Saturday, September 26, 2015

Chennimalai Murugan Temple

Chennimalai Murugan Temple
The most famous temple of Lord Muruga in Erode District is Chennimalai. This world famous temple of Lord Muruga is where Lord Arunagirinathar was blessed with "Padikasu", wealth of coins. This is where an unusual phenomenon, rather a miracle took place in the year 1984 on 12th February. A bullock cart with two bulls climbed the 1320 steps on their own on this eventful day. Saravana Munivar wrote the most popular Chennimalai Sthalapuranam before 700 years. Milk and curds are used as special offerings to Lord Muruga in Chennimalai and it is the general belief that curds do not become sour here.
This temple is situated at about 600 meters above sea level and this hill is noted for its natural flora and fauna. This hill also has rare medicinal herbs in its lush green forests. In Devanagiri this hill is called Siragiri and Chenniyangiri. In Tamil it is called Chennimalai. The city underneath the hill is also called Chennimalai.
This hill is also called Sigaragiri, Pushpagiri and Siragiri. The Lord of mountains 'Kuringi Andavar', Murugan is highly praised and sung with reference to this abode in Kundruthorādal. Chennimalai is one of them and abounds in natural beauty and splendor.



The hill is home to hundreds of Peacocks, monkeys, rabbits, snakes and other reptiles. Recently there were instances of people sighting spotted deers around Chennimalai.
Flora includes trees like Neem, Banyan, Tamarind and variety of shrubs. Mountains of Kodaikanal, Sathyamangalam and Anthiyur are clearly visible from the top of the hill. It takes 15 minutes drive to reach the hill temple by road and it gives a thrilling experience while travelling through the lush green forest and the steep slopes on the side.
Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple-Chennimalai is situated at 30 km on Erode to Dharapuram route, and 13 Kms from Perundurai. This is a Hill temple. At the hill temple, the Pooja and Festivities are conducted according to Karana, Kamiga and Aagama rules and regulations by Archagas belonging to Markandeya Gothra.
Mythology
The Chennimalai Sthalapuranam has 207 verses including the invocation songs and is divided into six cantos. They are Chepêdu Kanda Mānmiyam, Siragiri Mānmiyam, Pushpagiri Mānmiyam, Kātchi Mānmiyam, Idumbanuku Vazhi Kātiya Mānmiyam, ālayam Kanda Mānmiyam. The author of this great work is the poet Saint Saravana Munivar. This book also mentions that the temple was initially built by Saravana Munivar himself and the festivities were also initiated by him.
Saravana Munivar went to Palani, Tiruvavinankudi and circumambulated the Palani hills offering prayer and requested the Lord to give him Chennimalai Sthalapuranam. As per Lord Muruga's Divine instruction, Saravana Munivar went to Kanchipuram and brought a copy of the copper plate inscription of Sthalapuranam. He was wonder struck to note the depiction in the Sthalapuranam come alive when he reached Chennimalai. He built the temple of Lord Muruga and also a separate shrine for Valli and Teyvannai. Later he also built a temple for Kailasanāthar near Subramanya Theertham in the city of Chennimalai.



He built the shrine of Lord Muruga and Valli Teyvannai in the Chitra Mandapam of this temple. He also made the temple car similar to the one at Palani. The Lord of Chennimalai is enshrined both on the hilltop and in the city. The famous poet Teyvasigamani Gounder brought out the original palm leaf inscription of this Puranam in print.
History
Saravana Munivar constructed the temple on the hill and the city beneath, Kailāya Nāthar temple and initiated the car festival. In the first half of the 13th Century acres of land where offered to the Lord of Chennimalai. The Minister by name Muthuvasavaiyan of Mysore Devaraja Udayar Dynasty renovated the exterior of this temple in the year 1654.
Devaraja Udayar's other Minister Madavāgam Devaraja Iyer sung the Kanda Shasti Kavasam for the king. We find the sculptures of Devaraja Udayar, his wife and Muthuvasavaiyan on the pillar of Valliamman temple.
Sengathurai Poosari
Sengathurai Poosari lived in the 18th century. He was born in Sengathurai of Palladam Thaluk. At the foot of the Chennimalai hill we find his tomb and Madam. He took renunciation at a very early age, offered himself to the Lord of Chennimalai, and renovated the temple by and large.
