Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple


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Distance (From Coimbatore): 19 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3-4 Hours

Place Location: At Periya Thadagam

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Since the temple is located atop the hill, one needs to climb 500 steep steps from the foothills, so make sure that you don?t have any serious ailments.

At a distance of 19 km from Coimbatore, Sri Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple also known as Anuvavi Subramaniar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Anuvavi Hills in Periya Thadagam in the outskirts of Coimbatore. It is one of the ancient temples in Coimbatore, and among the must-visit places as part of Coimbatore Tour Packages.

Located on the Anaikatty highway, Sri Anuvavi Subramaniar Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is one of the religious shrines in the region. In earlier days, this place was actually called Hanu Bhavi where the word Hanu stands for Sri Anjaneya, and Vavi means Water Source in Tamil. As per the mythology, Sri Anjaneyar felt thirsty while passing through this hill with the Sanjeevi mount. He prayed to Lord Muruga here for water. Lord punched a place here with His Vel from where water sprang up and flowed like a river. Till now, the origin of the spring in the temple could not be discovered. As Kumara-Muruga helped Hanuman, the hill is also praised as Hanumakumaran Malai.

It is believed that the sanctum sanctorum of the temple was built by Karikala Chola in the early Christian Era. The Ardha Mandapa and Mahamandapa were built during the Kongu Chola Period (11th to 13th centuries). From 14th to 17th centuries, the Hoysala, Vijayanagar, and Nayaka kings gave endowments. The famous Kanaka Sabhai was built by Alagadri Nayak of Madurai in the 17th century. Tippu Sultan of Mysore attached half of the Inams of the temple in the 18th century. The Swami and Amman Temples were renovated in the middle of the 18th century and later on the Mantap of 63 Saints was built. Swayambumurthy presiding deity and the five mango holy trees were washed away by nature's fury in the year 1957. The new temple was built in the year 1969.

Lord Muruga blesses from the sanctum sanctorum in standing posture with consorts Valli and Deivanai. There are also separate shrines for Lord Vinayaka, Sri Anjaneya, and Lord Shiva who blesses in the name Sri Arunachaleswara. Devotees believed that the natural spring at this temple has healing powers. Hence they take a dip and then worship this lord. This temple is majestically present on top of a hillock, offering a bird's eye view of the surrounding city and its outskirts. The natural aura and the breathtaking landscape surrounding the temple make this the perfect location for a recreating and relaxing weekend. Besides, the dense forest in the region provides shelter to several animals, elephants being most noteworthy among these.

Since the temple is located atop the hill, one needs to climb 500 steep steps from the foothills, so make sure that you don't have any serious ailments.

Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free