Masani Amman temple is located in Anaimalai, Pollachi, Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu state, India. Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, also known as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman who is believed to be a ‘Goddess of Justice’. Located where the Uppar stream and Aliyar River meet, the temple serves as a unique symbolism of the Indian culture. It serves the purpose of a ‘panchaayat’ or as a welfare council for devotees, as a justice regulatory authority that settles disputes, and as a provider of remedies for sickly people. While Mahamuniswarar graces before Ambica, there are shrines for Pechi, Durga, Mahishasuramardhini, Saptha Mathas, Vinayaka, Karupparayar, Bhuvaneswari and Bhairava in the corridor-prakara of the temple.
It is very common to find the Goddess idols in the sanctum sanctorum either in standing or the sitting posture, the 15ft long idol is in lying position, the deity is depicted with four hands; two placed on the ground and two raised above. While the top left hands hold a skull and snake and other two hands holding drum and a trident. It is said that Sri Rama worshipped Masaniamman on his way to Lanka to rescue Mother Sita.
The idol of Masani Amman is very powerful one and offer blessing to all devotees who have a stunt belief in her. Devotees also expect that Goddess will respond their prayer within three weeks. There is a stone image in the temple representing as a Goddess of Justice with the body of serpent.
The speciality of the Goddess in temple was those who people lose in their business, people hurted by enemies, women or men who lost their belongings, physical ills of people, court of justice by suffering of men and women will grind Red Chillies in stone grinder of the temple and apply the chilly paste on Neethi Kal. It is believed that the people get relieves from their enemies, lost property and became profitable.
In the era of the Sangam, Annamalai was called Nannanur and Ruled by a ruler named Nannan. He was a thick grove of mango trees and appointed officials in check post and declared disciplinary action against criminals. One day a young woman bathing in the River Aliyar saw a mango fruit floating toward her and ate it. The irate chieftain awarded her with capital punishment. This enraged her family who took up arms against the ruler and killed him in a clash close to Vijayamangalam. The body of the unfortunate woman was buried in the graveyard and her likeness was prepared. On Thursdays and Fridays Local people started worshiping the image. Before long a temple was constructed in honor of the woman, venerating her martyrdom.
According to Legend, Lord Rama stopped here to relax and meditate while on his journey to find Sita. Sage Viswamithra requested Rama to assist him in completing his yagna which had been disrupted by Thadakai. Rama prayed to Devi to help him out in his undertaking. Devi requested Rama to make a statue of her in sand and pray to it. Accordingly, Rama made a statue of her in the reclining form with the crematorium sand and worshiped the Goddess.
Morning 6.00 a.m. to Evening 8.00 p.m.
- Opening of the Sanctum Sanctorum – 6.00 A.M
- Anointment and adornment (Abhishekam and Alankaram) – 6.30 A.M
- Noon Worship (Uchikala Pooja) – 11.30A.M to 12.30 P.M
- Abhishekam and Alankaram – 4.00P.M to 4.30 P.M
- Evening Worship (Sayarakshai Pooja) – 6.30 P.M to 7.30 P.M
- Sannadhi Thirukappu (Closing) – 8.00 P.M
- On Tuesdays and Fridays devotees rush to this temple, during Krithigai and New Moon day they undergo special pooja.
Annual festival or also known as Kundam Thiru Vizha. Kundam Festival associated with Mariamman temples is the most popular one in Kongunadu. Kundam Festival represents the Annual Brahmorchavam in this shrine. Every year on the New Moon Day of the Tamil Month ‘Thai’ the festival wil be started.An 18-days festival is celebrated in the month of January-February.
Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, is located around 15km from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. Town Buses available between Pollachi and Anaimalai and back at an interval of 25 minutes.
Nearest Railway Station is Pollachi. The temple is 14.1 km away from Pollachi Railway station and it takes 30minutes travelling time.
Nearest Airport is Coimbatore.
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