He built the Mahā Mandapam of the temple on the hill, laid the floor with stones on the hill temple, and constructed the Kailasanāthar temple outer mandapam, inner mandapam, gopuram & tirumathil. On the day of consecration of Maha Mandapam of the hill temple, the sculptor showed him, his sculpture that he had created as a mark of acknowledgement. Sengathurai Poosari immediately said that this stone figure is going to replace him and on the very day he attained the Golden Feet of the Lord.
Vêttuvappalayam Vêlalathambiran
This blessed devotee of Lord Muruga lived in the early half of the 19th Century. His tomb is in Vêttuvappalayam, which is located next to Perundurai. He lived as a prophet by the Grace of Lord Muruga. He built the footsteps to Chennimalai temple, the lights on the footpath, visitor’s rest houses, Amman temple, Tirumathil, Palani Poosari Madam, and also initiated the Arthajama puja, Panguni Uttiram car festival and Avinashi car festival.
Inscriptions
On the foothills of the temple we find a stone landmark in the Mandapam built by Vêttuvappalayam Velan Thambiran. This gives information on the offering made by Murungai Perunthozhuvar to Lord Murugan during the reign of Kumara Varman Sundara Pandiyan. In the Chennimalai Velavar temple Garbagraham, on the left side of the entrance we find an inscription. According to this inscription this was made in Kaliyuga year 1641. This may be approximately 357 years old. We find another 600 years old inscription and according to the inscription this place is called Pidariyur. The other name Tiruvirundhapuram is also believed to be in existence before 600 years.
Literature
1.
Chennimalai Thala
Saravana Munivar Puranam
2.
Mêzhi Vilakkam
Saravanaiyā
3.
Chennimalai Pillai
Samynatha Pulavar Tamizh
4.
Chennimalai Yamaga
Samynatha Pulavar Vanthathi
5.
Chennimalai Āndavar
Anganna Chettiar Kādal
6.
Kongu Mandala
Valasundara Kavirayar Sadhagam
7.
Chennimalai Murugan
V.R. Teyvasigamani Pulavarātrupadai
8.
Poondurai Puranam
Kalianna Kavirāyar
The Sthalapuranam of the temple was written in the remote past before many centuries. The original was palm leaf inscriptions and was published as a book by Sri. Teyvasigamani Gounder after research and conversation with scholars. Arunagirinathar has made references to this temple in his works. The poet saint Saravana Munivar has also written the Sthalapuranam for this temple and has sung many songs on the bliss of salvation and god-Love. Other than these there are many hymns and songs written by Padikasu Pulavar and others.
Hymns & Songs
·         Kanda Shasti Kavacham
·         Kappu
·      huthiporkku Valvinaipom ThunbamPom Nengil
·      Pathiporkku Selvam Palithu - Kathithongum
·      Nishtaiyum Kaikoodum, Nimalar Arul Kandar
·      Shasti Kavasam thanai.
·         Kural Venba
·      Amarar Edar Theera Amaram Purindha
·      Kumaran Adi Nenjae Kuri.
Specialties of this temple
Temple
The temple of Chennimalai is situated on the banks of Noyyal also called Kânchima Nadhi. The Sanctum Sanctorum faces the east. Just in front of the temple one finds the Puliyadi Vinâyagar. Inside the temple to the right of Moolavar are the shrines of Mârkandeswarar and to the left Umayavalli. On the left side are the shrines of Kasi Viswanâthar and Visâlâkshi.



The steps behind Moolavar Sannidhi lead to the Valli Teyvannai Temple. The two consorts enshrined in a separate temple constitute a unique phenomenon. The Pinnâkau Siddhar cave with the front yard filled with Vel of different sizes and shapes is on top of the hill. This Siddhar is one of the popular 18 Siddhar known to the world for their Siddha yoga. Saravana Mâmunivar's tomb is near the cave. There is also another very ancient cave near this temple.
The main deity Murugan is equated to the Sevvai graham or planet Mars and all the rest of the eight planets encircle the Lord in perfect harmony. If one circumambulates the main deity he is believed to get the benefit of circumambulating the navagrahâs and worshipping them.
Valli Teyvannai Temple
Farther up behind the temple is the Valli Teyvannai temple. They are in penance to attain Lord Muruga. They are known by the names Amirthavalli and Sundaravalli. A separate temple for Valli and Teyvannai is another unique feature of this temple.
