Arappaleeswarar Temple, Kollimalai, Salem

Sri Arappaleeswarar temple is located in the village named Kollimalai, in the district of Salem, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Arappaleeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Thayammai. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Krupa Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is none.

The shrine is thronged by pilgrims and devotees on Maha Shivarathri day from far and near of the district and rest of the state. In this shrine with the active participation of pilgrims and devotees, Shivarathri, Annabishekam and Tirvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January), Karthikai Deepam in November-December, Adi Perukku (July-August), Navarathri in Purattasi (September-October) and Deepavali are largely celebrated in grand and festive manner. On festive days and religious auspicious days, the temple remains largely open throughout the whole day day for devotees and pilgrims. The temple remains open for devotees and pilgrims on all normal days from early morning to mid-noon and later in the evening hours to dusk.

According to the local legends, “The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. During the festival days, the temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m”. The important deities of this temple are Lord Muruga standing from a single spot, Lord Vinayaka, Mother Thayammai and Arappaleeswarar. These deities are place in separate shrines in the temple complex.

Address: Shri Arappaleeswarar Temple, Kollimalai, Salem district. Tamil Nadu

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