Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bannari Amman Temple

Bannari Amman Temple
Bannari Amman temple is one of the most famous Amman temples in Tamil nadu and it is in Bannari on NH 209, near SathyamangalamErode district. Bannari Mariamman Temple is situated in the foot hills of Thimbam which is on the way to Mysore, Chamraj Nagar. It falls under North West side of Kongunadu which is dense forest in olden days and now also. The temple which is very famous among the South India a powerful Mariamman worshiped here. People who pass this way will surely worship the God and then continue their travel.
People of past had witnessed the wonderful sight of tigers and cows quenching their thirst at the same spot of the river. Cowherds used to drive the cattle to the fields jeer for grazing. The cows fed on the grass found in plenty here. These cows were driven back to the stables at dusk. The cowherds used to extract milk form the udder of each cow and hand over the collected Milk to the owners of the cows. One particular cow did not allow the cowherd to get milk, nor did it allow its calf to go near it.
Around 300 years ago, the Dana Nayakkan or Dhandanyakkan forest was called “Bannari”. This name Bannari for this great historical place originated because of the great temple “Bannari Amman Temple”.

The cowherd has his own doubts about that particular cow and he decided to have an eye on it. He allowed the other cows to graze and pursued that particular cow secretly. It went alone near a Vengai tree and stood beneath it. Milk began to flow from its udder automatically. He wondered at such a strangle sight and told about it to the other cowherds.
The news spread like wildfire to the villagers. Next day they were on the spot to witness the wonder. They found the cow repeating the same behavior. Milk cozed out of the teats of its udder on the particular spot amidst the grass. They removed the thickly grown grass and shrubs there and, to their surprise, they found a sand-hill and s Swayambu Linga near it. Linga is a special of divinity and so they felt that the spot beneath the Vengai tree should have a celestial significance. They prayed to the Linga with fold hands. Among the devotees who were there, one got into a trance. As a spokesman of the Deity he began to pass on the divine message to everybody. According to his words, it was understood that the deity safeguarded the traders from Tamil Nadu who passed by that way to Mysore to sell their goods carried by cows on their back.

The deity was enamored of the picturesque beauty of that place and she decided to stay on there to bless and protect the pilgrims. Moreover, she wanted a temple to be constructed there so that the people in and around that place would pray to her in the name of Bannari Mariamman. Thus Bannari became the permanent abode of the goddess.
The above history has been represented by a set of paintings on the temple wall.
In ancient days Tamil Nadu consisted of five divisions known as Chera Nadu, Chozha Nadu, Pandiya Nadu, Thondai Nadu and Kongu Nadu.
Kongu Nadu was situated on the western side of Tamil Nadu. Mountains, rivers and forests added beauty to this fertile soil.

Bannari located on the North West boundary of Kongu Nadu. Of late, it has become pilgrim’s paradise because devotees from far and near visit this spot. It is held in high esteem as the celebrated abode of Goddess Mariamman.
Bannari Mariamman temple is situated at a distance of fourteen kilometers from Sathyamangalam in Erode District.

The temple facing south and it is surrounding by thick forests with verdant vegetation on the southern, northern and western directions.
The range of mountains and the hilly backdrop add charm to the abode of the deity.

Beasts such as elephants, wild pigs, bears, deer, hares, and monkey are found in the surrounding forests. Beautiful peacocks and various birds are also seen here.
The oracle was heard by everybody who has assembled there. In response to that message, the villagers Erected shed with ‘Kanangu’ a kind of forest herbs. In due course, the thatched ceiling was replaced by tiled ceiling. Funds were collected from philanthropists and the temple structure underwent renovation repeatedly and, the gopuram was built above the Sanctum – Sanctorium. Shobana Mantapa in front of the temple with 24-pillared mantapa with carvings of architectural beauty was constructed in 1967.

