Sunday, November 1, 2015

Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi

Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi
Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, often referred as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Anaimalai, in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The temple, nestled amid grassland interlaced with criss-cross pathways and rivulets against the backdrop of Anaimalai Hills, is about 24 km south-west of Pollachi. This sanctified shrine attracts large number of devotees.

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.
Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple enshrines Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman as the presiding deity. The deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 ft from head to foot. 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. Other deities worshipped include Neethi Kal (stone of justice) and Mahamuniappan. Legend has it that during Lord Ram wanderings in search of Sita, he stayed in Anaimalai in a graveyard.

Most noteworthy feature of the Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple is that it serves as a welfare government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary rectifying the physical ills of people and as a court of justice easing the suffering of men and women. Hundreds of devotees flock to the temple, especially woman, during Tuesdays and Fridays. The annual Kundam Festival celebrated here is a major draw attended by thousands of devotees amid much pomp and splendor.
This temple comes under: HRCE Inspected division of Anaimalai. 
Merchants meeting loss in their business, people hassled by enemies, women or men who lost their belongings take bath, sport holy ashes of the shrine, grind red chillies in stone grinder of the temple, smear the paste on stone of Justice called ‘Neethi Kal’.

You can take a bus from Coimbatore to Masani Amman Temple; many buses ply this route. There are special buses arranged on festive occasions when there is a rush of pilgrims visiting the temple. Masani Amman Temple is about 15 kms southwest of Pollachi and 45 kms from Coimbatore at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream.
Greatness of Temple
It is said that that Lord Sri Rama on His way to Lanka to visit and rescue Mother Sita came to know that Sri Masani Amman representing Parasakthi was in this place. He made an idol of the mother with the sand existing in the crematorium and worshipped. He made it in the reclining form.
As Ambica is in a crematorium (Mayanam) in a resting positions form (Sayana), she was named Mayana Sayani. As there were huge numbers of elephants here, the place is called Anaimalai – Anai-Elephant. Patittrupathu, Sangam literature mentions the place as Umbarkadu.
Girls face some physical problems when they attain puberty.  Mother Masani Amman helps them in such situations ensuring their health.  

The Prasad offered in the temple is called Pachilam Marundu.  Women consume this and tie a black thread in the hand for child boon and for relief from the effects of spells and witchcrafts.  The Prasad is a medicine for girls facing stomach problems while attaining puberty.  For recovery of stolen articles, devotees place ground chillies on the ‘Justice Stone’ in the temple.  Devotees also place their grievances in writing and tie it in the hands of Ambica.  It is strongly believed that solution would knock the doors of the applicant within 90 days.  Devotees also offer Pongal (pudding) to Mother.  
Temple’s Speciality
It is very common to find the Goddess idols in the sanctum sanctorum either in standing or the sitting posture, but here the Goddess idol is in the lying posture. The Idol is very huge about 15 Feet in length and the very sight of the Goddess is fascinating. The Deity has four hands two raised above the ground and the other two placed on the ground. The hands are carrying the Trident, Drum, Snake and the Skull.
In the Sangam Era, Anaimalai was known as Nannanur and ruled by a chieftain called Nannan. There was a dense grove of mango trees belonging to him. Appointing check post officials, he had proclaimed punitive measures against trespassers. An unfortunate young woman who was bathing in the river Aliyar stumbles upon a mango fruit coming to her, floating on the water. Unable to resist temptation, she at once picked it up and bit it.

