(Last Updated on : 01/05/2014)
Erode is a district in Tamil Nadu
, which is situated on the broad gauge railway line. It can easily be reached by frequent trains that pass through this important junction. There are various interesting visiting places in Erode, which can be reached through large number of buses plying to places of tourist importance. Some of these places are given here:
Bannari Mariamman Koil of Erode
This temple is situated on the western side of Erode and is about 10 kms from Bhavani Sagar. The Goddess Mariamman here is very famous and attracts thousands of devotees. The annual festival of this temple is held in the month of Adi (August-September) and large numbers of people come here during this time. The fire walk by the devotees is very thrilling here.
Bhavani town of Erode
Bhavani town is situated at the convergence of the river Cauvery. Bhavani is one of its major tributaries. At this convergence, the Sangameswarar temple is situated. It is also known as the 'Thriveni of South India'. This is one of the pilgrim centres of Erode and is also a significant picnic centre. Here, Lord Sangameswara with his spouse Vedanayaki is the presiding deity.
There is an ivory cradle in this temple of Erode, which is said to be presented by William Garraw, collector of the Coimbatore
and Salem districts of the colonial period. As per the legends, it is said that once he was directed by the Goddess Vedanayaki to immediately vacate the building in which he was staying. He did so obeying the goddess and immediately after vacating, the building collapsed. So, he offered the ivory cradle to show his gratitude. It can be seen even today with the collector's signature on it. The Bhavani Sagar Dam here is also visited by lots of pilgrims. One can also see a swimming pool and a park here. Bhavani is known the world over for its blankets with floral designs.
Kodumudi temple of Erode
This is an important temple in Erode
district. This place is situated 40 kms from Erode. The Trinity of the Hindu faith Siva, Vishnu and Brahma here is the unique feature of this temple. Their shrines can be found in a single temple complex here only. Here, the name of Siva is Muchukundeswarar and Veera Narayana Perumal is that of Vishnu.
Chennimalaj of Erode
This place is situated about 30 kms from Erode. Here, one can see a famous temple dedicated to Lord Muruga on the top of Chennimalai Mountain. Here, the rare forms of Muruga called 'Agni Jather', with two faces and eight arms and 'Gourapeyar', with four faces and eight arms, as hunter with a single face and six arms can be seen. Initially, the presiding deity had the idol of Subramanya with six faces. After it was damaged, a Dandayuthapani idol like the one at Palani has been installed as the presiding deity. It is an important handloom-weaving centre in Tamil Nadu
Kangeyam of Erode
This temple is situated about 40 kms from Erode. A famous Muruga temple is located here. This place was once well known for bullocks called Kangeyam Kalai.
There is a modern Dhyana Mandapam, which is situated on the Muthur Road. This is situated about 10 kms from Erode and is called Kuttappalayam. This meditation hill was dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry. This mandapam is located amidst a spacious 5 acre land which is being developed as a beautiful garden. The exact replica of the Sri Aurobindo and Mother samadhi found in Pondicherry can be seen inside the mandapam. Here, group meditation is conducted from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on every month on the 2nd Sunday. This attracts large number of people from far and near.
Dharapuram Siva Temple of Erode
Dharapuram is situated about 70 kms from Erode. There is an old Siva temple located here on the northern banks of river Amaravathi. The temple contains Lingam and Devi shrines. A separate shrine for Bhairava is also found here.
There is another Siva temple on the southern side, which is quite older than this one. It contains several inscriptions. The Dhakshinamurthi in the niche here is unlike the usual one. The idols of this temple are beautifully carved.
Some other important places of tourist attraction in Erode are the Thindal Malai Murugan temple, Pariyur Amman temple, Sivanmalai Arthra Kapaleeswarar temple, Kooduthurai, Kodiveri, Varattuppallam, Kunderippallam and the upper dams. All these places are interlinked by buses.