The Artha Mantapa, Maha Mantapa and Shobana Mantapa enhance the beauty of the temple. Separate shrines for such gods as Vinayaka, Bommairayan, Madeswara Sarugu Mariamman and Muniyappa are found in and around the temple.
On Thursday they will do pooja with turmeric water and the people belonging to temple will donate food for needy. The same day they do special Abhishegam and pooja for God.
On Friday evening Thiruvilakku pooja (pooja done to light lamps) will be done. On this occasion lots of ladies will praise god.
On Monday, the 8th day of Kundam festival maru pooja festival will be conducted. Sunday night itself they will decorate God as they decorated on the first day with golden kavasam (a metal that covers the entire body), costly ornaments and flower garlands. Then special Abhishegams will be done.
Darshan (meaning open to the public) hours are from 5.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
·         Kalasanthi (5.30 A.M)
·         Uchikalam (11.30 A.M)
·         Sayaratchai (5.30 P.M)
·         Arthasamam (11.30 P.M)
Women devotees participate in Thiruvilakku pooja on last Friday of every Tamil month.
Since the temple is situated in a dense forest, for the convenience of the devotees the temple will open at morning 5.30 and by night 9.00 they will close the temple. On behalf of the temple they produce Kumkum and Manjal which costs Rs.100 per kg.
On the kind request of the devotees they conduct Pooja for Rs 100.
Details of amount for respected Pooja
Pooja Details
Kaala Abhishegam
Special individual and special dharshanam
Special individual dharshanam
Individual dharshanam
Hair donation
Varam pooja
4 wheeler vagana pooja Bus, Lorry
Kumkum 1 packet
Abhishegam(including materials)
2 wheeler vehicle pooja
New Account pooja
Ear Piercing
Extra donations
Thiruvilakku Pooja
Video recording
Gold Kavasam
Gold Rath
Marrage Donation
Taking Photo
According to the order of the senior officer an advance amount of Rs 1001.00 is collected and with the interest of that money every day afternoon the temple administration provides food for the poor in afternoon. Moreover they have special place for the cattle’s and with the milk of those cattle’s they do abhishegam for the goddess. 
Facilities are available to pay the amount through e-mails
Gold Kavasam
Food Donation

Golden Rath
A golden rath of 9.8’ height is designed for Goddess Bannari Amman and from 1st may 2006 the rath is used for veethi ula. For this golden rath the temple has given about 7.77 kgs of gold. The wood and copper sheets were provided by peoples around the temple areas. The total cost of this rath is 53 lakhs. For taking golden rath to veethi ula devotees has to pay an amount of 1001 rupees and they can fix the timing for ula as they wish.
Kundam Festivals
The cowherd has his own doubts about that particular cow and he decided to have an eye on it. He allowed the other cows to graze and pursued that particular cow secretly. It went alone near a Vengai tree and stood beneath it. Milk began to flow from its udder automatically. He wondered at such a strangle sight and told about it to the other cowherds. The news spread like wildfire to the villagers. Next day they were on the spot to witness the wonder. They found the cow repeating the same behavior. Milk cozed out of the teats of its udder on the particular spot amidst the grass.
One British officer in charge of forestry did not allow the people to cut tress for kundam festival. All of a sudden, he began to suffer from vomiting and dysentery. He realized his mistake and prayed to the goddess to forgive him. His health was restored by the holy ash and water fetched from the temple. Then he allowed the people to prune trees from the forests for the festival.
Another British officer who was staying in the Traveler’s Bungalow did not like singing, dancing and playing the drums on the festival days. He passed an order to put an end to such activities. The next moment he has an awesome vision in which he saw two maidens with snakes around their necks. He became aware of his mistake and prayed to the goddess to bear with his fault. Then he revoked the orders and allowed the music and dance to go on as usual.
Yet another British officer aimed his gun at the walls of the temple and fired. Consequently he lost his vision. He prayed to the goddess and begged her for forgiveness. His vision was restored by the holy water which was fetched from the temple and sprinkled on his eyes.
One Sheit from Bangalore halted his motorcycle and enquired about the temple. The people told him that the temple was known as Amman Temple. At once, he, in a funny tine, asked them whether there any ‘Ayyan Temple’ nearby with such a satirical remark he started his vehicle. But it did not move. It stood still. Then he realized that he had incurred the wrath of the Deity by his sacrilegious remark, and then he begged her to pardon him for his mistake. He broke up a coconut in from of the temple in atonement for his fault and then only he could start his vehicle.
Once a lonely pilgrim wanted to stay in the temple due to the nightfall. A ferocious tiger appeared before him. It struck fear into him and he prayed to the goddess for safety and survival. By the grace of the goddess, the tiger went away from that place.
Once tents were put up in Bannari in 1954 to train the soldiers. The camp officer used to go to the temple daily to pray to the goddess. One day he found the temple closed in the evening. So, he prayed from the mantapa in front of the temple. To his surprise, he saw a flicker of bright light in the sanctum sanatorium. Next day he told about this miracle to the officers of the temple and hosted a tea-party too!
Once, during the festival day, a necromancer practiced black magic and threatened the devotees by setting a bear and a tiger on them adamantly. By the grace of the goddess the bear was turned into a stone and the tiger was turned into a sand-hill.
Likewise, numerous miracles are performed by the goddess time and again.
Transportation facilities are made available to the devotees on important days. Special buses are piled from Sathyamangalam and Coimbatore on such days as Sunday, Monday, Friday, New Moon day and festival days. Further, boarding and lodging facilities are also available for the pilgrims.
Special Features
Food Donation
The food donating system was started from 23rd march 2002 and is successfully processing with the devotees support. Devotees will donate food on 12.15 p.m. Devotees can participate in this system on their birthday, wedding day or any other special occasions once in a year. They donate an amount of Rs15000 for this plan. To provide food for 150 people for one day it costs about 1500 Rs. Income tax reduction will be availed for people who participate in this donation program.
Address to send Money for Annadhanam
BANNARI-638 401.
Important Notice
An orphanage is been undertaken by the temple for orphans, poors and disabled children. There are resting rooms provided for the devotees who visit the temple.
If the devotee pays Rs 1000 for Ucha KaalaKatta pooja, from the interest that comes from this money each and every year on a day prescribed by the devotee they will do special Pooja on the name of the person they desire to.
On the kundam festival people who wish to provide clean and fresh water to the persons who get into the kundam can contact the temple office.
People who are interested in providing wood for the kundam can donate Bamboo and neem tree wood for the temple.
Devotees donating food are not supposed to provide food in plastic covers.
The temple is not responsible for unexpected incidents due to the Government or any other reasons.
The Bommarayan temple is in Artha mandapam facing west side and the Ganesh temple is in front mandapam facing east.
God Matheshwaran is placed on a slab which is on the southern side of the Goddess temple.
Near the temple pond a small temple facing west is constructed for Sarugu Mariamman is placed.
On the west side of the temple pond a big pit is present. In that pit water will be stagnant only on rainy seasons. On other seasons water won’t stagnate there. To the left side of the way to the temple pond, God Vandi Muniappar is placed on a slab. During the festival for goddess the people of Cholar caste do special poojas for this God.
To the western side of the temple there are halls and rental rooms for devotees who come along with their family. Either sides of the way towards the temple pond there are places to give hair. There are tap water facilities for the devotees to take bath and there are separate rest rooms for Gents and Ladies to change their clothes.
There are about 34 rental rooms in the temple. The minimum rent for those rooms are rs100 per day. Moreover there are three halls inside temple premises. The rents for those are Rs 600 per day.
There are two food donating rooms too in the temple. Moreover there is a marriage hall for the temple devotees. The minimum rent is Rs.5500 per day.
Contact Us
ERODE DIST-638 401.
PHONE- 04295 243366, 04295 243289
By Road
There are lot of buses from Sathyamangalam (15 km), Bhavanisagar, Thalavadi and Chamarajanagar (60 km) to reach Bannari.
The Buses from Coimbatore & Erode to Mysore, Chamaraj nagar & Kollegal on NH 209 also passes through Bannari. One can also get the buses from Bhavanisagar and reach the temple via Kothamangalam, but this is a long route to reach Bannari.
And on every Sunday, Monday, Friday and new moon days there are special buses to the temple from Sathyamangalam, Erode, Gobichettipalayam & Coimbatore.
By Rail
The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam, the other near railways stations are Coimbatore and Chamarajanagar.
By Air

The nearest airport is the one at Coimbatore for reaching Bannari.

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