Amazing Facts About Arulmigu Eachanari Vinayagar Temple Coimbatore
As the name suggests, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayagar or Lord Ganesha. This temple is built in the 1500 AD and is believed to be one of the most ancient temples and oldest pilgrimage centers in the city of Coimbatore.
The specialty of the temple
The idol of Lord Vinayagar is considered to be one of the biggest in south India and is a whopping 6 feet and 3 inches in height.
The idol is placed on a high platform, and this, coupled with its massive height, allows devotees and passers-by to have a clear view of the statue from the outside as well.
History of the temple
Legend has it that initially, the idol present in Eachanari Vinayagar Temple was to be the main idol in Perur Patteeswarar temple. But at the time of transporting the 6 feet tall Vinayaga idol from Madurai to Patteeswarar Temple in a cart, the cart’s axle broke. Efforts to move it to Perur did not materialize, and people believe that after this incident, the idol seated itself in its current place. The locals took this as a sign and went ahead and constructed Eachanari Vinayagar Temple. This event took place back in 1500 AD.
The last Kumbabishekam was conducted in 1990.
The temple was constructed in the 16th century, and since then it’s held significant religious importance.
Not only the fascinating story of the temple but also the stunning architecture and the tranquil ambiance attracts devotees from all over the world.
Poojas and festivals
At the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, they celebrate Poojas and festivities with full pomp and extravagance.
Worship time – the temple opens at 5 am and closes at 10 pm every day without a break.
Ganapathy Homam is performed every day around 5:30 am. It’s a chargeable pooja and the money received is put towards maintenance of the temple. People also believe that it’s highly fruitful and successful to conduct Ganapathy Homam on special days like business setups, birthdays, weddings, and other notable occasions.
On days such as Amasavya, Saturdhi, Saraswathy Pooja, Aadi perukku, Deepawali, Tamil New Year and Poornima, special pujas are performed.
Every year during August-September Ganesha Chaturthi, the day Vinayagar was born, is celebrated in full grandeur. This is one of the most auspicious days at the temple and a must-see if you are here during this time.
Back in 1998, at the temple, a golden chariot was built for INR 55 lacs, and every day at 7 pm a procession is conducted on this chariot.
Apart from the poojas and festivities, the temple is involved in a lot of charity work like feeding free lunch to more than 100-150 devotees every day.
The temple provides free accommodation, education, clothing and lodging for 25 children from the orphanage, Anbu House.
For all the activities of the temple, including charity, pooja, and festivities, the general public contributes too.
The temple is a special place to visit to witness spirituality, tranquillity, and experience a holy feeling. Not only will you get to pray but also admire the architecture and bask in a serene atmosphere. It will definitely be an experience which will be unforgettable.