Neelakandeswarar Temple, Irugur, Ondiputhur, Coimbatore

Sri Neelakandeswarar temple is positioned in the remote village cited as Irugur, near Ondiputhur, in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Neelakandeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Swayamvara Parvathi Devi and Meenakshi Amman.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameeyam. This temple is just 3000 years old in this region. The historical name of this zone is Thalayalanganam.

The main religious festivals of this shrine are Aipasi Soora Samhara festival, Thai Aattru Thiruvizha in January-February, Thai Poosam in January-February; Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Tamil and English New Year days, Panguni Uthiram in April-May, Makar Sankranti, Special pujas are performed in the temple for Lord and Ambica on Deepavali, Karthigai Jyoti in November-December, Pradosha days – 13th day of New Moon or Full Moon days, Arudra Darshan in December-January, procession of Lord in Kailash Vahan,  Skanda Sashti in October-November, 10 day Aadi Pooram in July-August and 29 day Masi Magam Brammotsavam in May-June.

The main deity Lord graces for pilgrims and devotees from the sanctum sanctorum as a Swayambu Linga. According to the local legends, “Lord Muruga is facing west. The rays of Sun fall on Lord Neelakandeswara during the evenings in the months of Chithirai (April-May), Purattasi (September-October) and Aipasi (October-November). Lord shines these days.” The shrine is open during normal hours.

Address – Sri Neelakandeswarar temple, Irugur, Ondiputhur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

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