair conclusion of marriage alliances, child boon and progress in education.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer vastras and perform abishek to Lord and mother.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Erode city is known since ancient days as a patron of Saivism. It is situated in between two odais- canals ? it came to be known as Erodai and later changed as Erode. Attributing E to Easan, some say Erode is named after Shiva-Easan. The other story has a very fascinating imagination. Lord Shiva has Ganga on His head which makes it wet-Eeram. Odu also means head as Thalai Odu. As there is eeram by Ganga?s occupation on Head or Odu, the place is named Erode. Erode is mentioned as Marandhai, Mayilai, Arthakapalapuri in Tamil literatures. This is one of the ancient temples in the Kongu region. Lord Mahimaleeswara graces his devotees with Mother Mangalambikai in the temple facing West as Mahalingam.


Temple History:

   There are two versions about the history of the temple. Those belonging to Lanka king Ravana dynasty were staunch Shiva devotees. Of them Mali, Sumali and Mahimali were returning to their home land from Himalayas after darshan of Lord Shiva. Sandhyavandanam (evening prayer) was a ritual which Shiva Bhaktas should not miss. While dusk was nearing, they performed the prayer on the banks of Cauvery running through dense Vilwa trees by installing a six feet tall Shivalinga and completed their ritual. This is the Linga installed in the temple. As the Linga was worshipped by Mahimali, the Lord is named Mahimaleeswarar and the place Mahimaleeswaram. The other story is historical in nature. During the Pallava rule in Tamilnadu, the regions between Pandya and Chola parts were ruled small chieftains known Irukkuvelir. It is said that one Mahimali ruled this Kongu region during the 10th century and built this temple, hence the place was named Mahimaleeswaram. Sundaramurthy Swamigal, one among the three Thevaran Nayanmars performed penance on Lord Mahimaleeswarar along with his wives Paravayar and Sangiliar. King Cheraman Peruman served Sundarar during his stay here. This episode is depicted beautifully in the sculptures of the temple. The Tower of the temple is 35 tall standing majestically whose shades do not fall on sides. The temple has 63 nayanmars and 16 lingas installed in the temple.


Special Features:

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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