The observance of Shasti fast is also a special feature in this temple. Many devotees take this vow and spend 6 days fasting and praying at the temple premises. The monthly Shasti day after the new moon is also observed with great reverence. Particularly those devotees without progeny sincerely observe this Shasti fast and there are many instances of families coming traditionally on getting their vow fulfilled.





Asking for the Lord's permission before taking up any task like building a new house or getting their children married or any other issue is customary in this temple. Devotees offer an Archnai and perform Sirasappu offering. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative the Devotees do not venture further.
The holy water for Abishekam is being brought everyday by the temple bulls from the well located at Adivaram by crossing 1330 steps to reach the temple, which are being maintained by the Devasthanam. This procedure is also a unique one not found in other temples.
A spring on the southern side of the hill temple is said to gush water once every twelve years during drought conditions. The Vinâyagar near the spring called Mamânga Theertha Vinâyagar. The people worship this Vinâyagar and the holy springs with great Devotion.
Kanda Shasti Kavacham offering
The popular daily prayer of Murugan Devotees, Kanda Shasti Kavacham was first offered to the world in this temple by Balan Dêvarâya Swamigal. From that day onwards till today many devotees keep chanting this prayer every day.
Shasti Vratam
The observance of Shasti fast is also a special feature in this temple. Many devotees take this vow and spend 6 days fasting and praying at the temple premises. The monthly Shasti day after the new moon is also observed with great reverence. Particularly those devotees without progeny sincerely observe this Shasti fast and there are many instances of families coming traditionally on getting their vow fulfilled.
Sirasuppu Utharavu Kêttal
Asking for the Lord's permission before taking up any task like building a new house or getting their children married or any other issue is customary in this temple. Devotees offer an Archnai and perform Sirasappu offering. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative the Devotees do not venture further.
Holy water brought by the Temple Bulls
The holy water for Abishekam is being brought everyday by the temple bulls, which are being maintained by the Devasthanam. This procedure is also a very unique one not found in other temples.
Mamanga Theertham
Once in twelve years, during drought conditions a spring gushes out water. This spring is on the southern side of the hill temple. This is a miraculous Divine happening. The Vināyagar near the spring called Mamānga Theertha Vināyagar. The people worship this Vināyagar and the holy springs with great Devotion.
Other Shrines
1.
Malaivazhi Vināyagar
This is the first shrine we encounter when we climb the steps.
2.
Natarājar
This deity is enshrined in the temple inside the city.
3.
Tirumuga Malarndha Nāthar
Kālinagar Siva Perumān
4.
Tiruthār Kuzhali
Kālinagar Ambigai
5.
Kailaya Nāthar
Unnimalai Nagar Siva Peruman
6.
Periyanāyagi
Kailāyanathar's consort
7.
Markandesar
Lord Shiva on the hill temple
8.
Imayavalli
Markandesar's consort
9.
Tirusandhi Vinayagar
Thala Vināyagar on the hill
10.
Deivāniyar,Vallināyagiyar
Enshrined in a separate shrine in the hill
11.
Sathiyajñāni
Punnakku Siddhar, there is a cave on the hill where this siddhar lived.
12.
Idumban
At the foot of the hills Idumban is enshrined and is worshipped as the village deity.
Theerthams
Mamanga Theertham - This spring is on the southwestern slope of Chennimalai just opposite the Vinayagar shrine.
Kandu Kānāch Sunai - This spring can be seen only by yogis and saints (reference Verse 27 Siragiri Manmiyam)
Subramanya Theertham - This is found on the northern side of foothill. This is also called Saravanapoigai, Kumara Theertham. Saravana Munivar established this city on banks of this spring (ālayam Kanda Mānmiyam verse 11).
Sthala Vriksham
Sthala Vriksham is tamarind tree and is found in front of the temple where there is a shrine for Puliamarathadi Vināyagar.
Deity
The moolavar here is popularly known as Siragiri Dandayudhapani. This deity as per Sthala Puranam gave Dharsan to Saravana Munivar as single faced Murugan after appearing as the six faced Arumugam in the first instance. The utsava murti is Muttukumara Subramaniyar with his two consorts Valli and Teyvannai.
The wonder of Bull Cart climbing the Steps
 This is where an unusual phenomenon, rather a miracle took place in the year 1984 on 12 February. A bullock cart with two bulls climbed the 1320 steps on their own to reach the temple. More than 10 Lakh devotees from all around had gathered the previous night itself and witnessed this miracle.
