Sri Villeeswarar Temple, Idikarai, Coimbatore

Sri Sri Villeeswarar Temple is based in the holy town referred as Idikarai, in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The main deity of this temple is Villeeswarar, Villeeswara Paramudayar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Vedanayaki.

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 known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this holy place is Irukarai.

The main festivals of this temple are Chithirai first day falling almost on April 14, Maha Sivarathiri, Aadi Friday in July-August, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November, Markali Tiruvaathirai, Arudra Darshan in December-January, Deepavalli, Panguni Mondays in March-April, Pongal, Jupiter transit days, New Year day, Saturn transit days, Navarathri, Karthikai deepam in November-December and other Lord Shiva related festivals in this particular shrine.

The temple remains open for devotees and pilgrims from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The temple’s specialty is that the Lord is Swayambu murthy in the shrine.  It is the most sought after ancient Shiva temple in the district, region and south India.

The other deities in this shrine are Mother Vedanayaki, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Balasubramaniar and a small Nandhi-the bull vehicle. The specialty of this temple is a  a banyan tree without hanging stems (Vizhudhu).  According to the local legends, “Worship of Villeeswarar removes obstacles in marriage talks.  Evil aspects on children disappear.  Diseases are cured.  Prosperity improves in families.  Litigants win legal battles.”

Address: Sri Villeeswarar Temple, Idigari, Coimbatore. Tamil Nadu.

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