Thursday, December 24, 2015

Arapaleeswarar Temple, Kolli Hills, Namakkal

Arapaleeswarar Temple, Kolli Hills, Namakkal

Arapaleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats in Kolli Hills Taluk in Namakkal District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Arapaleeswarar / Arapalli Mahadevar / Arapalli Udaiyar and Mother is called as Aram Valartha Nayagi / Thayammai. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Appar and Sambandar had a mention about this temple. Lord Murugan of this temple is praised in Thirupugazh hymns of Saint Arunagirinathar. Kolli Hills is reputed to be the headquarters of ancient black magic. Hence, the temple is frequented by Sadhus and Tantrics.


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The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 2.30 PM to 7.00 PM. During the festival days, the temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 10.00 PM.


Masi Maha Shivarathri (Mar-Apr), Adi Perukku (Jul-Aug), Purattasi Navaratri (Sep-Oct), Aippasi Annabishekam (Oct-Nov), Karthikai Deepam (Nov-Dec) and Margazhi Thiruvadhirai (Dec-Jan) are the festivals celebrated here. The tribals in the region join the devotees in celebrating Adiperukku in their own traditional ways. They catch the fishes, bore their nose and leave them back in the river again. The Valvil Ori festival and the spring festivals draws huge crowds to the temple.

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Devotees pray to Lord Shiva for child boon, removal of obstacles in marriage talks, solving family disputes,  and excellence in education. Devotees believe that Arapaleeswarar is in the form of a fish. Therefore, they offer food to the fishes in the Pancha Nadi river before entering the temple. Devotees pray to Aram Valartha Nayagi by standing below the Sri Chakra Yantra in the ceiling of the mukha mandapa of her shrine for wealth.


Arapaleeswarar Temple,

Kollimalai, Kolli Hills Taluk,

Namakkal District – 637 411

Mobile: +91 94422 76002 / 97866 45101


The Temple is located at about 11 Kms from Semmedu Bus Stand. Kolli Hills is located at about 42 Kms from Senthamangalam, 53 Kms from Namakkal Railway Station, 54 Kms from Namakkal, 58 Kms from Rasipuram, 88 Kms from Karur, 92 Kms from Salem, 129 Kms from Trichy and 137 Kms from Trichy Airport. Kolli Hills is well connected to Namakkal, Karur, Salem and Trichy by road.