Pinnâkau Siddhar
On the top of the hill we find the Pinnâkau Siddhar cave with the front yard filled with Vel of different sizes and shapes. IT is ancient lore that this cave leads to Pazhani. This Siddhar is one of the popular 18 Siddhar known to the world for their Siddha yoga.
Important Facts of this Temple
·         Also known as Siragiri, Chennimalai is approximately 3000 years old ancient Hill Temple, offering prayers here is considered distinctive.
·         Punnaaku Sittar’, one of the 18 sittars, lived here and attained Moksha. The cave where he did his penance can be seen here.
·      The Moolavar is in ‘Sevvai Amsa’ and other eight grahas of Navagraha, are graciously blessing in ‘Deva Koshta’.
·       Sri Arunagiri nathar, the famous Tamil Poet, has sung five songs about this temple, in ‘Tirupugazh’ and he received ‘Padikasu’, wealth of coins from Lord Muruga.
·         The famous ‘Sri Skanda Sasti Kavacham’ was launched by Sri Bala Devaraya Swamigal at this Temple.
·        Sri Valli and Sri Deivanai, both in one stone, in a separate temple is a unique speciality.
·         A speciality of this stala is that Childless couple, who follow ‘Vratha’ on the sixth day from Amavasya (Shasti) are blessed with Children.
·    Sri Sengathurai Poosariyar and Sri Vettuvapalayam poosariyar lived and offered services here. They attained Moksha.
·         Decorated Bulls carry the ‘Abhisheka items’ through 1320 steps for the daily abhisekam of the Moolavar, which is unique to this temple.
·      This temple has ‘Maamanga Theetha’, a stream which automatically overflows once in 12 years.
·    Devotees of Chennimalai Andavar, seek approval through ‘Sirasupoo uttaravu’ before important activities like marriage, buy/sell property or start of new business and follow God’s order. If the reply is positive they whole-heartedly perform that action or event. Traditionally if the answer is negative the Devotees do not venture further.
·         To the awe of the whole world, on 12.02.1984, twin bullocked cart climbed through the 1320 steps of this hill temple.
·         The Hundi of the Hill temple was stolen on the night of 02.09.2013, but the whole amount was miraculously found on Amavasya evening of 05.09.2013.
Pooja Details & Fee Structure
POOJA
TIME
First Time Pooja
7.00 A.M
Morning Pooja
8.00 A.M.
Utchi Kala Pooja
12.00 P.M.
Saya Raksha Pooja
5.00 P.M.
Rakkala Pooja
7.00 P.M.
Arthajama Pooja
8.00 P.M
Worship Time
Gopuja is done at 5.30 A.M daily and the hill temple sannadi is opened for Swami Dharshan and Pooja from 6.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M without any intermission. The temple is closed at 8.15 P.M after the Ardhajama pooja.
Fees
Poojas
Fees
Neivedhaya Coconut
1.00
Ashtothra Archanai
3.00
Milk & Curd Abisheka
5.00
Vahana Pooja
10.00
Sirasu Pooja
10.00
Viboothi Alankaram
10.00
Special Dharshan ( Normal Days)
10.00
Special Dharshan ( Festival Days)
25.00
Sahasranama Archanai
25.00
Trisadai Archanai
50.00
Special Abishekam
50.00
Ear Piercing Function
50.00
Special Homam
300.00
Marriage Function
500.00
Chariot (Radam Ula)
700.00
Note: Devotees have to arrange the Abishekam and Nivedhya items on their own.
Prasadam Details
S. No
Prasadam
Qty
Rate (Rs.)
1
Laddu
50 gms
6.00
2.
Adirasam
50 gms
5.00
3.
Murukku
50 gms
5.00
4.
Milagu Vadai
50 gms
5.00
Other items such as Coconut, flowers and fruits, Ghee Lamps, devotional books, cassettes/CDs and other memorabilia are being sold by retails shops
Festivals
Important Festivals
1.   Chittirai Vishu
2.   Chitra Pournami
3.   Vaikasi Visakam
4.   Aadi Amavasai
5.   Aadi Kritigai
6.   Kandar Shasti Soorasamharam
7.   Karthigai Deepam
8.   Thai Poosam- Ratham Ula
9.   Panguni Uthiram – Ratham Ula
Devotees on Special Dharshan Days
On days like Chitirai Vishu, Vaikasi Visakam, Aadi Kritgai, Kandar Shasti Soorasamharam, Tirukarthigai, Panguni Uthiram thousands of devotees visit the temple. Every month on days like Amavasya, Shasti, Kritigai, Pournami hundreds of devotees visit the temple.
