Manneeswarar Temple in Annur, Coimbatore

Sri Manneeswarar Temple is situated in Annur, in Coimbatore, in Tamil Nadu. This temple is about 500 years old. The presiding deity of this shrine is Manneeswarar (Anneeswarar) (Lord Shiva).

The mother Goddesses is Arunthava Chelvi and the other deity is Somaskandar. The pooja type followed in this shrine is Karanagama. This shrine was known as Manniyur in the ancient texts and literatures. The scaredtree is Vanni tree.

It is to be remembered that the shrine is facing west and presiding deity is a swayambumurthy. The shrine is kept open for  Ardent followers plus admirers from early morning to mid-noon and later from evening hours to dusk.

The important festivals of this shrine are Shivrathri in February-March, Vaikasi Puja, Brahmmotsavamin Margazhi (December-January), Chithirai New Year day falling almost on April 14 plus Chitra purnima.

These festivals are celebrated in a grand manner in this shrine with large participation of local  Ardent followers plus admirers and  Ardent followers plus admirers from rest of the country.

Ardent followers plus admirers conduct special abishek to Lord and Mother. Ardent followers plus admirers pray in the shrine, seek pardon for bad doings committed knowingly or unknowingly plus repent for the sins continuing from births of past. They donate and give special offering to the Lord and Mother Goddesses too.

It is to be remembered that as a swaymbu Lingam, under Kailasa vimana (tower above the sanctum) Lord Manneeswara graces devotes. Other shrines of this shrine are  7 Nagar idols (Snake idols) known as  Deivanai, Valli, Bhairava, Nataraja,  Jupiter (Guru Bhagwan), Sarparaja shrine, Tiruneelakanda Nayanar, Anjaneya, Muruga, Nalvar who sang the Tiruvasagam and Thevaram hymns.

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