Friday, 16 December 2011

Ayyappan Temple at Gobichettipalayam

Thirukarthikai in November-December and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Opening Time:
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Sri Aiyappan Temple, Gobichettipalayam, Erode district.
 General Information:
Shri Sakthi Vinayaka graces majestically in the corridor – prakara – of the temple greeting the devotees first. Shri Adhikesavaperumal with His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, Thumbikkai Azhwar, Anjaneya and Garudazhwar at the back grace the devotees in special dressings.
For remedy from serious illnesses and for developing the speech skills of those suffering from serious stammering problems, people throng the Aiyappan temple. Ghee abishek is performed to the Lord thrice a day and ghee is offered to devotees as Prasad as a medicine. Devotees are blessed with mental peace and health.
Thanks giving:
Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras to the Lord.
 Greatness Of Temple:
Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga are facing each other gracing the devotees. The Manjal Madha shrine is very famous in the temple where special pujas are performed for those suffering from impaired speech.

On the left and right of the temple are the shrines of Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra). Aiyappa Mandapam follows then.

During the months of Karthigai and Margazhi (from November December and December-January) about 3000 Aiyappa devotees come here for pujas before starting their pilgrimage to Sabarimala. The Irumudi (a package with two sections containing contributions to Lord Aiyappa in Sabarimala) procedures and special pujas are taken up during this season.

Shrine of Nagaraja is near the Irumudi hall. There are shrines for Lord Aiyappan, Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi. Shrine of Balamurugan is in front of Lord Shiva blessing the devotees. The Manjal Madha shrine, who performed penance to marry Aiyappa is very famous in the temple. The Veena Dakshinamurthy as in the Madurai Meenakshi temple is in this temple too whom devotees worship on all Thursdays. Shiva Durga, Chandikeswara and Kalabhairava protect the devotees from their shrines on the left.

Sri Aiyappa Samajam was formed in the year 1977. Special abhisheks were performed to the Kalasas in the temple in the year 1987. The consecration of the temple was performed with all devotion and splendour in the year 2000.


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