Thai Poosam Chariot Festival
The car festival that comes in the Tamil month of 'Thai' attracts lakhs of devotees flooding the temple of Lord Muruga. The car starts from East Raja Street, then through South Raja Street, West Raja street and North Raja street again reaches East Raja Street. The town remains flooded by devotees for almost a week and lots of temporary shops occupy the road sides.

The Chariot festival held on the Poosa Nakshatra of theTamil Month ‘Thai’ is a biggest event in the district. It is celebrated with fervor for 15 days. Starting from the day the flag is hoisted; each day devotees belonging to a community take turns and carry out Annadana at their Madam. On the 8th day evening after flag hoisting, Vasantha Tirukkalyana Urchavam and on the 9th and 10th day Chariot Festival, 11th day Parivettai, 12th day Theppa Ther, 13th day Sattavaram (Grand darshan Procession) and come to a close on 14th day with Manjal Neer Urchavam. Devotees from all over the world visit the temple by ‘Padayatra’, observe ‘Vratam’ or carry different kinds of ‘Kavadi’. Approximately, 10 Lakh devotees pay their obeisance each year. On these special days, ’Annadanam’ and special Cultural Events are held. Similarly, during the tamil month of ‘Panguni’, on the ‘Uthra’ Star ‘Big Wooden Chariot’ Festival is held. This festival is celebrated for 6 days. Having two Chariot festivals in a year is unique to Chennimalai.
Other important festivals are Chitra Pournami, Kanda sashti, Agni Nakshathram, Panguni Thaer, Chennimalai Mariamman festival, Ekkattampalayam Mariamman festival, Murungathozhuvu Mariamman festival, etc. During the second day of pongal 'Poo Parikkum Thiruvizha' is celebrated as a part of Pongal celebrations and can see people going to the hills for plucking holy flowers, having food in the hills sharing with friends and relatives and performing 'Kummi' songs and dance which is unique to Kongu tradition and culture.
Temple Administration
This temple included in the list of temples under Section 46(iii) of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959. The Assistant Commissioner of Erode District is the Thakkar of this temple.
As on revenue year, the total income is Rs. 1, 50, 04,633/-. There are 18 Archagas and 32 Employees of the temple.
 This temple does not conduct any Schools or Colleges or Charitable institutions.
A Gho-Shala is being looked after by the temple. One cow for Gho-Puja and 3 Bulls for carrying ‘Moolavar Abhisheka Vastu’ are being reared. There is one Gho-Shala at the Hill top and the foot hill.
Marriage Function
Any devotee desirous of conducting the marriage function in the temple premises, have to fill up the due application form by paying Rs. 50/- as application charges. The application, duly signed by the relevant Village Authority along with attested copies of Bride and bridegroom’s proof of age, Proof of Address is to be submitted at least one week before the date of marriage. On the day of Marriage, signatures are obtained from the newlyweds, parents and witnesses and Marriage certificate is issued. The registration fee for obtaining the certificate is Rs.500.00
Annadhanam Scheme
Every day at 12.00 noon the devotees coming to the Hill temple are offered Annadhanam as directed by Hon’ble Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, to benefit approximately100 persons.
Donations for Annadhanam
Annadhanam for one day – Rs. 2000/-
Advance payment for one day every year – RS. 20,000/-
All donations towards the Annadhanam scheme is exempt under Section 80 (G) of Income Tax Act.
Thirupani
The previous Mahakumbhabhishekams held on 04.06.1973 and 03.09.1992 has been carried out without any refurbishment to the temple premises. Now the renovation is planned in a grand scale and all efforts are being done to perform Mahakumbhabhishekam in a grand scale. Towards this, since 04.05.2008 ‘Parivara moorthys’ sannadhi have been closed for refurbishment. The grand five levels Raja Gopuram is nearing completion with the works started since 2005. To preserve the traditions the Rajagopuram has been sculpted in ancient style and proudly houses a ‘Stone Chain’ made out of a Single Stone.
Thirupanni Expenses for 1 Crore incurred from temple fund and the balance
6 Crore collected through donations. The total amount comes to 7 Crore. The Mahakumbhabhishekam and the Thirukuda Naneerattu Perunshanthi was held grandly on 07-07-2014 in the morning 09.00 to 10.30 am.