The prying officials reported the news to the ruler. The innocent woman was produced before the chieftain with her clothes dripping water. She pleaded not guilty and prayed to the lord to be set free. She explained that she never committed any offence; if at all it was considered an act of stealth, it was more by chance than by choice. Although the father of the woman offered to give an image made of gold equal to her weight by way of compensation together with 81 elephants, the ruler did not relent and ordered her execution.
Filled with fury and indignation, the kith and the kin of the ill-faded woman took arms against the unscrupulous chieftain and killed him in a battle near Vijaya mangalam. The body of the hapless women was buried in the graveyard. An image of hers was made and people started worshipping it every Thursday and Friday. Soon a temple was built for the women, commemorating her martyrdom.
Pooja Timing
Opening of the Sanctum Sanctorum
6.00 A.M.
Anointment and adornment (Abhishegam and Alankaram)
6.30 A.M.
Noon Worship (Uchikala Pooja)
11.30A.M. to 12.30 P.M.
Abhishegam 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 the no moon day (Amavasai) worship and prayer start at 5.00 A.M. and till next day 8.00 P.M. People not only from Coimbatore District but also from other districts and other states too converge on the temple for worship and prayer in thousands.
Pooja Fees Structure
Rs. 2.00
Offering of Coconut
Rs. 5.00
Submission of Grievance
Rs. 5.00
Anointment with oil
Rs. 10.00
Rs. 5.00
Rs. 2.50
Anointment with milk
Rs. 2.00
Rs. 2.00
Passage for worshipping the deity
Rs. 5.00
Rs. 10.00
Rs. 10.00
Special Passage for Worshipping the deity
Rs. 25.00
Nei Deepam
Rs. 2.00
Kani vazhipadu
Rs. 3.00
Thiru Vilakku Vazhipadu
Thangamalar Archanai
Rs. 100.00
The annual Kundam Festival at Masani Amman Temple is celebrated in a grand manner and attracts thousands of worshipers. Other significant festivals here are the Brahmotsavam (Flag Hoisting). This is held on the new moon day of the Tamil month of Thai and is followed by 18 days of events with Kundam and Mayana Poojai.
A land measuring 2.85 acres has been gifted to the temple. On this land in a particular place is dug up a fire-pit for the Kundam Festival. 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 temple flag is hoisted. On the 14th day, at midnight, devotees hasten to the graveyard for special worship.
An image of the deity is made out of the clay taken from the graveyard and prayer is offered to it. On the 15th day after fulfilling the formality of what is known as 'Kankan', 'Kumbhasthapanam' takes place. Special worship is performed at 3.00 A.M. On the 16th day comes the Chithira Ther Festival. After the car circumambulated the town, at 10.00 P.M. the holy fire of the 'Kundam' is lighted.
On the 17th day at 9.00 A.M. devotees, in great excitement and frenzy jump into a fire-pit sprawling to a staggering length of 40 feet for fire-walking in fulfillment of their vows. On the 18th day, the flag is lowered. After anointment to the deity, 'Mahamuni Pooja' is performed.
The following days are celebrated as holy ones in the shrine: Vaikasi Visakham, Adi Perukku, Adi Pooram, Tamil New Year Day, Amavasai, Vinayakar Chathurthi, Deepavali, Karthigai Deepam, Margazhi Dhanur Pooja, Navarathri Etc.,
The Temple was renovated at a cost of Rs. 60 lakhs and the Kumbabishekam celebrated on 9-11-2000 in a grand manner.
The temple runs an orphanage for the benefit of orphaned female children. They are provided with food, clothing and education.
Annadhanam Scheme:
Annadhanam scheme is in operation in this temple. Since there is no adequate space for accommodation for pilgrims and devotees, an additional land of 2.26 acres has been purchased to build up cottages provided with all amenities like dining halls, bed rooms, batch, toilet etc., and for constructing orphanage, office quarters for temple servants etc., Now steps are being taken to commence the works.
Kalyana Mandapam:
The temple runs a Kalyana mandapam with all facilities.
Lodging Facilities
At Present, there are no lodging facilities provided by the temple. However, steps are being taken for building up cottages for the benefit of devotees and pilgrims. There are only a few lodges (Private) in Anaimalai. Pollachi Town, being in the vicinity of Anaimalai, has a number of lodging houses provided with modern amenities.
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 06:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Contact Information: (04253) 282337, 283173
Address: Sri Masani Amman Temple, Anaimalai - Pollachi, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu.
Deities: Sri Masani Amman (Mayana Sayani Amman)
Festival: 18 Day Festival in Thai (Jan-Feb)
The Executive Officer,
Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple,
Anaimalai - 642104, Pollachi Taluk,
Coimbatore District
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: (04253) 282337 +91 - 4253 282 337, 283 173
By Bus:
The temple is 15 km away from Pollachi Town. Town Buses ply between Pollachi and Anaimalai and back at an interval of 10 minutes. The city of Coimbatore is connected with Chennai by Train, bus and plane.
By Train:
Nearest Railway Station is Pollachi.
By Air:
Nearest Airport is Coimbatore

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