Thiruchengodu Kailasanathar Temple, Namakkal
Thiruchengodu is an ancient town located near Salem city of Tamilnadu, South India. It is located in the Namakkal District. The most famous temple of Triuchengode is the temple of Arthanareeswarar, where the God is present in the form of half-man and half-woman.
Kailasanathar temple of Thiruchengodu is a huge temple with gigantic tower and magnificent walls. The main deity of the temple is Kailasanathar which is present in the form of a Shiva Linga in the main shrine. There is a separate shrine for the Goddess of the temple, Sugunda Kundalambigal.
There is another shrine which is very important in this temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga. Apart from that, this temple also houses the usual idols such as Ganesha, Muruga with Valli and Devasena, Nandi in front of main shrine, etc. similar to any other typical Shiva temples of South India.
There is a huge Nandi statue in white stone which can be considered as the highlight of the temple. Before visiting the main Thiruchengodu hill top temple, one could visit the Kailasanathar temple located at the foot hill.
It is located at a distance of 20 kms from Erode; 55 kms from Salem city, Tamil Nadu state, India; around 370 kms from Chennai city, Tamilnadu state, India.
Thiruchengodu is well connected by state as well as private buses from Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Erode, Salem, Mallasamudram, Namakkal, Rasipuram, Karur, Sankagiri,Attur, Kallakkurichi, Paramathivelur, Komarapalayam, Bhavani, Edappadi, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc.,
The nearest railway station is Sankari Durg (8 km) & Erode Cauvery RS (16 km). The nearest major Railway Junctions are located at Erode (23 km), Namakkal (37 km) and Salem (46 km). The nearest sub railway station is located at Anangur (8 km).
The nearest airport is at Salem (46 km), Coimbatore International Airport (120 km) & Tiruchirappalli International Airport (120 km).