Sri Avinashiappar temple is located in the town named Avinashi, in the district of Tirupur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Avinashi Eswarar (Avinashinathar, perunkediliyappar) (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Karunambikai and Perunkarunai Nayaki. The holy tree of this temple is Pathiri.
The holy waters of this temple are Kasi Kinaru-well, Naga Kannikai Theertham and Iravadha Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tirupukkoliyur.
According to the local legends, “The temple is praised by Saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the first Lord Shiva temple in Kongunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”
The important days of festivity in this temple are with flag hoisting on Mrigaseersham star day, Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, the fifth day receiving all importance and car festival on Pooram star day. Shivarathri is marked with special puja and rituals. It is to be noted that Lord Shiva grants His special darshan to 63 Nayanmars from His Vrushab –bull – vahan.
The temple’s speciality is that Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy. It is to be remembered that the Pathiri tree in the temple premises would readily blossom only during the Brahmmotsavam festival is largely witnessed by huge number of devotees and pilgrims. It is to be noted that this tree doesn’t blossom on any other day of the year. It also largely attracts a large number of people to this particular temple in order to witness the specialty.