Sri Velliangiri Andavar temple is positioned in the famous village named Poondi, in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Velliangiri Andavar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Manonmani.
The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy waters of this temple are Kaithatti Chunai, Pambatti Chunai and Aandi Chunai. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameeyam. This temple is just 2000-3000 years old in this region. The historical name of this village is Poondi.
The most important festivals that are grandly celebrated in this temple are Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Deepavalli, Tamil and Telugu New Year Days according to Tamil plus Telugu calendar and English calendar, Amavasya, Chitra Poornima-full moon day in April-May, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Karthikai in November-December, Pournima and Masi Maha Shivrathri in February-March are celebrated in this temple.
According to the local legends, “In the 6 feet wide cave temple, Lord Shiva graces the devotees as Pancha-Five Lingas. He is a swayambumurthi. Two rocks on either side of the shrine appear as natural Dwarapalakas-securities. The sand in the fifth hill being the sacred ash, it is called Thiruneer Malai – Hill of sacred ash.”
It is one of the ancient temples in this region that is largely dedicated to Lord Shiva and thronged by devotees and pilgrims in large number on all auspicious and religious important days with much festivity. The temple is open 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Address – Sri Velliangiri Andavar temple, Poondi, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu