Saturday, October 3, 2015

Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple, Coimbatore

Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple 
Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is an ancient temple situated in the outskirts of Coimbatore & it is located on the Anaikatty highway. Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is one of the   religious shrines in the region. The shrine is an ideal place for solitude seekers. Besides, the dense forest in the region provides shelter to several animals, elephants being most noteworthy among these. Travellers have to walk down to the shrine, as the shrine is not connected with roads.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and Lord Murugan is worshipped as Anubhavi Subramaniar here. The beautiful scenery of Western Ghats makes the devotees to love this temple. Devotees believed that the natural spring at this temple has healing powers. Hence they take a dip and then worship this lord.
In earlier days this place was actually called as Hanu Bhavi (Hanu for Hanuman & Bhavi in Kannada Means Well & it has Water). This temple is majestically present on top of a hillock, offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s northern outskirts. 

The temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya (2nd Son of Lord Shiva & Parvati) and is surrounded by lush greenery. These hills are frequented by wild animals & wild Elephants come here regularly as the fields below the temple offer great amount of drinking water and sweet sugar cane in the fields.
Another interesting aspect of the temple is that you have to literally climb a thousand steep steps to get to the temple. This Anubhavi Subramaniar temple has a natural water outflow, which spouts water all through the year. It is said that Lord Hanuman during Ramayana stopped here while he was flying above this holy place that is dedicated to Lord Muruga and dug a hole in this place to get water to quench his thirst & he got gushing water.

It is said that since that time till now this water hole has never gone dry. The most interesting thing about this place is this water hole is high above the hills at a very top. Remember physics - water flows from high to low, so if that being the case how the water can keep coming out from the bottom to top? For this reason, the temple is quite popularly known and people never fail to make their visit. 
Devotees with divinity and having great hopes in spiritual and religious beliefs can make their prayers to the deity present in the temple. Visitors can definitely feel the pleasing atmosphere and can make their prayers surrounded in a noise-free environment. 
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 then in 1969 and consecration celebrated.  The temple is 1 km far from the foot hills with 500 steps.  Idumban shrine is before the hill temple. 
Lord Muruga blesses from the sanctum sanctorum in standing posture with consorts Valli and Deivanai.  Lord Vinayaka and Muruga’s army chief Veerabagu are in the front Mandap.  Sri Anjaneya is facing north. 
There is a shrine for Navagrahas the nine planets.  Lord Shiva blesses in the name Sri Arunachaleswara.  Till now, the origin of the spring in the temple could not be discovered. It is noteworthy that the famous Marudamalai Murugan temple is on the southern side.  It is reachable through the up and down hill route.

Those seeking child boon worship here for five Tuesdays.  Bathing in the spring before sunrise continuously for some days offers an effective cure for mental and skin diseases, it is said. Those facing delay in marriages use to offer mangal sutras, vastras and perform wedding festival for Lord Muruga. Lord Subramania in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Presiding deity Muruga blesses devotees in His standing posture with consorts Valli and Deivanai.
The spring in the hill is mentioned as Kanachunai – meaning not discoverable – in a document by a king of Mysore. It is perennial. People use to place a flower on the head of the deity seeking his approval before starting any new work.
While passing through this hill with the Sanjeevi mount, Sri Anjaneya felt thirsty.  He prayed to Lord Muruga here for water.  Lord punched a place here with His Vel from where water sprang up and flowed as a river. 
This shows that Muruga worship was n vogue even during Valmiki’s period.  There are also 2 mentions about the velocity of the arrow of Rama as that of Muruga’s Vel.
The word Hanu stands for Sri Anjaneya.  Vavi in Tamil means water resource.  Hanuvavi means a water source that appeared for Hanuman-Anjaneya.  In days that followed the name changed as Anuvavi.  As Kumara-Muruga helped Hanuman, the hill is also praised as Hanumakumaran Malai.  Malai in Tamil means hill.
Temple Timings
Devotees can worship this lord on Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 8.30 PM, Saturday: 6.00 AM - 8.30 PM, Sunday: 6.00 AM - 8.30 PM, Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 8.30 PM
Aipasi Sura Samharam in October-November; Krithika star days and Karthigai in November-December; Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Vaikasi Visakham in May-June are the festivals celebrated in the temple with special abishekam and pujas.
Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple in Coimbatore is located at 11°03'24.9"N 76°50'54.9"E 11.056922, 76.848569.
Sri Subramania Swami Temple,
Anuvavi, Coimbatore district
Phone: +91-94434 77295, 98432 84842,
By Road: This Place is well connected to Coimbatore by Road
By Airport: The Nearest Airport to Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is Coimbatore Airport, Coimbatore which is 16 Kilometers away from Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple.
By Railway: The Nearest Railway Station to Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is Coimbatore Railway Junction which is 7 Kilometers away from Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple.