(Last Updated on : 29/04/2010)
Temples in Dindigul district attract devotees from all corners of the country through out the year. This district is privileged to have one of the six famous hill abodes of Lord Muruga at Palani Hills, where the famous Dhandayuthapani temple is situated on the hilly rock at a height of about four hundred and fifty meters. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every day, especially during festival days, including Thaipoosam, Adi-kiruthigai, Panguni Uthiram, Sura-samharam, Vaikasi-visagam and monthly Karthigai. Apart from the renowned Murugan Temple, there is also another Murugan temple at Thirumalaikeni, which is situated at a distance of twenty five kilometers from Dindigul town.
Abirami Amman temple in Dindigul district and Raja Kaliamman temple at Thethupatti are twenty kilometers from Dindigul, are some of the important temples which attract thousand of pilgrims to this district. Thadikombu is the Perumal temple which is five kilometers from Dindigul on the way to Karur district
. During the month of Chitra, Lord Alagar gets twelve days of special Pooja. During full moon day of the month, Lord Alagar gets out on a procession of Ethir Servai.
The Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil temple is more than two hundred years old. The Mariamman idol is said to be installed by the army men of Tipu Sultan
at the fort of the mountain. Hence it is called Kottai Mariamman temple. The temple is built in the shape of a square. There is a temple for Vetri Vinayaka at the South and Lord Muruga at the north of this temple. There is a Mandapam or a hall in the centre of the ground in which there is a sculpture of a Lion facing the Sannidhi. The sanctum sanctorum is small and square shaped. The deity consecrated is seen here, embedded deeply under the floor. Several sculptures are there on the sniper structure over the sanctum sanctorum, depicting a number of the goddess Mariamman. All the four sides, various scenes showing the destroying of monster by the goddess are seen. On the eastern side over the Amman Sannidhi is a temple for Vinayaka and on western side a temple for Madurai Veeran. On the front side of Sannidhithe Navagraha idols are installed. On the back side of the temple, there is an idol of Goddess Kali
and another one for Goddess Durga
. The temple is located in such a large area as two acres. The golden shield adorns the deity on every day between 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. The temple is run by a board of Trustees.
The Abirami Amman temple is situated in the centre of the district. During Navaratri
, Goddess Abirami is on Kolu. There are about one lakh archana offered to the Goddess Gnamambikal. During the Fridays of Adi month there is a procession of Goddess Abirami on a flower Pallak. Another major temple is the Anjaneyar Temple, which is situated in the Nadupatti Taluk. It is at a distance of about thirty five kilometers from Dindigul.