Donations for the Temple are to be forwarded by Cheque or Demand Draft to
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER, 
ARULMIGU SUBRAMANIYASWAMY THIRUKOIL THIRUPPANI, 
CHENNIMALAI, PERUNDURAI TALUK, 
ERODE DISTRICT.
Devotees desirous of online transfer are to note the account details of the Temple.
IFSC CODE – IDIB000C063 
THIRUPPANI SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNT NO – 565403019 
NAME OF THE BANK – INDIAN BANK, CHENNIMALAI
Contact
Executive Officer
Arulmigu Subramanya Swamy Temple, Chennimalai,
Perundurai Taluk, Erode District,
Phone: (04294) 250223, 292263, 292595.
Website: www.chennimalaitemple.org
For Online Fund Transaction:
Bank Name and Place: Indian Bank, Chennimalai.
IFS CODE ONLINE NO. : IDIBOOOC063 (Online Transfer)
ACCOUNT NO. : 565403019.
Facilities available for the Devotees
The hill route to the temple has 1320 comfortably built steps, and a four kilometer metal road is also available.
Two buses are being operated to reach the temple from the foothills. The return fare for this Bus trip is Rs. 10/-. For the devotees who climb the steps, there are resting mandapas and drinking water facility enroute. The entire route is well lit. Modern toilet facilities are also available.
At the foot hills, arrangements have been made to offer ‘Mudi Kanikkai’ i.e., Tonsuring of head. Adequate bathing facilities are also available.
Boarding and Lodging.
There are private Lodges available in Chennimalai town.
For further details 
Contact: Amman Lodge, Chennimalai, Mobile Number - +91 9842191212. 
Quality eateries are available in the town, for details contact Hotel Saravanabhavan – Mobile - +91 9842251285
Connectivity
By Road
There are buses available to Chennai, CoimbatoreTirupur, Erode, Kangayam, DharapuramPalani, Madurai, Gobi Karur, Paramathi Velur, Tiruchengode, Salem and various other towns of Tamil Nadu.
Bus Routes
There are buses available to Chennai, CoimbatoreTirupur
·         11 - Erode via Myladi, Vellode and Kavundichipalayam
·         C5 - Perundurai and Kangeyam via Ingur and Naal Road
·         C10 - Sivagiri and Vilakkethi via Kalikkavalasu, Murungathozhuvu & Arachalur
·         11A - Erode via Mukasipulavanpalayam
·         11C - Erode via MPN Nagar
·         11D - Erode via Perundurai R.S., Pungampadi, Mettukkadai and Thindal
·         20A - Erode via Vellode, Kanagapuram and Lotus Hospital
·         C3 - Nathakadayur via Kalikkavalasu, Komarapalayam and K.G. Valasu
·         1 - Kangeyam and Kanjikoil via perundurai
·         1B - Kangeyam via Savadipalayam and Maravapalayam
·         C14 - Vijayamangalam via Vaipadi
·         C8 - Ezhumathur via Kalikkavalasu, Murungathozhuvu & Unjapalayam
·         C13 - Uthukuli
·         C1 - Sivagiri via Arachalur
·         P2A - Kavandapadi via Perundurai
·         K1,1A-kangayam via basuvapatti, Chennimalai palayam
Chennimalai is the main bus route between Erode and Palani. Now TNSTC is operating new services from Palani to Bengaluru and from Erode to Udumalpet via Chennimalai, and from gobi to madurai via Perundurai, Chennimalai, Dharapuram, Dhindugal.
SH-96 passes through Chennimalai town connecting Erode with Kangeyam via Perundurai and this route is used by Sabarimala devotees from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. There is also a proposal of new State Highway connecting Tirupur with Karur via Chennimalai and Uthukuli. There is also a proposal to upgrade Erode-Chennimalai route via Vellode into a State Highway.
By Train
Chennimalai is located at 25 Kms from Erode Railway Station.
A proposed rail route between Erode and Palani is going to benefit the people of Chennimalai and make a tourism circuit connecting the world famous temples of Lord Muruga at PalaniSivanmalai and Chennimalai.
By Flight

The Nearest Airport is Coimbatore. From Coimbatore, when proceeding towards Erode, turn south from Perundurai and travel for 13 Kms to reach Chennimalai.

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